I recently watched The King of Comedy on Blu-ray. It’s an old movie that stars Robert De Niro. The story isn’t that great, but the acting is excellent. In fact, the acting made the story so realistic that it was a bit uncomfortable at times watching the main character make a fool out of himself. King of Comedy: 30th Anniversary Blu-ray is available now. Continue reading to learn five things about The King of Comedy.
5 Things About The King of Comedy
The King of Comedy isn’t a comedy
If you’re expecting a comedy, then you would be wrong. The King of Comedy is actually a light drama with humorous situations. The story is about a man, Rupert Pupkin, who wants to be a comedian. Rupert doesn’t want to start at the bottom and work his way up (he probably couldn’t get a gig). Rupert decides his shot at fame is getting on a show hosted by Jerry Langford. The show is kinda of like Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show. Anyway, day after day, Rupert tries to get on Jerry’s show. The answer is always no, so Rupert kidnaps Jerry. For ransom, Rupert demands a guest spot on Jerry’s show.
He rather be king for a night
Rupert knows that if he gets his guest spot, he’ll be arrested afterwards for kidnapping. But he goes through with the kidnapping anyway. In Rupert’s opinion, he would rather be king for a night than a schmuck for a lifetime. The guy is essentially a loser, but he’s persistence and isn’t afraid to go after his dream. Rupert is a guy that is hard to like, but at the same time you can’t help but admire him because he’s so passionate about his dream.
The King of Comedy stars a young Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro was very young in this film. He was great, and very believable in the role of Rupert Pupkin. As I mentioned previously, the story was very realistic. The movie also starred Jerry Lewis as Jerry Langford. Jerry was good too. I was expecting him to be funny, but he played a serious character in the story. The King of Comedy also featured Sandra Bernhard (Masha), Diahnne Abbott (Rita), Ed Herlihy (Ed Herlihy), Lou Brown (Band Leader), Loretta Tupper (Stage Door Fan), Peter Potulski (Stage Door Fan), Vinnie Gonzales (Stage Door Fan), Whitey Ryan (Stage Door Guard), Doc Lawless (Chauffeur), Marta Heflin (Young Girl), Katherine Wallach (Autograph Seeker), Charles Kaleina (Autograph Seeker), and Richard Baratz (Caricaturist). The film was directed by Martin Scorsese.
The Blu-ray includes some special features
The King of Comedy, The 30th Anniversary Blu-ray includes the following special features:
- Tribeca Film Festival: A Conversation with Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, and Jerry Lewis
- A Shot to the Top: The Making of The King of Comedy
- Deleted And Extended Scenes
- Theatrical Trailer and TV Spot
It’s fine for kids
The King of Comedy is rated PG. The 109-minute movie is fine for kids, but I doubt they will want to watch a movie like this.
More info: King of Comedy: 30th Anniversary Blu-ray