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The King of Comedy ()


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Rupert Pupkin is a passionate yet unsuccessful comic who craves nothing more than to be in the spotlight and to achieve this, he stalks and kidnaps his idol to take the spotlight for himself.

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  • Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins & 7 nominations.
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Rupert Pupkin
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Jerry Langford
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Rita Keane
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Masha
Ed Herlihy ...
Ed Herlihy
Lou Brown ...
Band Leader
Loretta Tupper ...
Stage Door Fan
Peter Potulski ...
Stage Door Fan
Vinnie Gonzales ...
Stage Door Fan
Whitey Ryan ...
Stage Door Guard
Doc Lawless ...
Chauffeur
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Young Girl
Katherine Wallach ...
Autograph Seeker
Charles Kaleina ...
Autograph Seeker
Richard Baratz ...
Caricaturist
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Rupert's Mom
Cathy Scorsese ...
Dolores
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Man in Chinese Restaurant (as Chuck L. Low)
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Liza Minnelli (creditOnly)
Leslie Levinson ...
Roberta Posner
Alan Potashnick ...
Man at Telephone
Michael Kolba ...
Man at Telephone
Robert Colston ...
Man at Telephone
Ramon Rodriguez ...
Man at Telephone
Chuck Coop ...
Man at Telephone
Sel Vitella ...
Man at Telephone
Margo Winkler ...
Receptionist
Tony Boschetti ...
Mr. Gangemi
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Cathy Long
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Street Scum
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Street Scum
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Street Scum (as Paul Simmion)
Kosmo Vinyl ...
Street Scum
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Street Scum
Pearl Harbour ...
Street Scum
Gary Salter ...
Street Scum
Jerry Baxter-Worman ...
Street Scum
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Street Scum (as Dom Letts)
Matt Russo ...
Cabbie
Thelma Lee ...
Woman in Telephone Booth
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Dr. Joyce Brothers (as Dr. Joyce Brothers)
George Kapp ...
Mystery Guest
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Victor Borge
Ralph Monaco ...
Raymond Wirtz
Rob-Jamere Wess ...
Security Guard
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Jonno
Audrey Dummett ...
Cook
June Prud'Homme ...
Audrey
Frederick De Cordova ...
Bert Thomas (as Fred De Cordova)
Edgar J. Scherick ...
Wilson Crockett
Thomas M. Tolan ...
Gerrity
Ray Dittrich ...
Giardello
Richard Dioguardi ...
Captain Burke
Jay Julien ...
Langford's Lawyer
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Langford's Agent (as Harry Ufland)
Scotty Bloch ...
Crockett's Secretary
Jim Lyness ...
Ticket Taker
Bill Minkin ...
Clarence McCabe
Diane Rachell ...
McCabe's Wife
Dennis Mulligan ...
Plainclothesman
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Plainclothesman
Peter Fain ...
Plainclothesman
Michael F. Stodden ...
Plainclothesman
Gerard Murphy ...
Plainclothesman (as Jerry Murphy)
Jimmy Raitt ...
Stage Manager
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TV Director
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Tony Randall
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First Man at Bar
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Second Man at Bar
Bill Jorgensen ...
Newsman (voice) (as William Jorgensen)
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Newsman (voice)
Chuck Stevens ...
Newsman (voice)
William Litauer ...
Newsman (voice)
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Announcer (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Allan Baker ...
Audience Member (uncredited)
Diane Baldessari ...
Office Assistant (uncredited)
Margaret Briggs Brooks ...
Girlfriend at Bar (uncredited)
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Extra in crowd scene (uncredited)
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Man on Street (uncredited)
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Talk Show Contestant (uncredited)

Directed by

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Martin Scorsese

Written by

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Paul D. Zimmerman ... (written by)

Produced by

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Robert F. Colesberry ... associate producer
Robert Greenhut ... executive producer
Arnon Milchan ... producer

Music by

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Robbie Robertson ... (uncredited)

Cinematography by

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Fred Schuler ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Thelma Schoonmaker

Editorial Department

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Donah Bassett ... negative cutter
Louis Bertini ... second assistant editor
Richard Candib ... first assistant editor
Mary Hickey ... apprentice editor
Holly Huckins ... post-production coordinator
Susan Lazarus ... apprentice editor
Robert Raring ... color timer (as Bob Raring)

Casting By

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Cis Corman

Production Design by

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Boris Leven

Art Direction by

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Lawrence Miller
Edward Pisoni

Set Decoration by

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George DeTitta Sr.
Daniel Robert

Costume Design by

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Richard Bruno

Makeup Department

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Philip Goldblat ... makeup artist (as Philip Goldblatt)
Lyndell Quiyou ... hair stylist (as Lyn Quiyou)
Jay Cannistraci ... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Robert F. Colesberry ... production manager
Barbara De Fina ... post-production supervisor
Tom Razzano ... assistant unit manager (as Thomas A. Razzano)
Thelma Schoonmaker ... production supervisor
Ezra Swerdlow ... unit manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Lewis Gould ... second assistant director
Scott Maitland ... first assistant director
Jerry Olinick ... dga trainee

