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Punchline (1988)

R
128 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A medical school dropout and a housewife/mom try to make it as stand-up comedians. They become friends and help each other out at an NYC comedy club.
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Jackson De Govia (as Jack DeGovia)
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$15,000,000
Opening weekend
$160,742
Gross (US & Canada)
$21,042,667
Gross (World)
$21,042,667
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Oct 7, 1988 (United States)
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Max Alexander
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Marty Pollio
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Charles David Richards
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5.9 / 10 | 7,579 votes