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    The Comedian

    Directed by Taylor Hackford
    U.S. | 118 minutes | Closing

Robert De Niro shines as Jackie Burke, a bitter, angry insult comic who was once the popular star of a TV sitcom, and is now trying to claw his way back on the stand-up circuit, one scabrous joke at a time. Scathingly funny with an all-star supporting cast.


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film synopsis

Robert De Niro is Jackie Burke, an angry, uncompromising insult comic several decades past his prime-time fame on a popular sitcom. Doing stand up on Nostalgia Night at a comedy club, he assaults a heckler who records the fight for his web podcast, and ends up behind bars for a month when he refuses to apologize. While serving out his sentence doing community service at a food bank, he meets Harmony (a terrific turn from Leslie Mann) a much younger soulmate with her own anger management issues. It's an encounter that will upend his life.

The Comedian has been a passion project of De Niro's for years, and he and director Taylor Hackford have assembled a dynamite cast to bring his vision to scathingly funny life: Danny DeVito as Jackie's deli-owning brother; Patti Lupone as the sister-in-law who loathes him; Harvey Keitel as Harmony's mobster father; Charles Grodin as a rival comic; Cloris Leachman as "a barely living legend" who gets the ultimate Friar's Club sendoff; and Edie Falco as Jackie's long suffering manager, well practiced in deflecting her client's bitterly funny, decidedly un-PC tirades. 

film details

Country: U.S.
Year: 2017
Running Time: 118 minutes
Language: English
Director: Taylor Hackford
Producers: Mark Canton, Taylor Hackford, Art Linson, John Linson
Principal Cast: Robert De Niro, Leslie Mann, Danny Devito, Cloris Leachman, Harvey Keitel, Patti LuPone, Edie Falco
Cinematographers: Oliver Stapleton
Editor: Mark Warner
Music: Terence Blanchard
Screenwriter: Lewis Friedman, Richard LaGravenese, Art Linson, Jeffrey Ross

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