Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (2010)

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A documentary on the life and career of Joan Rivers, made as the comedienne turns 75 years old.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jocelyn Pickett ...
Bill Sammeth ...
Himself (as Billy Sammeth)
Graham Reed ...
Kevin Brennan ...
Himself, Joan Rivers' housekeeper
Debbie Brennan ...
Analie Berthel ...
Sean Foley ...
Mark Anderson Phillips ...
Himself (as Mark Phillips)
Denis Markell ...
Gilda Frost ...
David Dangle ...


This documentary follows one year in the life of Joan Rivers, who sees herself first and foremost as an actress, with her life as a comedienne/writer just an extension of being an actress. Now at age 75, Rivers has faced her ups and downs in her forty plus year career, the year leading up to filming being a down compared to what she would have wanted, which is a calendar full of engagements with several engagements each day. That want is in part to support her opulent personal lifestyle, but is more a need to bolster her own sense of self-worth as a basically insecure person who is probably best known now for her overuse of cosmetic surgery rather than her professional work. She feels that Kathy Griffin, who she admires, is now getting all the engagements she would have gotten in her prime. During this year, Rivers is seen going from engagement to engagement, some big - such as a Kennedy Center Honors for George Carlin, a double bill with Don Rickles in New York, and her own celebrity... Written by Huggo

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Rated R for language and sexual humor | See all certifications »

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2 July 2010 (USA)  »

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O Trabalho de Joan Rivers  »

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$164,351 (USA) (11 June 2010)


$2,927,972 (USA) (10 September 2010)

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Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work - 9/10
16 December 2010 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I was surprised of the movie not being recognized by the Academy of Documentary. I guess they don't want anything to do with Joan Rivers, and that's the whole point of the documentary. The doc started out with Joan Rivers' lowpoint of her career (when she's already 70 years old), and it progresses with Rivers working her way up again. The film demonstrates how the once comedic icon and well known star turned into "a piece of work". With her comedic talents blending with her sad emotions, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work is a snub that the Academy missed out on. OscarBuzz: NONE, that's the point! The Academy is missing out a a great film that shows the love for Joan Rivers and her career. She may be the one 70 year-old that still loves and wants to do her job.

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