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T-Made's avatar


Very intelligent satire film which presents a comical yet tragic character who wants nothing but fame. DeNiro was fantastic!
11 years 10 months ago
MKej's avatar


"Better to be king for a night than schmuck for a lifetime."
10 years 2 months ago
ChrisReynolds's avatar


Compulsive and fascinating viewing that is also very funny and has De Niro on top form, displaying his range by playing against type. My problems with the film stem from the way that Pupkin seems like two different characters: the first half of the movie he comes across as delusional and lacking any self-awareness, but in the second half when he's putting his plan into action he's cynical, manipulative and very aware of how others are perceiving his actions.
10 years 3 months ago
WilliamBravin's avatar


Brilliant. Can't believe this isn't a more widely known film.
11 years 3 months ago
tsamlidis's avatar


One of De Niro's absolute best performances
8 years 6 months ago
CinemaDump's avatar


The King of Comedy finds Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro collaborating for the fifth time. A lot of what happened during the making of this film makes it pretty clear that the two are extremely comfortable working together and just making movie magic. Scorsese gets the best out of the other actors in this film, even with De Niro lending a hand when it came to Jerry Lewis. That's a good partnership if I ever saw one.

Jerry Lewis' role could not be more meta and he plays it with underappreciated prowess. I find it mind boggling and extremely disappointing that The King of Comedy bombed when it was originally released. The world wasn't ready for the grim reality of celebrity chasers I suppose that plays like a gut-wrenching black comedy. It's not an easy film to digest and I'm all the more glad that it isn't.

Rupert Pupkin (Robert De Niro) is an autograph hound who's taken a special interest in comedy show host Jerry Langford (Jerry Lewis). He wants to be a comedian and have his own show, going to great lengths to create his own basement studio with cardboard cutouts of famous stars. He's 34 though and there's no way he'll be bankable for much longer so he forces his way to come face to face with Jerry Langford to ask him to listen to his material so that he can have a spot on his show. Jerry tell him to give his office a call and they'll arrange something.

Martin Scorsese keeps you on your feet while watching The King of Comedy. De Niro's character has these moments where he's in a fantasyland and it becomes clear that he has trouble distinguishing between the two. This creates some intensely uncomfortable situations that become more and more crushing as the movie goes on. The more you learn about Rupert, the worse you feel for him.

The film is of course very nicely shot with great use of colours and lighting. There's a sequence that happens near the conclusion of the film involving Sandra Bernhard's character Masha using only candlelight that is particularly nice to look at. Martin Scorsese is also adventuresome with his camera and captures things in an interesting way.

Robert De Niro is particularly good in his role as Pupkin and oddly likeable. The real underrated gem though is Jerry Lewis as I had said before. There are some moments where he's not saying anything at all but the fear or anger on his face really come out. The world of celebrity stalkers isn't a pretty one and Sandra Bernhard along with Robert De Niro really demonstrate that. Bernhard's character is frightfully scary and definitely not someone I would want to spend an hour with, let alone an evening alone with her.

The more you watch The King of Comedy, the clearer things get in regards to Pupkin and who he really is. There are definitely some elements of comedy but the reality of the situation makes it hard to actually laugh. This is a movie about a disillusioned man hitting a roadblock and trying to find his way around it. The performances are great and Scorsese is as reliable as always. The King of Comedy is just way too underrated for how good it really is.

9 years 10 months ago
UnEnfantPerdu's avatar


Scorcese's second best feature after Taxi Driver. With De Niro, Jerry Lewis and Sandra Banhart putting in tremendous performances.
10 years 2 months ago
george4mon's avatar


a very very underrated film!
12 years 2 months ago
squeamish movie lover's avatar

squeamish movie lover

A highly intelligent satire and ond one of the best films of the 1980's.
14 years 7 months ago
NourNasreldin's avatar


I really enjoyed this. I recently discovered that there's nothing I like more than watching a film in which DeNiro plays a psychopath (half psycho) and is shot by Scorsese.

These two together are just Dynamite. The film's dialogue is beautiful and very enjoyable especially in DeNiro's standup comedy scene.

Not my favorite Scorsese film, but still, I found it amusing and indulging. The story is really interesting.
10 years 4 months ago
vigneshneel's avatar


Satire? This is reality.
5 years ago
ashishinsf's avatar


That's what you call a classic, de niro is king, movie is timeless.
11 years 5 months ago
aussieflickfan's avatar


I like the amoral main character - the viewer tries to find a something redeeming in him and fails. This is like 'The Sweet Smell of Success' as it shows the worst in human nature and the cost of getting what you want. None of it seems like it could not happen, which is the most repulsive aspect of it.
13 years 7 months ago
Dieguito's avatar


very funny, Robert De Niro is great!!
12 years 9 months ago
hawkeyevigo's avatar


I can't understand why this bombed
1 year 1 month ago

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