The King of Comedy


The King of Comedy

Overview:

Aspiring comic Rupert Pupkin attempts to achieve success in show business by stalking his idol, a late night talk-show host who craves his own privacy.

Votes 291 (7.6/10)

Runtime: 109 minutes

Release Date 1983-02-18

Budget: $20,000,000.00

Tagline: It's No Laughing Matter.

Production company:

  • Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
  • Embassy International Pictures

Production country:

  • United States of America

Genres:

  • Comedy
  • Drama

Trailer

Further Information

Rupert Pupkin
Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro
Jerry Langford
Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis
Rita Keane
Diahnne Abbott
Diahnne Abbott
Masha
Sandra Bernhard
Sandra Bernhard
Cathy Long
Shelley Hack
Shelley Hack
Rupert's Mom
Catherine Scorsese
Catherine Scorsese
Dolores
Cathy Scorsese
Cathy Scorsese
Raymond Wirtz
Ralph Monaco
Ralph Monaco
Bert Thomas
Frederick de Cordova
Frederick de Cordova
Giardello
Ray Dittrich
Ray Dittrich
Captain Burke
Richard Dioguardi
Richard Dioguardi
Wilson Crockett
Edgar J. Scherick
Edgar J. Scherick
Himself
Ed Herlihy
Ed Herlihy
Band Leader
Lou Brown
Lou Brown
Himself
Tony Randall
Tony Randall
Himself
Victor Borge
Victor Borge
Herself
Joyce Brothers
Joyce Brothers
Herself
Liza Minnelli
Liza Minnelli
TV Director
Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese
Stage Door Fan
Loretta Tupper
Loretta Tupper
Stage Door Fan
Peter Potulski
Peter Potulski
Stage Door Fan
Vinnie Gonzales
Vinnie Gonzales
Stage Door Guard
Whitey Ryan
Whitey Ryan
Chauffeur
Doc Lawless
Doc Lawless
First Man at Bar
Charles Scorsese
Charles Scorsese
Second Man at Bar
Mardik Martin
Mardik Martin
Jonno
Kim Chan
Kim Chan
Street Scum
Joe Strummer
Joe Strummer
Street Scum
Ellen Foley
Ellen Foley
Street Scum
Paul Simonon
Paul Simonon
Plainclothesman
Tony Devon
Tony Devon
Director
Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese
Producer
Robert F. Colesberry
Robert F. Colesberry
Producer
Robert Greenhut
Robert Greenhut
Producer
Arnon Milchan
Arnon Milchan
Director of Photography
Fred Schuler
Fred Schuler
Author
Paul D. Zimmerman
Paul D. Zimmerman
Editor
Thelma Schoonmaker
Thelma Schoonmaker
Casting
Cis Corman
Cis Corman
Production Design
Boris Leven
Boris Leven
Original Music Composer
Robbie Robertson
Robbie Robertson
Screenplay
Paul D. Zimmerman
Paul D. Zimmerman
Costume Design
Richard Bruno
Richard Bruno
Art Direction
Edward Pisoni
Edward Pisoni
Art Direction
Lawrence Miller
Lawrence Miller

Ian Beale

**De Niro as yet another deluded psycho** De Niro is Rupert Pitkin, a comedian who seeks to be as famous as his hero, Jerry Lewis. Pupkin could be Travis Bickle's equally disturbed brother - both of them living in New York and both of them losing their minds in unison. After much rejection, the crazed Pupkin decides to kidnap his hero and hold him for ransom until a studio gives him a big break. Jerry Lewis is impressive as the total bastard that Pupkin so admires. A disturbing movie that is more relevant nowadays than ever since the advent of the Big Brother tv show which places national attention on people with no talent. - Ian Beale

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