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The King of Comedy, which flopped at the box office, is actually a gem waiting to be rediscovered. Like A Face in the Crowd (a not-so-distant cousin to this film), Network, and The Truman Show, its target is show business--specifically the burning desire to become famous or be near the famous, no matter what. Robert De Niro plays the emotionally unstable, horrendously untalented Rupert Pupkin, a wannabe Vegas-style comedian. His fantasies are egged on by Marsha, a talk-show groupie (brilliantly played by Sandra Bernhard) who hatches a devious, sure-to-backfire plan. Jerry Lewis is terrific in the straight role as the Johnny Carson-like talk-show host Jerry Langford. De Niro's performance as the obsessive Pupkin is among his finest (which is saying a lot) and he never tries to make the character likable in any way. Because there's no hero and no one to root for, and because at times the film insists we get a little too close and personal with Pupkin, some will be put off. Yet it's one of Scorsese's most original and fascinating films, giving viewers much to consider on the subject of celebrity. Its inevitable climax is clever and quietly horrific. --Christopher J. Jarmick

DVD Features

  • Available subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • "A Shot at the Top" Making-of Featurette
  • Stills Gallery

Cast

Robert De NiroRupert Pupkin
Jerry LewisJerry Langford
Diahnne AbbottRita
Sandra BernhardMasha
Ed HerlihyEd Herlihy
Lou BrownBand Leader
Loretta TupperStage Door Fan
Peter PotulskiStage Door Fan
Vinnie GonzalesStage Door Fan
Whitey RyanStage Door Guard
Doc LawlessChauffeur
Marta HeflinYoung Girl
Katherine WallachAutograph Seeker
Charles KaleinaAutograph Seeker
Richard BaratzCaricaturist
Catherine ScorseseRupert's Mom
Cathy ScorseseDolores
Chuck LowMan in Chinese Restaurant
Liza MinnelliLiza Minnelli (credit only)
Leslie LevinsonRoberta Posner
Alan PotashnickMan at Telephone
Michael KolbaMan at Telephone
Robert ColstonMan at Telephone
Ramón RodríguezMan at telephone
Chuck CoopMan at Telephone
Sel VitellaMan at Telephone
Margo WinklerReceptionist
Tony BoschettiMr. Gangemi
Shelley HackCathy Long
Mick JonesStreet Scum
Joe StrummerStreet Scum
Paul SimononStreet Scum
Kosmo VinylStreet Scum
Ellen FoleyStreet Scum
Pearl HarbourStreet Scum
Gary SalterStreet Scum
Jerry Baxter-WormanStreet Scum
Don LettsStreet Scum (as Dom Letts)
Matt RussoCabbie
Thelma LeeWoman in Telephone Booth
Joyce BrothersDr. Joyce Brothers
George KappMystery Guest
Victor BorgeVictor Borge
Ralph MonacoRaymond Wirtz
Rob-Jamere WessSecurity Guard
Kim ChanJonno
Audrey DummettCook
June Prud'HommeAudrey
Frederick De CordovaBert Thomas
Edgar J. ScherickWilson Crockett
Thomas M. TolanGerrity
Ray DittrichGiardello
Richard DioguardiCaptain Burke
Jay JulienLangford's Lawyer
Harry J. UflandLangford's Agent (as Harry Ufland)
Scotty BlochCrockett's Secretary
Jim LynessTicket Taker
Bill MinkinClarence McCabe
Diane RachellMcCabe's Wife
Dennis MulliganPlainclothesman
Tony DevonPlainclothesman
Peter FainPlainclothesman
Michael F. StoddenPlainclothesman
Gerard MurphyPlainclothesman
Jimmy RaittStage Manager
Martin ScorseseTV Director
Tony RandallTony Randall
Charles ScorseseFirst Man at Bar
Mardik MartinSecond Man at Bar
Bill JorgensenNewsman (voice)
Marvin ScottNewsman (voice)
Chuck StevensNewsman (voice)
William LitauerNewsman (voice)
Jeff DavidAnnouncer (voice)
Allan BakerAudience Member (uncredited)
Mary Elizabeth MastrantonioExtra in crowd scene (uncredited)
Mike TremontTalk Show Contestant (uncredited)

  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Theme(s): Satire/Parody/Comedy
  • Director: Martin Scorsese
  • Producer: Fox
  • Length: 109 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaFeb 18, 1983
    JapanMay 19, 1984
    AustraliaJul 7, 1983
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG
    EuropePG
    AustraliaPG
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaFeb 3, 2004
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