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Product Details

  • Actors: Peter Riegert, Frank Wood, Jake Hoffman, Jayne Houdyshell, Marylouise Burke
  • Directors: Peter Riegert
  • Writers: Peter Riegert, Gerald Shapiro
  • Producers: Anthony Mastromauro, Brian Bell, Earnie Hooks, Ericka Frederick, Lemore Syvan
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Allumination
  • Release Date: Oct. 25 2005
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
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  • ASIN: B000AQ69NQ
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Product Description

King of the CornerLeo Spivak (Peter Riegert) is drifting through life without a compass. His father (Eli Wallach) is aging fast, his teenage daughter is rebelling, his protégé is after his job and his wife (Isabella Rossellini) is losing her patience. A twist of fate and some bizarre wisdom from a "freelance rabbi" (Eric Bogosian) help Leo navigate the murky waters of his life and turn his crisis into a second-chance.This product is manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media.'s standard return policy will apply.

Those in search of happy endings and maudlin moments may walk away disappointed from the extremely enjoyable King of the Corner, a modest, often touching film fully equipped with some very big laughs. Aging salesman Leo Spivak (Peter Reigert) is coming to terms with his incredibly messy life; his career is dimming, his elderly father (Eli Wallach) is quickly fading, and his personal life is in shambles. Is Leo falling apart at the seams, or will this be his golden opportunity to take stock and turn it all around? Visiting universal themes like adultery, parenthood, and death, King of the Corner jumps smoothly between sad and funny to incredibly uncomfortable as Leo faces life's daily ups and downs in the only way that he knows how--very awkwardly. The plot isn't so much about resolutions and answers as is it about the journey and finding a laugh here and there along the way.

You might know actor Peter Reigert from quirky sleepers like Local Hero and Crossing Delancey, his excellent turn in the intense Traffic, or his hilarious Donald "Boon" Schoenstein in Animal House. Many, however, may be surprised to find that his 2001-directed short By Courier was nominated for an Academy Award and that with this, his first full-length feature film, he delivers a breezy, well-packaged crowd pleaser. Reigert's efficient directing style keeps the story moving comfortably along while his sardonic screen presence and a terrific cast including Beverly D'Angelo (Coal Miner's Daughter), Isabella Rossellini (Blue Velvet), and Rita Moreno (West Side Story) all bring something to the table in roles large and small. Like reality, King of the Corner portrays life as it is: lots of lose ends, no easy answers, and every once in a while, very funny. --Matt Wold

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) 3.3 out of 5 stars 12 reviews
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars not for the pre-packaged dull idiot crowd. March 6 2008
By Charles Z. Norton III - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I would not want to say that all the folks who found 'King of the Corner'
'rather dull and bad' are members of the pre-packaged dull and idiot crowd I will not say....that they are pre-packaged dull individuals....and I will not refer to them as [all being] idiots because I am certain at least two of three of them are not of this.....well... idiots or....whatever. I'm sure that a few can tie their own shoe laces....feed themselves...and enjoy buttered popcorn.
I'm sure some folk will not find this review at all helpful....except if
one of the above crowd should invite you to go to a movie with them. Decline the invitation. But if you get a chance to see Peter Reigert's 'King of the Corner' on your so. Reigert is not
pre-packed for the "cutesie, hollywoodish types" take Riegert in the
box he is wrapped in.....and Riegert made a gem of a movie.
I have read and approve of this review!!!King of the Corner
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice independent film well worth a look! Nov. 7 2005
By Tommy - Published on
Format: DVD
This film is the story of a middle aged man who is still unsure of who he really is (or should be). He struggles to have a decent relationship with his elderly father, his wife and his daughter. His job is less than secure and he is having a bit of an (after) mid-life crisis. Very well made film with an amazing cast and some great dialogue. Actor/director Peter Riegert (Animal House,Local Hero) has been traveling around the country promoting this film and hopefully it will find an audience soon. Mr Riegert holds Q and A sessions after the screenings of King Of The Corner and the man has a real love of acting (not to mention that everyone involved in this movie is outstanding). There is a nice dry sense of humor throughout the film, so when things do take a turn for the worse, you can expect a chuckle to be just around the corner. For fans of movies about love, loss and finding happiness in this short life we are given, this is a movie to cherish. The only passion you will find in cinema these days is within the indy film scene. I look forward to Mr Riegert's next project (whether it be acting or directing).
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I wanted to like this but..... June 11 2007
By Mila Troyan - Published on
Format: DVD
I really wanted to like this movie and I felt it started out pretty good but it became painfully clear that its main fault is that it tries to depict the Jewish experience in America with one worn out cliche after another. The wooden acting by most of the cast didn't help either.
3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars This Has Been Done Much Better March 20 2006
By M. Hummel - Published on
Format: DVD
Try "In Good Company" if you want to see a movie about a man in midlife crisis professionally and personally, or check out Steve Martin in "Parenthood." Another reviewer referred to this as Peter Riegert's "vanity film," and perhaps that's as good a label as any.

Mr. Riegert co-wrote, directed, and stars in this film, and there are problems in each of those areas, especially with the writing and acting. We never really can get a sense of the crisis that is building up in Riegert's character, Leo. When he suddenly finds himself in bed with his high school crush (Bevery D'Angelo), it comes out of nowhere. A better actor with a better script might have been able to clue us in along the way.

My wife and I are lifelong students of comedy, and we got the impression that many scenes were meant to be funny, but Riegert wasn't able to carry those scenes off as an actor or a director. Riegert's "reaction face" is almost without emotion--you can't feel his confusion or frustration building, so there's no laughs. Another actor might have conveyed more than the wooden Riegert.

And why on earth does Riegert's Leo complain endlessly about his "out of control" daughter, when we never see even one scene that convinces us that his daughter, who seems incredibly nice and sincere whenever she's on camera, is really acting up? Come on Mr. Riegert--"show us, don't tell us."

The best scene in the whole movie was the funeral; there is a lovely gesture in which Leo's late father's girlfriend is included in the family. Leo's speech is not bad here, and Riegert's acting finally reaches believability.

I think the idea of the film is okay, but its execution leaves so much to be desired. I like "little films" about the average guy's experience, but this film lacks a nuanced vision, both visually and verbally.

All in all, this is not a successful film.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic film - not to be missed! Oct. 26 2005
By Matthew J. Adams - Published on
Format: DVD
What a great find! I recently saw this movie and was really impressed. Great cast, great performances, some very very funny scenes, and some surprisingly raw ones. I'm a huge fan of curb Your Enthousiasm and loved Sideways - it has that kind of appeal. I would highly recommend this.

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