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  • Director

    Martin Scorsese

  • Starring

    Robert De Niro, Jerry Lewis, Diahnne Abbott, Sandra Bernhard

  • Run Time

    109 mins

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  • Director of Photography: Fred Schuler

  • Editor: Thelma Schoonmaker

  • Produced by: Arnon Milchan

  • Music: Robbie Robertson

  • Screenplay by: Paul D. Zimmerman

  • Production Designer: Boris Leven

  • Sound Production: Frank Warner

The King of Comedy

Part of the Time of the Signs Strand


A man obsessed with stardom stalks and kidnaps a television personality in a bid to get his fifteen minutes of fame. With superb performances from Robert De Niro as struggling stand-up comic Rupert Pupkin, Sandra Bernhard as Pupkin’s accomplice, Masha, and Jerry Lewis as veteran comedian Jerry Langford, Martin Scorsese’s brilliant black comedy is a perfect addition to this strand, the themes of which include the allure of celebrity and the power of the American media. The film opened the 36th Cannes Film Festival. 

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