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The King of Comedy

The King of Comedy
  • 1983
  • US
  • 104 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Martin Scorsese
  • Cast: Robert De Niro, Sandra Bernhard, Jerry Lewis

Scorsese's 1983 comedy bombed; 80s audiences were repelled by writer Zimmerman's brutal tale about a fifth-rate comedian determined to be a star. With hindsight, it's a brilliant exploration of a culture where anyone can be famous; De Niro's Pupkin is wonderfully repellent, Bernhard hurls herself at the camera and Lewis's slow burn is unforgettable. At times almost unwatchable for the sheer embarrassment factor, it's one of its director's finest films.

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