Tony Curtis stars as Lepke, head of Murder Inc., the syndicate that spattered the headlines of the day with blood. From his rough-and-tumble East Side childhood to his rise in the drug trade to his 1944 execution at Sing Sing, Lepke depicts with brute force the criminal career of a man with more than 60 murders to his credit.
Stand-up comedy hopefuls toil in obscurity at a New York club while waiting for their big break.
Rising gangster Tony Curtis (title character) emerges from court with Lucky Luciano (Vic Tayback), then meets lawyer Kane (Michael Callan) and girlfriend to-be Bernice (Anjanette Comer) in Lepke, 1975.
Tony Curtis (title character) chairs a meeting of The Syndicate with Lucky Luciano (Vic Tayback), Albert Anastasia (Gianni Russo) and Dutch Schultz (John Durren), in Lepke, 1975.
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Comedy is no laughing matter for Oscar® winners Sally Field and Tom Hanks, who take center stage in the smash hit Punchline. Field (Forrest Gump, Mrs. Doubtfire) stars as Lilah Krytsick, a New Jersey housewife and mother of three who desperately wants to make it big as a comedian. All her life people have been telling her she's funny, and now her home life has been catapulted into chaos as she spends her nights onstage at the New York comedy club, the Gas Station. Hanks (Cast Away, Saving Private Ryan) plays Steven Gold, a self-centered Lenny Bruce-type who's been stealing the spotlight at the Station with his irrepressible, natural comedic talent. Drawn to one another, Steven helps the stumbling Lilah turn her routine from flat to funny, while Lilah helps Steven keep his anguished life together. With critically-acclaimed performances by Hanks and Field, Punchline is a fascinating drama about the often harrowing world of comedy.
PUNCHLINE, the first major release to hit on this subculture of comedy clubs and struggling comedians, is both funny and sad. Sally Field, Tom Hanks and John Goodman star in this wonderful behind-the-scenes look at the world of stand-up comedy...where laughs are serious business.
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