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The King of Comedy

(DVD - 2002 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The King of Comedy


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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.
Title: The king of comedy
[videorecording]
Publisher: [Beverly Hills, Calif] :, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment,, c2002.
Edition: Widescreen ed.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 109 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: CPL DVD# 1300674
Originally released as motion picture in 1983.
Special features: "A shot at the top" making-of featurette; still gallery; theatrical trailer and TV spot.
Contents: Special features: Anamorphic widescreen presented in a letterbox format
"A shot at the top" making of featurette
Still gallery
Thetrical trailer and TV spot
Language: Egnlish stereo ; English mono ; French mono ; Spanish mono
Subtitles: English, Spanish.
Summary: 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.
Audience: MPAA rating PG.
Local Note: 15 53 57 76 81 109 118 148 152 172 231
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Report This Jan 04, 2014
  • lobsterandtheliver rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

Report This Aug 29, 2013
  • AGuyInAHat rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

One thing I love about comedies is when directors cast the funniest actor in the film, as a very strict, no nonsense, and humorless grump, that's what Martin Scorsesse did with Jerry Lewis in this film. When I first watched this movie, I really didn't know what to think of it. Robert De Niro plays a strugling comedian named Rupert Pupkin, whose obsession with late night televsion host, Jerry Langford (Lewis), drives him to extremes when he kidnappes him in order to get on his television show. There is some pretty dark stuff in this film, which I suppose is what makes the impact with the viewer. It's one of the only Martin Scorsesse pictures, that I really had to think about before giving my opinion on it, and my opinion is that it is a very good movie, with a strong cast and a truly Oscar worthy performance from Jerry Lewis, seriously, you can't find talent like Jerry anymore, you just don't.

Report This Apr 02, 2013
  • spl1000019454692 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Oddball comedy with amazing director and cast.

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