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Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work -- A hilarious, entertaining and deliciously dirty look into the fascinating, fast-paced life of the iconic, ground-breaking comedienne Joan Rivers.
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work -- A documentary on the life and career of Joan Rivers, made as the comedienne turns 75 years old.
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A documentary on the life and career of Joan Rivers, made as the comedienne turns 75 years old. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Joan Rivers ... Herself
Jocelyn Pickett ... Herself
Bill Sammeth ... Himself (as Billy Sammeth)

Larry A. Thompson ... Himself
Graham Reed ... Himself
Kevin Brennan ... Himself, Joan Rivers' housekeeper
Debbie Brennan ... Herself
Analie Berthel ... Herself
Sean Foley ... Himself

Emily Kosloski ... Herself
Mark Anderson Phillips ... Himself (as Mark Phillips)
Denis Markell ... Himself
Gilda Frost ... Herself
David Dangle ... Himself

Kathy Griffin ... Herself
Adele Fass ... Herself
George Lange ... Himself
Joy Brown ... Herself (as Dr. Joy Brown)

Melissa Rivers ... Herself
Raymond Rosario ... Himself
Henry Edwards ... Himself
Martyn Fletcher ... Himself
Robbie Yule ... Himself
Nathan Osgood ... Himself
Stuart Slavicky ... Himself
Graham McCluskey ... Himself, lighting designer
Martin Witts ... Himself
Kevin Wilson ... Himself
Kate Forrester ... Herself
Lindsay Hill ... Herself
Joe Castagna ... Himself
Kiki Koh ... Herself
Mohammad Darwish ... Himself
William ... Himself (as William the Fan)
Edgar Cooper Endicott ... Himself (as Cooper)
Jerry Mierzwa ... Himself
Blaine Trump ... Herself
Flo Fox ... Herself
Larry Amoros ... Himself
Marion Rosenfeld ... Herself

Jon Stewart ... Himself (archive footage)

Richard Belzer ... Himself

Garry Shandling ... Himself

Lily Tomlin ... Herself

Bill Maher ... Himself
Alex Homan ... Himself
Denee Collay ... Herself
Sabrina Lott-Miller ... Herself (as Sabrina Miller)
Debbie Green ... Herself
Terry Wayne Danders ... Himself
Brad Garret ... Himself

Greg Giraldo ... Himself
Jeffrey Ross ... Himself

Don Rickles ... Himself
Tony Oppedisano ... Himself
Lucy ... Herself, Joan Rivers' fan
David Muir ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Patrick Alparone ... Himself

George Burns ... Himself (archive footage)

George Carlin ... Himself (archive footage)

Johnny Carson ... Himself (archive footage)
Jacqueline Crawford ... Herself

Phyllis Diller ... Herself (archive footage)

Annie Duke ... Herself (archive footage)
Emily Hope ... Herself (voice)
Florian Klein ... Himself
Edgar Rosenberg ... Himself (archive footage)

Donald Trump ... Himself (archive footage)

Denis Leary ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Jack Paar ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Carrie Paff ... Herself (uncredited)

Directed by
Ricki Stern 
Anne Sundberg (co-director) (as Annie Sundberg)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ricki Stern  writer

