Video Release: March 25, 2014
Rupert Pupkin, an aspiring comic who idolizes talk-show host Jerry Langford, schemes to win an audience with the elusive man. He hatches a plan with an equally obsessed fan, Masha, to kidnap Langford and ransom an opportunity for himself.
Loser Rupert Pupkin fantasizes about fame and being the sidekick of his favorite late night talk show host, hobnobbing nightly with the glitterati. Unfortunately, he will stop at nothing to make his dream come true.
Filmed in 1981 on location in New York City; shot in Technicolor. Estimated budget $19 million. Not released in USA until February 1983. Film was lowest-grossing release by a major studio in 1983. Reviewed in Monthly Film Bulletin June 1983. Film is believed to be Martin Scorsese's response to criticism that his film "Taxi Driver" was in some way responsible for John Hinckley's assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan in 1980. Johnny Carson was originally asked to play the role of talk-show host Jerry Langford; he refused, fearing that life might imitate art and that he would be kidnapped. Johnny Carson's "Tonight Show" producer, Fred DeCordova appears as "Bert Thomas" in the film. Comedienne Sandra Bernhard's first feature role; she has since gone on to star in her own concert films and to appear in a recurring role on TV's "Roseanne."