The King of Comedy
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Directed by Martin Scorsese, "The King of Comedy" is about a man named Rupert Pupkin (De Niro); a man with dreams of stand-up comedy success and superstardom on his mind. He doesn't spend too much time in the real world; his made-up world is far more enjoyable to him. There is hardly a moment in where he isn't daydreaming some. Rupert knows that the one man who can make his dreams come true is talk-show host Jerry Langford (Jerry Lewis). Unfortunately, Langford wants absolutely nothing to do with Pupkin and sees him only as another star-crazed and psychotic fan. So, Rupert decides to do the next best thing that will guarantee him a spot on Jerry's show; he kidnaps him. Everything else just goes straight to hell after that with unpredictable twists and turns.
This was a very funny and well-done movie that should've gotten more recognition when it was first out. Although it may have never gotten the attention it deserved while in theatres, I feel it is more popular now than ever before. I've always heard people quote the movie but never knew of which movie they were talking about. Robert De Niro is amazing as ever and really has fun with his role. Jerry Lewis is also incredible as the bitter talk show host who just wants to be left alone by everybody. Sandra Bernhard also deserves mention because I thought she was hilarious in this as well.
I still can't believe this is a Martin Scorsese film.Read more ›
Jerry Lewis and Sandra Bernhard also were really good here, in supporting roles. Comedians sometimes make great dramatic actors as Lewis has demonstrated in several films. I don't know, frankly, if Bernard has ever done anything remotely as good as this.
Biographies of eccentric people usually are interesting and this one more than fits the bill. This movie was not popular with audiences and a number of critics but I think it was superbly done with laugh-out-loud lines as well as subtle humor and great acting. It is a wonderful character study of obsessed fans of celebrities, a pitiful condition that exists even more today.
If you have a warped sense humor you'll really love this film. I think it is perhaps the best-ever from De Niro and director Martin Scorcese.
"The King of Comedy" is a less known film of Martin Scorsese and I can't find an explanation why. But the fact it's not that known as his other works doesn't diminish its value. Grab this flick as soon as possible - it's one of the best tragicomedies ever put on celluloid.
`The King of Comedy' revolves around Robert Pupkin, a delusional wannabe comedian who sees local late night talk show host Jerry Langford as his ticket to the big leagues. Every night on the `Jerry Show' they have a `King of Comedy' and Pupkin desires to be that said king. He tries to corner Jerry, prodding him with material and asking him to consider letting him on the show, but when Jerry tries to let him down easy he only retaliates with a more forceful approach. After several failed attempts to become a part of Jerry's life Rupert finally decides that he has to take a more extreme approach to the matter, and that's when he enlists the help of another obsessive fan, Masha, in a kidnapping scheme that finally gets Rupert the attention he feels he deserves.
The script is deliciously subtle, a script that relies on the audiences perception of events rather than obvious gags. Case-in-point, one never hears Rupert's actual standup until the very end of the film, so we are only to conclude that he is a no-talent hack with no potential on the reactions of others, making up our own minds much later on in the film.
It is the strong performances that really elevate the film though, Robert De Niro once again proving why he was considered the greatest actor of his generation.Read more ›
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Robert DeNiro plays an aspiring standup comic who finds a highly unorthodox method for breaking into show business. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
There are no words for my second favorite De Niro movie (TAXI DRIVER is #1). Rupert is the somewhat loonier Travis Bickle and that red suit on the cover alone should entice anyone... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lavinia
This great show signed Rupert Pumpkin could have been made even better if it had been filmed with real impartiality: we feel throughout the film a kind of petty mistrust or even a... Read morePublished 2 months ago by dimitriweb [this reviewer has been added to the top 10 (see more)]
Great movie. Young Robert Deniro is great. Makes me wish the time when he still took interesting roles. Martin Scorcese directs and Sandra Bernhardt is a maniacal delight.Published 3 months ago by Tommy
I love Robert DeNiro and Jerry Lewis and they did a fine acting job but maybe I expected too much. Just okPublished 5 months ago by Carla M. Schenosky
A sociopsychological exploration disguised as a comedy. Brilliantly made and acted (Lewis has never been better and great to see him in a dramatic role). Read morePublished 5 months ago by Leslie Kael
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