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The Comedian (2016)

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A look at the life of an aging insult comic named Jack Burke.

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Taylor Hackford

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Art Linson (screenplay by), Jeffrey Ross (screenplay by) (as Jeff Ross) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert De Niro ... Jackie Burke
Leslie Mann ... Harmony Schiltz
Harvey Keitel ... Mac Schiltz
Edie Falco ... Miller
Danny DeVito ... James Berkowitz
Patti LuPone ... Florie Berkowitz
Charles Grodin ... Dick D'Angelo
Cloris Leachman ... May Connor
Lucy DeVito ... Brittany Berkowitz
Billy Crystal ... Billy Crystal
Veronica Ferres ... Karola
Lois Smith ... Miriam
Marylouise Burke ... Adele
Stewart Steinberg ... Bernie
Tom Morrissey Tom Morrissey ... Herman
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Storyline

Jackie (Robert DeNiro) is a comic icon, attempting to reinvent himself despite his audience only wanting to know him as a television character he played earlier in his career. After accosting an audience member, Jackie is sentenced to community service where he meets Harmony Schiltz (Leslie Mann). Written by Peter-Patrick76 (peter-patrick@mail.com)

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nobody's a bargain

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for crude sexual references and language throughout | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 February 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A komikus See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,723, 11 December 2016

Gross USA:

$1,659,002

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,659,002
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In North America, this movie was released alongside Rings (2017) and The Space Between Us (2017), and was projected to gross one to three million dollars from about eight hundred theaters in its opening weekend. It ended up debuting to just 892,021 dollars, finishing twenty-first at the box-office. See more »

Goofs

The name of the reality show is Just Say Uncle yet Jackie constantly refers to it as Say Uncle. See more »

Quotes

Jackie Burke: Once you can make a woman laugh then you can make her do anything, they say. I don't know if that's true.
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References Game of Thrones (2011) See more »

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Making Poopie
Parody Lyrics by Lewis Friedman
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Admiration for the performer hidden in a sweet romcom
29 April 2017 | by dugongsZSee all my reviews

This is a nice romcom which contains some crude humour but its not really about the comedy content. All the poor reviews are missing the admiration the movie tries to show for those few individuals that can hold an audience and make them laugh.

Its hard enough public speaking but to then capture an audience and hold them in your hand hanging on your every word making them laugh is what this movie is trying to show. I think Robert De Niro is a great comedy actor but from his interviews probably an introvert personality so no doubt admires the skill of people like Billy Crystal, who has a small cameo, greatly and the reason he did this movie.

Harvey Keitel's face after the final performance in the retirement home summed up the movie. Grudging admiration for the skill of live comedy.


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