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King Of The Corner

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King of the Corner

Leo Spivak (Peter Riegert) is drifting through life without a compass. His father (Eli Wallach) is aging fast, his teenage daughter is rebelling, his protégé is after his job and his wife (Isabella Rossellini) is losing her patience. A twist of fate and some bizarre wisdom from a "freelance rabbi" (Eric Bogosian) help Leo navigate the murky waters of his life and turn his crisis into a second-chance.

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Those in search of happy endings and maudlin moments may walk away disappointed from the extremely enjoyable King of the Corner, a modest, often touching film fully equipped with some very big laughs. Aging salesman Leo Spivak (Peter Reigert) is coming to terms with his incredibly messy life; his career is dimming, his elderly father (Eli Wallach) is quickly fading, and his personal life is in shambles. Is Leo falling apart at the seams, or will this be his golden opportunity to take stock and turn it all around? Visiting universal themes like adultery, parenthood, and death, King of the Corner jumps smoothly between sad and funny to incredibly uncomfortable as Leo faces life's daily ups and downs in the only way that he knows how--very awkwardly. The plot isn't so much about resolutions and answers as is it about the journey and finding a laugh here and there along the way.

You might know actor Peter Reigert from quirky sleepers like Local Hero and Crossing Delancey, his excellent turn in the intense Traffic, or his hilarious Donald "Boon" Schoenstein in Animal House. Many, however, may be surprised to find that his 2001-directed short By Courier was nominated for an Academy Award and that with this, his first full-length feature film, he delivers a breezy, well-packaged crowd pleaser. Reigert's efficient directing style keeps the story moving comfortably along while his sardonic screen presence and a terrific cast including Beverly D'Angelo (Coal Miner's Daughter), Isabella Rossellini (Blue Velvet), and Rita Moreno (West Side Story) all bring something to the table in roles large and small. Like reality, King of the Corner portrays life as it is: lots of lose ends, no easy answers, and every once in a while, very funny. --Matt Wold


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  • Actors: Isabella Rossellini, Peter Riegert, Frank Wood, Jake Hoffman
  • Directors: Peter Riegert
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: FilmRise
  • DVD Release Date: October 25, 2005
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AQ69NQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,108 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Tommy on November 7, 2005
Format: DVD
This film is the story of a middle aged man who is still unsure of who he really is (or should be). He struggles to have a decent relationship with his elderly father, his wife and his daughter. His job is less than secure and he is having a bit of an (after) mid-life crisis. Very well made film with an amazing cast and some great dialogue. Actor/director Peter Riegert (Animal House,Local Hero) has been traveling around the country promoting this film and hopefully it will find an audience soon. Mr Riegert holds Q and A sessions after the screenings of King Of The Corner and the man has a real love of acting (not to mention that everyone involved in this movie is outstanding). There is a nice dry sense of humor throughout the film, so when things do take a turn for the worse, you can expect a chuckle to be just around the corner. For fans of movies about love, loss and finding happiness in this short life we are given, this is a movie to cherish. The only passion you will find in cinema these days is within the indy film scene. I look forward to Mr Riegert's next project (whether it be acting or directing).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mila Troyan on June 11, 2007
Format: DVD
I really wanted to like this movie and I felt it started out pretty good but it became painfully clear that its main fault is that it tries to depict the Jewish experience in America with one worn out cliche after another. The wooden acting by most of the cast didn't help either.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By chicoer2003 on October 26, 2005
Format: DVD
King of the Corner is quirky and cute. Reigert is funny, with some great quotes. The ensemble actors are also great, especially Rossellini and Johnson. Enjoyable film with many great scenes.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Matthew J. Adams on October 26, 2005
Format: DVD
What a great find! I recently saw this movie and was really impressed. Great cast, great performances, some very very funny scenes, and some surprisingly raw ones. I'm a huge fan of curb Your Enthousiasm and loved Sideways - it has that kind of appeal. I would highly recommend this.
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Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is one of those wonderful 'small' films that you kick yourself for missing in the theater! Don't kick yourself for missing it on DVD!!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Colleen10014 on July 19, 2007
Format: DVD
This is a very mediocre movie. I'm not surprised it didn't find a distributor, despite having a pretty stellar cast, which includes Eli Wallach, Isabella Rosellini, Rita Moreno and Beverly D'Angelo.
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