The King of Comedy [30th Anniversary] [Blu-ray] [1983]

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  • Release Date: 03/25/2014
  • Rating: PG
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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
88% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (44 out of 50)

Special Features


  • Tribeca Film Festival: A conversation with Martin Scorsese, Robert DeNiro and Jerry Lewis
  • A Shot at the Top: The making of The King of Comedy
  • Deleted and extended scenes
  • Theatrical trailer

Synopsis


The King of Comedy
Martin Scorsese's satirical comedy/drama caustically explores the lengths to which a nobody will go to be as famous as his idol. Practicing his patter in his basement with cardboard cut-outs of his favorite celebrities, mediocre aspiring comedian Rupert Pupkin (Robert De Niro) believes that one appearance on the evening talk show of the Johnny Carson-esque Jerry Langford (Jerry Lewis) will be his ticket to stardom. After he helps Jerry escape the advances of amorous fan Masha (Sandra Bernhard), Rupert takes Jerry's patronizing brush-off as a true promise for an audition and begins haunting Jerry's office. Provoked by Masha's needling and a rejection from Jerry's smooth production exec Cathy Long (Shelley Hack), Rupert makes a disastrous trip to Jerry's country house with embarrassed date Rita (Diahnne Abbott), then hatches an even more outlandish scheme to get ahead. With Masha's help, Rupert kidnaps Jerry and demands as ransom the TV appearance that he believes will turn his fantasy into reality. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Robert De Niro
    Robert De Niro - Rupert Pupkin
  • Jerry Lewis
    Jerry Lewis - Jerry Langford
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    Diahnne Abbott - Rita
  • Sandra Bernhard
    Sandra Bernhard - Marsha
  • Shelley Hack
    Shelley Hack - Cathy



Overall customer rating

4.3
88%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    An Often Overlooked Scorsese Classic

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    AnalogReviews
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    This 35th anniversary of The King of Comedy is much improved from the standard definition release on DVD. It's a film about one guy's obsession to make it big by getting a slot on a late night tv show hosted by Jerry Langford. Since Langford isn't giving DeNiro's Pupkin the time of day, he forges an uneasy alliance with another fan and kidnaps the host. DeNiro is excellent as the crazed Pupkin and this role represents a departure from the roles that many people associate him with. While a great film, King of Comedy doesn't exactly find itself on par with Goodfellas, The Departed, Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, Mean Streets and The Wolf of Wallstreet.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Under rated classic!

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    trufilm
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    I saw this film in film class when I was 18. It really sucked me into the story. Robert DeNiro's performance is mesmerizing and kinda scary to think about at the same time. Always been a big fan of Jerry Lewis and had the honor of knowing him for a week of my life. Even got to talk to him about this and many more of his films and his friendships with some of the older stars of his time. This film and Last Temptation of Christ I think are 2 of Scorsese's most under rated films.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Underrated

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    BagheeraMcGee
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    It's not generally regarded as one of director Martin Scorsese's best, but this film holds up remarkably well after 30 years. Robert DeNiro plays Rupert Pupkin, whose dreams of fame as a comedian lead him to kidnap talk-show host Jerry Langford (a terrific performance from Jerry Lewis). In this "instant gratification-quest for fame" culture we live in today, the film has just as, if not more, relevance today than it did when it was released.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Classic!

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    Chucker
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    With the passing of Jerry Lewis, I knew I had to have this forgotten classic of the early 80's. A dark comedy that seems more relevant now than ever before. With the dawn of social media, everyone's s 'Star', but it wasn't always that easy. Disturbing, sad and funny as heck. Robert, Martin and Jerry at their best.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Dark, warped comedy

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    mormovies
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    KING OF COMEDY is a dark and painfully funny look a psychopath (Robert De Niro) obsessed with a TV talk show host played totally straight by Jerry Lewis. Tension builds and builds as Martin Scorsese gives us a lighter more bizarre take on a Travis Bickle type character. Finally on blu-ray, it's budget priced to sell!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Dark Comedy Perfection

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    actionman420
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    This is the most underrated Scorsese movie ever, with an utterly brilliant performance from Robert DeNiro, with Jerry Lewis his very equal in every scene. Scathingly funny, refreshingly nasty, and very prophetic, this is one of those movies that you have to see a few times in order to truly love all that it contains.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Dark Laugher

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    ArsonCuff
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    This early Scorsese movie is not one to be missed. It combines drama, satire, and dark humor in a very entertaining package, If you liked Deniro in Taxi Driver, this movie gives you another unsettling performance, no less dark, though done so with a lighter touch to a degree. A classic!

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A well-overdue re-release

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    wsg88
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    I already had the DVD version of this, but that disc doesn't offer much in the way of extras. The blu-ray edition looks and sounds exceptional, and the menu layout is much-improved over the DVD version. There is also a retrospective that was not on the DVD version. I highly recommend this disc.

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