The King Of Comedy (DVD)

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The King Of Comedy (DVD)

Martin Scorsese's THE KING OF COMEDY is a brutally funny depiction of the dangers of celebrity fandom. Robert De Niro plays the ridiculously inept Rup...

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ProDe Niro, Scorsese's calm

ConsToo calm, needs a bit more entertainment

Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese have collaborated a number of times on the big screen, but one of the most overlooked of their joint efforts is this dark comedy, King of Comedy. It's a tale of obsession that is a far cry from the gangster streets usually associated with the actor and the...

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ProGood satire, intriguing, characters/character deve...

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- Story - Rupert Pupkin is desperately trying to become a big name in the comedy circuit. When he manages to speak to his idol, the TV talk show host Jerry Langford and pleas to be given a chance to do a set on his show, he's not treated entirely seriously. This makes him all the more determined...

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Excellent

“The court jester rules”

published 25/03/2005

ProFascinating, atypical performances by all

ConsLittle known

Martin Scorsese's 'The King of Comedy' has long been a favourite film of mine. The storyline is nothing grand, and the acting is passing fair, but it is the little psychological pieces that keep poking in that make this movie an interesting one to watch. This is not a typical Jerry Lewis film by...

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Excellent

“Fantastic satire”

published 25/09/2009

ProGreat cast and story

Consnone

Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro have made a number of films together, normally violent gangster films, but The King of Comedy is different. This film is about a wannabe stand-up Rupert Pupkin (Robert De Niro), who tries to get his break, but when pestering famous comedian and TV show host...

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Martin Scorsese's THE KING OF COMEDY is a brutally funny depiction of the dangers of celebrity fandom. Robert De Niro plays the ridiculously inept Rupert Pupkin, an aspiring comic who idolises talk-show host Jerry Langford (Jerry Lewis). Still living at home with his mother, Rupert spends his days trying to arrange a meeting with his hero. When he isn't doing that, he's at home talking to cardboard cutouts in his makeshift television studio. After Rupert convinces Rita (Diahnne Abbot), a pretty bartender, that Langford has invited them to his house outside the city, the reality of the situation makes itself painfully apparent upon arriving at the star's front door. Trouble is, Rupert's too delusional to take the hint. He eventually hatches a plan with an equally obsessed fan, Masha (a scene-stealing Sandra Bernhard), to kidnap Langford in exchange for a chance to let him deliver his routine on the air. De Niro and Lewis deliver scorching performances that are at once tragic and hysterical, making for an unsettling yet highly stimulating viewing experience. Paul D. Zimmerman's script takes the time to truly crawl inside the mind of a lunatic, exposing celebrity worship as the ludicrous problem that it is. THE KING OF COMEDY stands firmly as one of Scorsese's most terrifying films.

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