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King of the Corner (2004)

Cast: Peter Riegert, Peter Riegert, Isabella Rossellini, more...
Director: Peter Riegert, Peter Riegert
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Studio: Ardustry Home Entertainment
Genre: Comedies, Independent, Dysfunctional Families
Running Time: 95 min.
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A man looking for a new purpose in his life finds one that last place he expected in this comedy. Leo Spivak (Peter Riegert) is a man slowly sinking into the quicksand of a midlife crisis. He's become increasingly unsatisfied with his career in product testing, especially now that his young assistant Ed (Jake Hoffman) has taken to stealing his ideas and passing them on to his boss as his own work. Leo's marriage to Rachel (Isabella Rossellini) is not what it once was, especially now that she's shifted into a constant state of near-hysteria over their daughter, Elena (Ashley Johnson), and her budding romance with an aspiring juvenile delinquent. And Leo is spending every other weekend with his aging father, Sol (Eli Wallach), who has lost his will to live but uncooperatively won't die. As Leo puzzles over his path in life, he finds some very unexpected answers when he makes the acquaintance of Evelyn Fink (Eric Bogosian), a "freelance Rabbi" with some unusual spiritual advice. King of the Corner was directed and co-written by leading man Riegert; the screenplay was adapted from stories in the collection Bad Jews by Gerald Shapiro. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

In a summer when audiences are demonstrating their disapproval with standard Hollywood fare en masse, Peter Riegert (Animal House, Local Hero, The Sopranos) is offering them an alternative in the form of his first feature as a director, King of the Corner, featuring Isabella Rossellini, Eli Wallach, Eric Bogosian, Beverly D'Angelo, Rita Moreno and a host of other excellent yet underexposed performers. Of course, he had to criss-cross the country to promote the film himself. In an exclusive interview for GreenCine, Riegert tells his story. Full Article >>

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