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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 »
6 wins & 10 nominations See more »
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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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8 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
75 and still funny., 19 July 2010
Author: Blueghost from The San Francisco Bay Area

I just saw this film about an hour ago, and liked what I saw. I'm not a big Joan River's fan. In fact, I'm not one of her fans at all, but this film gave me a slice of her life at what for some is considered elderly.

Not for Joan. For her 75 is the new 40. Tell any active person of years and they'll tell you just that.

I don't have a whole lot to say about this movie. It was interesting, funny, and just kind of a pleasant watch. Joan works hard, has her causes, and does her best to remind the world that she's still alive and spewing some pretty risqué humor.

It's not a film I'd see again, but it's a film I'm glad I saw. It reminded me of a clique of show businesses that I think a lot of former production types would just assume avoid or watch from a distance as we setup lights and cameras. There's some infighting, some exposition of personal problems, all the usual "life of a star" kind of stuff that gets covered in these kinds of films.

Is her life inspirational? Sure. But it's also got a bit of the dramatic, and by that I don't mean in either her act or in this film. What I mean is that we have a huge variety of media outlets. The super-stardom of yesteryear where major outlets were fawned over and coveted are gone. Your local TV station and network affiliates are still there as well as the local movie houses, but the kind of controlled stardom that used to be governed by studio heads is no longer the simple exposure process that it once was.

But Joan hangs in there like a champ. In some ways she's still fighting for attention using classic tried and true practices. It seems to work for her, and her battle continues. But, in my opinion, it may be for naught as social media continues to diversify and allow more individuals to come in and create their own "stardom", so to speak.

Still, Joan plays the game by hitting the show circuit, including play houses, clubs, cruise liners, and even guest television appearances. She's alive and still entertaining, and will more than likely do so for many years to come.

Check it out.

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