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Punchline (1988)

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An everyday housewife decides to pursue her seemingly quixotic dream of becoming a stand-up comic in this comedy-drama. At first failing miserably, she receives assistance from a more experienced, acerbic comic, with whom she forms a close friendship.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: David Seltzer
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 9, 2002
Runtime:
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Cast

Tom Hanks
as Steven Gold
Sally Field
as Lilah Krytsick
Kim Greist
as Madeline
Pam Matteson
as Utica Blake
Taylor Negron
as Albert Emperato
Mac Robbins
as Billy Lane
Max Alexander
as Mr. Ball
Paul Kozlowski
as Jerry Petroviak
Barry Sobel
as Robyn Green
Marty Pollio
as Juggling Comic
Casey Sander
as Ernie, the Bartende...
Michael Pollock
as Piano Player
Andrew Parker
as Boy on Gurney
Randy Fechter
as Young Doctor
Sam H. Ginsburg
as Sam, The Laughing P...
John Kirby
as Marketing Man
Melissa Tufeld
as Mark's Wife
Susie Essman
as Lilah's Hairdresser
Joey Vega
as Waiter in Coffee Sho...
Ben Hartigan
as Older Clergyman
Jimmy Brogan
as Younger Clergyman
Jimmy Lewis
as Audience Participant...
Crane Jackson
as Second Faculty Exami...
Rich Ramirez
as Taxi Driver
Mike Starr
as Man with Bullhorn
Wanda Balay
as Waitress of the Gas ...
Christiane Eden
as Waitress of the Gas ...
Susan Michael
as Waitress of the Gas ...
Consuela Nance
as Waitress of the Gas ...
Darunee Doa Hale
as Waitress of the Gas ...
Tiffany Terry
as Waitress of the Gas ...
Renna Bartlett
as Waitress of the Gas ...
Kimberly Ryusaki
as Waitress of the Gas ...
Barbara Collier
as Waitress of the Gas ...
Andrea Adams
as Waitress of the Gas ...
George D. Wallace
as Dr. Wishniak
Marcy Del Campos
as Waitress of the Gas ...
Candace Cameron-Bure
as Waitress of the Gas ...
Ron Ulstad
as Madeline's Boss
Howard Weller
as Crew-Cut Talent Scou...
Richard Parker
as Talent Scout with Gl...
Cameron Thor
as Audience Participant...
George Novogroder
as Audience Participant...
Susan Avants
as Audience Participant...
Carin Badger
as Audience Participant...
Eva Dunlap
as Audience Participant...
Mark Helm
as Audience Participant...
James C. Lewis
as Audience Participant...
Suzanne Rains
as Audience Participant...
Scott Williams
as Audience Participant...
Sharon Lyn Borne
as Audience Participant...
Bob Zmuda
as Audience Participant...
George Wallace (II)
as Man with Arm in Cast
George Wallace
as Man with Arm in Cast
Pamela Matteson
as Utica Blake
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Critic Reviews for Punchline

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (6)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 21, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for Punchline

David Seltzer, could written much better Punchline. Unfortunately, he don't did that. Still, continue being a interesting view of stand-up comedy world.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

Hanks is magnetic as a naturally gifted comic whose funny is the direct result of being a lousy human being. Somehow though he befriends I-want-to-be-more-than-just-a-housewife Fields and so they help each other in the toxic environment that is stand-up comedy. It held my interest, especially Hanks whose struggle against self-destruction is riveting.

ApeneckFletcher
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Two great actors, one boring, predictable, unfunny script about comedians who fall in love. This movie could have been way better.

ajv2688
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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