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The King of Comedy

  PG HD Closed Captioning

Martin Scorsese

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Plot Summary

Oscar® Winner Robert De Niro gives a mesmerizing performance in Martin Scorsese’s timeless, darkly funny satire as Rupert Pupkin, a deranged comedian who will go to any length to gain the spotlight. Teaming with an equally imbalanced woman (Sandra Bernhard), Pupkin kidnaps his idol, jaded TV talk show host Jerry Langford (Jerry Lewis). The ransom? Pupkin gets one appearance on Langford’s show.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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91%
  • Reviews Counted: 44
  • Fresh: 40
  • Rotten: 4
  • Average Rating: 8.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: It's very funny, and it ends on a high note that was, for me, both a total surprise and completely satisfying. Yet it's also bristly, sometimes manic to the edge of lunacy and, along the way, terrifying. – Vincent Canby, New York Times, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: It's Martin Scorsese's second least popular movie, after The Last Temptation of Christ. Which is a shame, because it's Scorsese's second greatest film, after Taxi Driver. – Joyce Millman, Salon.com, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: It is frustrating to watch, unpleasant to remember, and, in its own way, quite effective. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: The uncenteredness of the film is irritating, though it's irritating in an ambitious, risk-taking way. – Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Great film

De Niro is amazing (and amazingly irritating) in this quirky Scorcese gem. I'm not surprised it isn't so popular (too quirky and irritating!) but I've watched it 3 or 4 times and will happily watch again. Jerry Lewis plays the straight man for once. And it is an all-too-depressing illustration of America's obsession with celebrity, and predicted the "famous for being famous" trash celebrity culture of Kardashians et al.

Crazy Good...

Before I saw this movie, I thought DeNiro's best work had been in "This Boy's Life." But in "The King Of Comedy," he might be even better. He's just a great actor.

SCORSESE IS KING, DE NIRO TOO!!

Great script and acting. A must have film that is Finally on iTunes. Buy it.
You will love💓 this movie. Ok, ok, you'll at least like it.
And now back to the show!!!
Tape rolling, and ACTION!!!

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 1983

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