The King of Comedy

The King of Comedy

DVD - 2002
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Talk show host Jerry Langford is kidnapped on his way to the studio by an aspiring stand-up comic who is short on talent but long on ambition. The ransom demand: an appearance on Langford's show to perform his routine.
Publisher: [United States] : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2002
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC K
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca.109 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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VonHafenstaaad
Aug 02, 2018

Enjoyable film by Martin Scorsese about a " wannabee " who kidnaps a star- this film is really a fraught drama with any laughter produced by the uncomfortable situations the mentally ill comic ( played by Robert DeNiro ) puts himself in. This isn't Scorsese's best but it is worth watching.

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MontMoroc
Aug 01, 2018

One of Scorcese's more underrated films- mainly because it takes an unflinching and brutally honest look at the entertainment industry, and it's golem-like appendage called " fame ". DeNiro gives one of his more subtle performances- all the more amazing as he was reputedly doing a lot of narcotics at the time. Jerry Lewis basically doesn't act in the film- what you see is basically what you get in real life. The film is tough but very funny- the original progenitor of ' squirm and laugh ' comedy in the US.
It's sad to see how much someone who is mentally ill can delude and hurt themselves and those around them. My heart really does go out to those suffering under these kind of delusions.

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Open_Sesame
Jul 31, 2018

LUIS BUNUEL ranks right up there as the worst, most incompetent foreign director of all.

JEAN LUC GODARD comes in as a close second.

DAVID LYNCH is America's answer to BUNUEL.

JOHN CARPENTER is LYNCH'S twin sister in amateur film-making.

After seeing King of Comedy, MARTIN SCORSESE makes the trio of awful USA directors complete.

It really figures that SCORSESE cast that jerk JERRY LEWIS and that smirking creep ROBERT DE NIRO together in the same piece of garbage. This really shows just how horrible these 2 overloaded egos truly are.

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Bang_On
Jul 30, 2018

Blah! I think I'm gonna be sick!

In "The King of Comedy" actor, Robert De Niro plays (what I gather to be) the ultimate-of-ultimate pests (aka. Rupert Pupkin).

And, if this despicable, little pest had had even one likable bone in his body (and had his stand-up comedy shtick been genuinely funny) - Then - Yes - I would've considered this otherwise badly-conceived comedy to be a worthwhile view.

But, far from it! - With the clueless De Niro continually flapping his arms around like he was ready to take off with all of the other dodos and spewing out some of the most tiresome one-liners imaginable - I thought that "The King of Comedy" was nothing but an absolutely unfunny piece of sh*t.

IMO - The Rupert Pupkin character really should've been played by an actor in his early 20's - Instead of by De Niro who was in his late 30's.

whenever I think of jerry lewis, a line from a Guess Who song springs to my inner ear: 'Where'd you get the gun, John?" in jerry's case, I'd say instead, 'where'd you get the mansion, jerry?' rest in peace, Gomer Pyle.

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petercorell
Nov 30, 2017

A comedy that I will never forget. Jerry Lewis plays a straight part and Robert De Niro plays the comedian. The two are magical on the screen. Both must have respected each other and loved working together. They made a hell of a good movie!

Marinetti Mar 16, 2017

A comedy of pain about a ' wannabe ' stand up comedian, this movie prefigures reality TV and various distortions by about twenty years.

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Nursebob
Nov 23, 2015

Martin Scorsese takes aim at America’s obsession with celebrity and scores a direct hit in this funny and very mean-spirited satire. Although it starts out deceptively as just another wacky comedy you soon realize that Scorsese’s protagonists are actually a pair of narcissistic psychopaths with De Niro’s Pupkin a sitcom reincarnation of Travis Bickle. This revelation suddenly casts all those jokes and pratfalls in an uncomfortably sinister light as the true depth of Pupkin’s mania becomes apparent and, by association, the public’s unquenchable thirst for novelty and sensationalism (spurred on by a press eager to invent the next Big Thing). With its cruel cynicism and sense of the absurd, The King offers a few shivers to go with its laughs.

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outside_of_a_dog
Apr 02, 2013

Oddball comedy with amazing director and cast.

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