Art Department

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Billy Bishop ... second props (as Bill Bishop)
Edward Garzero ... scenic artist
Carlos Quiles ... carpenter (as Carlos Quiles Sr.)
Jimmy Raitt ... property master
Dave Weinman ... set dresser (as David Weinman)
Joe Williams Sr. ... construction grip
Richard Shelton ... painter (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Rebecca Einfeld ... sound editorial staff
Tom Fleischman ... re-recording mixer
Gary S. Gerlich ... sound editorial staff (as Gary Gerlich)
Vito L. Ilardi ... boom operator (as Vito Ilardi)
Les Lazarowitz ... sound mixer
Victoria Martin ... sound editorial staff
Dick Vorisek ... re-recording mixer
Frank E. Warner ... supervising sound editor (as Frank Warner)
Bill Wylie ... sound editorial staff (as William Wylie)
Ken Dufva ... foley artist (uncredited)
Bob Olari ... sound recordist (uncredited)
Gary Parker ... sound recordist (uncredited)
Philip Rogers ... sound recordist (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Bill Akerlund ... camera operator
Ricki-Ellen Brooke ... second assistant camera (as Ricki Ellen Brooke)
Sandy Brooke ... first assistant camera
Garrett Brown ... steadicam operator
Norman Buck ... key grip
Ted Churchill ... Steadicam operator
James Fitzpatrick ... best boy
Deane Helms ... best boy
Dick Mingalone ... camera operator
Lorey Sebastian ... still photographer
William Ward ... gaffer (as Bill Ward)
Dennis Degan ... tape operator (uncredited)
Gábor Kövér ... first assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Jack De Palma ... principals casting assistant
Sylvia Fay ... extras casting (as Sylvia Faye)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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William Loger ... costume supervisor
Mary Ellen Winston ... assistant costume designer

Location Management

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Amy Sayres ... location coordinator

Music Department

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Mark Del Costello ... music consultant
Robbie Robertson ... music producer

Script and Continuity Department

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Roberta Hodes ... script supervisor (as Roberta O. Hodes)
Sheila Paige ... second script supervisor
Hannah Scheel ... consulting script supervisor

Transportation Department

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Harold 'Whitey' McEvoy ... transportation captain (as Harold McEvoy)

Other crew

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Jourdan Arenson ... production assistant
Marion Billings ... publicity coordinator: M/S Billings Publicity
Dominique Bruballa ... production auditor: Kathleen McGill Production Services
Sarah Carson ... assistant production office coordinator
Michael Dulin ... production assistant
William Goldberg ... controller
Peter Grossman ... production assistant
Shelley Houis ... production office coordinator
Harry Litman ... production assistant
Loretta Lorden ... video consultant
Dan Perri ... title designer
Randee Post ... production assistant
Alan Potashnick ... assistant: Mr. De Niro
Sylvia Reed ... production assistant
Helen Robin ... assistant: Mr. Greenhut
Susan Rollins ... production assistant
Gil Rossellini ... production assistant (as Gil Rossellini-Dasgupta)
Valerie Sancoff ... production auditor: Kathleen McGill Production Services
Bill Scheffer ... production assistant
Deborah Schindler ... assistant: Mr. Scorsese
Jennifer W. Shore ... production assistant (as Jennifer Wyckoff)
Shawn Slovo ... assistant: Mr. De Niro
Laurie Spring ... production assistant
Todd Thaler ... production assistant
Guy J. Louthan ... production assistant (uncredited)
Marlene Willoughby ... stand-in: Sandra Bernhard (uncredited)

Thanks

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Dan Johnson ... dedicatee
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Rupert Pupkin is obsessed with becoming a comedy great. However, when he confronts his idol, talk show host Jerry Langford, with a plea to perform on the Jerry's show, he is only given the run-around. He does not give up, however, but persists in stalking Jerry until he gets what he wants. Eventually he must team up with his psychotic Langford-obsessed friend Masha to kidnap the talk show host in hopes of finally getting to perform his stand-up routine. Written by Andrew Hyatt

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Taglines . . and when it's all over one of them won't be laughing See more »
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Also Known As
  • King of Comedy (Japan, English title)
  • La valse des pantins (France)
  • King of Comedy (Germany)
  • El rei de la comèdia (Spain, Catalan title)
  • El rey de la comedia (Spain)
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Runtime
  • 109 min
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Budget $20,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Much of the scene where Rupert (Robert De Niro) shows up at Jerry's house was improvised. Kim Chan improvised his lines when Jonno calls Jerry. The part where Jonno has troubling opening the front door was not planned. Chan really could not open the door, and Jerry Lewis improvised his reaction. See more »
Goofs Camera/cameraman reflected in the closing glass door when the security guard escorts Pupkin out of the office. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in They'll Do It Every Time: Part Two (1992). See more »
Soundtracks Jerry Langford Theme See more »
Quotes Rupert Pupkin: Better to be king for a night than schmuck for a lifetime.
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