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Punchline (1988)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  7 October 1988 (USA)
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Steven Gold is a stand-up comedian who is flat broke and has recently dropped out of medical school. He and several others work regularly at the Gas Station, a New York comedy club. The ... See full summary »

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Steven Gold is a stand-up comedian who is flat broke and has recently dropped out of medical school. He and several others work regularly at the Gas Station, a New York comedy club. The wages are lousy and everybody hopes for the big break. Lilah Krytsick is housewife with an ambition to be a stand-up comedian, however she doesnt seem to have the talent. Steven takes her under his wings and teaches her the art of comedy and humour. But when a TV station arranges a comedy evening at the club, Steve sees his opportunity for fame and stardom. Their friendship seems quickly forgotten and now it's every man and woman for him- or herself! Written by Mattias Pettersson <seaman@sbbs.se>

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7 October 1988 (USA)  »

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Punch Line  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$21,032,267 (USA)
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One of two pictures first released theatrically in 1988 starring Tom Hanks with the other being 20th Century Fox's Big (1988). Columba Pictures CEO Dawn Steel decided to release Punchline (1988) after the box-office hit Big (1988) had first been in theaters. See more »

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Lilah Krytsick: Oh okay, so I'm not funny, SHOOT ME!
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Quite Memorable, But Gut-Wrenching At Times
13 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Memorable.....but bad memories outweigh good, at least for me, with this movie.

That's my recollection of this film which, frankly, I haven't seen in over a decade. However, this movie left some indelible impressions in my sensitive memory, and perhaps I'll re-visit it again one day.

Tom Hanks was mesmerizing as the haunted comedian, a man with a lot of talent to make people laugh but a guy tormented by the lack of support from his father. There is a scene or two in here with this dad that is so uncomfortable to watch that it has prevented me from seeing this another time.

Too bad, because I do remember some wonderful, funny scenes such as Hanks in the hospital entertaining the patients. Sally Field also gives a touching performance as a housewife trying to break into the business, and John Goodman is likable as her husband.

An interesting film with very emotional scenes you won't forget. It's almost too much for me, for some reason.


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