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King of the Corner (2004)

R | | Comedy, Drama | June 2004 (USA)
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Leo Spivak is drifting through life without a compass. His father is aging fast, his teenage daughter is rebelling, his protégé is after his job and his wife is losing her patience. A twist... See full summary »

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Peter Riegert
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Riegert ... Leo Spivak
Frank Wood ... Anthony Berenson
Jake Hoffman ... Ed Shifman
Jayne Houdyshell ... Louise
Marylouise Burke ... Helen
Susan Blommaert ... Gloria (as Susan Blommert)
Eli Wallach ... Sol Spivak
Rita Moreno ... Inez
Harris Yulin ... Peter Hargrove
Isabella Rossellini ... Rachel Spivak
Ashley Johnson ... Elena Spivak
Mercedes Herrero Mercedes Herrero ... Dotty
Dominic Chianese ... Stan Marshak
Judy Reyes ... Nurse Kathleen Delehant
Beverly D'Angelo ... Betsy Ingraham
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Storyline

Leo Spivak is drifting through life without a compass. His father is aging fast, his teenage daughter is rebelling, his protégé is after his job and his wife is losing her patience. A twist of fate and some bizarre wisdom from a "freelance rabbi" help Leo navigate the murky waters of his life and turn his crisis into a second-chance. Written by Ardustry Home Entertainment LLC

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Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. A Comedy.

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language and sexual references
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Pursuit of Happiness See more »

Filming Locations:

Goldfield, Arizona, USA See more »

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Budget:

$350,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Actor/director/co-writer Peter Riegert personally took this film from town to town, showing it in theaters to build word of mouth. He would usually stay for a day or two to meet and answer audience questions after each showing of the film. See more »

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Features Solitaire (1981) See more »

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A bittersweet comedy that deserves a wider audience
17 April 2005 | by judy_martinezSee all my reviews

First comment: People, don't forget to submit a vote with your review! I'm reading the reviews and most are excellent, and I'm wondering why the overall rating is only a 6.3. Then I see a lot of excellent reviews with NO VOTE! I assume these are counted as ZEROs in the rating.

REVIEW - I saw this movie at the Philadelphia Film Festival on 4/16/2004. I thought it was very good - both sad and funny. My favorite part was the interaction between the main character, Leo (Peter Riegert) and his father (Eli Wallach). Eric Bogosian was also very funny as the rabbi. And although her part was small, it was worth seeing how great Rita Moreno looked - Wow, she looks amazing! She made Isabella Rossellini look like a haggard old frump. The daughter was nothing special, and the weakest link was the up and coming business hot shot played by Jake Hoffman (Dustin Hoffman's son.) He was too young and goofy to play a ruthless guy moving up in the business world.

It's a shame that a bittersweet comedy like this that combines elements of different genres and can't be easily characterized as a "Drama" or a "Comedy" or a "Tearjerker" will have trouble finding an audience. Hollywood's marketing people need to do a better job of finding an audience for these films - there are tons of people who want to see movies like this, and they are too lazy to figure out how to market them. It's easy to market to teenage boys - do a little work and figure out how to reach the audience who wants to see movies like this! The only scene I thought was a little unrealistic was the scene I'll simply refer to as the "underwear" scene. As the scene was going on, I thought maybe it was going to be revealed as a dream sequence - it just seemed like such a strange and out of character thing for Leo to do.

I would love to see this movie find its rightful audience. Many people would enjoy this movie.


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