Produced by
Molly Abrams .... field producer
Seth Keal .... field producer
Seth Keal .... producer
Charles Miller .... field producer
Ricki Stern .... executive producer
Ricki Stern .... line producer
Ricki Stern .... producer
Anne Sundberg .... producer (as Annie Sundberg)
Original Music by
Paul Brill 
Cinematography by
Charles Miller 
Film Editing by
Penelope Falk 
Makeup Department
Adele Fass .... makeup artist
Raymond Rosario .... hair stylist
Sound Department
Brad Bergbom .... additional sound
Brad Bergbom .... sound designer
Brad Bergbom .... sound editor
Tom Efinger .... sound re-recording mixer
Tom Efinger .... sound supervisor
Seth Keal .... sound
Jeff Seelye .... assistant sound editor
Visual Effects by
Yorgo Alexopoulos .... animator
Yorgo Alexopoulos .... visual effects designer
Amber Kusmenko .... motion graphics assistant
Camera and Electrical Department
Seth Keal .... camera operator
Guy Mossman .... additional cinematography
William Rexer .... additional cinematography
Editorial Department
Anderson Boyd .... assistant on-line editor
Gilbert Carreras .... color timer
Stewart Griffin .... colorist
Caitlin Tartaro .... digital intermediate producer
Music Department
Amber Rubarth .... composer: additional music
Robert L. Smith .... score recordist
Other crew
Yorgo Alexopoulos .... title designer
Abe Halpert .... production assistant
Hannah Robins .... production assistant
Karen Shatzkin .... legal services
Matthew Bauman .... thanks
Dallas Brennan .... thank you (as Dallas Rexer)
Debbie Brennan .... special thanks
Emerson Bruns .... thank you
Edgar Cooper Endicott .... special thanks (as Cooper)
Frank DeCaro .... thanks
Rachel Dratch .... thank you
Mark Efman .... thanks: Z Rock
Mark Farrell .... thanks: Z Rock
Amy Foote .... thank you
Flo Fox .... thanks
Kathy Griffin .... special thanks
Paul Kloss .... thank you
William Ivey Long .... thanks
Tony Oppedisano .... special thanks
Bari Pearlman .... special thanks
Jocelyn Pickett .... special thanks
Joan Rivers .... special thanks (as Ms. Joan Rivers)
Melissa Rivers .... special thanks (as Mellisa Rivers)
Bill Sammeth .... special thanks (as Billy Sammeth)
Toby Shimin .... thank you
Howard Stern .... thanks
Donald Trump .... thanks

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Rated R for language and sexual humor
84 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Australia:MA (2010) | Canada:PG (British Columbia) | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | USA:R (certificate #46077)

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Joan bares it all, 4 January 2011
Author: moviemanMA from Massachusetts

In Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg's documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, we get an up close and personal behind one of the hardest working woman in show-business. From her youthful aspirations to become an actress, we find out that comedy wasn't always priority number one on Joan's list. Comedy was a way to support her acting career. She later notes that you can make fun of her comedy career all you want, but leave her acting abilities alone. She even suggests that she is an actress playing a comedienne.

Following a successful appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, her career was and her "industry" was set in stone. There was no turning back. From performing her act in Vegas and her hosting of The Tonight Show for Johnny on numerous occasions. Her comedy was (and is) in your face. If a joke is thought to be too edgy, she knows she hit her mark.

I'll let you fill in the rest when you see the movie, but this isn't about where Joan has gone or the accomplishments she has achieved. It's about who Joan is today, how she is constantly looking to reinvent herself and stay fresh. Her unbridled enthusiasm for performing and staying busy. Her commitment to family and helping others.

In the film, we see Joan talking on the phone, looking for an endorsement deal. She says she'll speak for anything, including adult diapers and male enhancement drugs. She's not a sell out, but is willing to thrust herself upon the masses in order to get noticed. Through much of the film we see her working on a stage play, a sort of autobiographical play where she delves into what it's like to be Joan. Her concern isn't about whether or not people will like her, but whether or not they will accept her back into the mainstream. She is well aware that people view her as the poster child for plastic surgery. She is well aware that her age (75) is something that can hurt her to land a job. Does that stop her? It only strengthens her desire to succeed.

While some people will view this movie as a cry for attention, and I can see how they would feel this way. Joan lives a life of luxury, in a posh, elegant, and expensive apartment in New York City. Her need to live luxuriously and with all of the plastic surgery stems from her past where she never felt nor was never told she was beautiful. She needs this things in order to feel pretty, to feel like there is a reason to wake up.

That is not what this film is about. We are not meant to feel bad for someone who doesn't feel pretty. We are meant to see a woman who gives her all for her fans, whom she adores, and her family, that she cares for tremendously, especially her daughter and grandson. There is a brief moment where she sits down to write out a stack of checks, both for herself and also to others, like family members who attend private school and whatnot. She doesn't bat an eye at this stack, but breezes through them because she knows they must be paid for.

Her comedy might not be your cup of tea, but I think we can all learn something from this relentless woman. A life devoted to work and to family. What a piece of work. It's a shame that this film was left off the short list for Best Documentary for the Oscars. I hope you will all see it nonetheless.

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