King of Comedy

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Synopsis

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

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Review Text An adequate song score for a sometimes bizarre movie. Featured artists include the Pretenders, Robbie Robertson and Bob James. ~ Steven McDonald

Product Details

Release Date
12/17/02 
Studio
20th Century Fox
MPAA Rating
PG -- Parental guidance suggested
Length
1 hour, 49 minutes
Sound
  • PCM Mono
  • PCM Stereo
Region
  • USA & territories, Canada
Subtitles
  • English
  • Spanish
Video Features
  • cc"A Shot At the Top" making-of featurette
  • Still gallery
  • Theatrical trailer and TV spot
  • Anamorphic widescreen (Aspect Ratio 1.85:1)
  • Audio: English stereo, English mono, French mono, Spanish mono
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
Number of Discs
1

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