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Sony Pictures Classics to open "The Comedian" in theaters nationwide on Feb. 3
A scene from "The Comedian" (courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics)
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Sony Pictures Classics announced that The Comedian will open in theaters nationwide on February 3, 2017.

Directed by Academy Award® winner Taylor Hackford, The Comedian stars Academy Award® winner Robert De Niro, Leslie Mann, Edie Falco, Harvey Keitel, Danny DeVito, Patti LuPone and Veronica Ferres. Art Linson created the story and co-wrote the script with Jeff Ross, Richard LaGravenese, and Lewis Friedman.

The Comedian premiered at the AFI Fest in November followed by an early December awards qualifying run. The film will close the Palm Springs Film Festival on January 15.

An aging comic icon, Jackie Burke (Robert De Niro) has seen better days. Despite his efforts to reinvent himself and his comic genius, the audience only wants to know him as the former television character he once played. Already a strain on his younger brother (Danny DeVito) and his wife (Patti LuPone), Jackie is forced to serve out a sentence doing community service for accosting an audience member. While there, he meets Harmony (Leslie Mann), the daughter of a sleazy Florida real estate mogul (Harvey Keitel), and the two find inspiration in one another resulting in surprising consequences. Through the alchemy of their unlikely friendship, Harmony and Jackie overcome their own emotional damage and emerge as better people.

Art Linson and John Linson of Linson Entertainment produced the film with Taylor Hackford and Cinelou’s Mark Canton and Courtney Solomon.  The Comedian is executive produced by Cinelou’s Scott Karol, the Fyzz Facility’s Wayne Marc Godfrey and Robert Jones, Mad Riot Entertainment’s Mark Axelowitz and Lawrence Smith, as well as Iain Abrahams, Peter Sobiloff, Dennis Pelino and Fredy Bush.