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The King of Comedy

The King of Comed y is a royal disappointment. To be sure, Robert De Niro turns in another virtuoso performance for Martin Scorsese, just as in their four previous efforts. But once again - and even more so - they come up with a character that it's hard to spend time with. Even worse, the characters - in fact, all the characters - stand for nothing.

With:
Robert De Niro Jerry Lewis Diahnne Abbott Sandra Bernhard Shelley Hack Tony Randall

The King of Comed y is a royal disappointment. To be sure, Robert De Niro turns in another virtuoso performance for Martin Scorsese, just as in their four previous efforts. But once again – and even more so – they come up with a character that it’s hard to spend time with. Even worse, the characters – in fact, all the characters – stand for nothing.

De Niro plays a would-be stand-up comic, determined to start at the top by getting a gig on Jerry Lewis’ popular talk show. Worse still, he has a sidekick, (Sandra Bernhard) who’s even nuttier than he is, only slightly more likable because she’s slightly more pathetic in her desperate fantasy love for Lewis.

When all else fails, the pair kidnap Lewis to get what they want: He a spot on the show, she a night of amour.

Diahnne Abbott is excellent as a girl embarrassingly drawn into De Niro’s fantasy world.

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The King of Comedy

Production: 20th Century-Fox. Director Martin Scorsese; Producer Arnon Milchan; Screenplay Paul D. Zimmerman; Camera Fred Schuler; Editor Thelma Schoonmaker; Music Robbie Robertson; Art Director Boris Leven

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1983. Running time: 101 MIN.

With: Robert De Niro Jerry Lewis Diahnne Abbott Sandra Bernhard Shelley Hack Tony Randall

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