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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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Directors:
Ricki Stern
Anne Sundberg (co-director)
Writer:
Ricki Stern (writer)
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Plot:
A documentary on the life and career of Joan Rivers, made as the comedienne turns 75 years old. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
5 wins & 10 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (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
Gary 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 
 
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
Robert L. Smith .... score recordist
 
Other crew
Yorgo Alexopoulos .... title designer
Abe Halpert .... production assistant
Hannah Robins .... production assistant
Karen Shatzkin .... legal services
 
Thanks
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
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84 min
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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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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work - 9/10, 16 December 2010
Author: jnguyen46117 from USA

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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