The King of Comedy

1982

Action / Comedy / Crime / Drama / Thriller

154
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 91%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 89%
IMDb Rating 7.8 10 62565

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Cast

Robert De Niro as Rupert Pupkin
Martin Scorsese as TV Director
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio as Extra in crowd scene
Liza Minnelli as Liza Minnelli
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1hr 49 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Scott LeBrun 8 / 10

The more scribbled the name, the bigger the fame.

"The King of Comedy" is a knockout dark comedy that remains quite relevant in our current celebrity-worshipping North American pop culture. It shows what happens as Rupert Pupkin (Robert De Niro), a 34 year old hopeless nerd, is desperate for fame and fortune. A struggling stand-up comic, he tries and tries to endear himself to the nations' # 1 comedian / talk show host, Jerry Langford (a well cast, and excellent, Jerry Lewis). When the celebrity ultimately gives him the big brush-off, Rupert and his unhinged friend Masha (Sandra Bernhard, in an impressive breakthrough performance) abduct Langford.

Working from an engaging script by Paul D. Zimmerman, master filmmaker Martin Scorsese is able to say a lot about the nature of celebrity. Even today, we do have a climate where people can be famous for no really good reason, yet still milk the situation for everything that it's worth. It also makes you think about peoples' priorities, and misplaced confidence in whatever "talent" they possess. As we can see from Ruperts' big moment in the spotlight, his material just isn't that great. (Although I personally got a chuckle out of the line, "her alcohol contained 2% blood".)

It's all enacted with a fair amount of realism, a healthy amount of attention paid to the real-life machinations of the talk show world (both Johnny Carson's and Merv Griffin's series were used as influences), and some absolutely great performances by De Niro and Lewis. The supporting cast has no slackers, either: Bernhard is clearly relishing her role, De Niro's lovely then-wife Diahnne Abbott is appealing as a bartender whom he tries to romance, real life 'Tonight Show' producer Frederick De Cordova is solid as the producer of Langfords' fictional show, and various real life stars have funny cameos as themselves. Members of The Clash have bits as "street scum"; Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (in her film debut) is an extra in the opening crowd scene.

Darkly humorous without ever being too, too outrageous, "The King of Comedy" is one of those films that's continued to look good and resonate, almost 40 years later.

Eight out of 10.

Reviewed by ufuuy_mans 10 / 10

Legendary Comedy

It is always difficult to find such quality works in comedy style. Robert De Niro has done a really good job. The character that he revived had almost lived and lived. It is a construct that leaves a pleasant smile, a curious person, a pleasant smile on the inside. It's a legendary movie with fiction and acting.

Reviewed by albert9999 3 / 10

Extremely Annoying

I didn't like the movie. It is built on 2 parts. The first part is a wanna-be comedian (De Niro) stalking a successful Comedian (Jerry Lewis). The second part obviously is about the Stalker kidnapping the Comedian. I couldn't watch the second part, because I was so annoyed that I had to stop.

What makes this movie so cumbersome is that the main character (De Niro) is an annoying stalker which is shown endlessly. Even after the point is made, that he is a stalker, the showing of him stalking goes on and on and on and never stops.

The movie has a main character which is near to unendurable. Yes, its great acting, but its in my opinion a thing that destroys the movie, to follow a main character which is annoying and boring.

The photography is nice and the remaster looks great, the movie catches the 80s look and feel of New York well.

It may be worth seeing out of academic interest, but seems entertaining only to masochists.

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