Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work

R| 1 hr. 24 min.

Plot Summary
This revealing documentary follows the life and career of Joan Rivers, a veteran comedienne arguably more known for her extensive plastic surgery than for her talent. The film explores her early years in the comedy industry and touches on her longtime professional relationship with Johnny Carson, who is one of many celebrities featured, along with George Carlin, Phyllis Diller, Kathy Griffin and Rivers' own daughter and frequent screen partner, Melissa Rivers.


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Genres: Documentary

Distributor: IFC Films

Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (2010)

Release Date: June 11th, 2010|1 hr. 24 min.

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  • There's not a timid, sympathy-begging minute in it. Even better, you leave Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work with the exhilarating feeling that the lady is just hitting her stride. show more

  • What she thinks of herself, though, seems perfectly, if improbably, reasonable--a queen of comedy who won't and shouldn't abdicate. show more

  • Stern and Sundberg, best known for their Darfur documentary "The Devil Came on Horseback," did not shrink from the atrocities in Sudan; nor do they shrink from the fame-hungry excesses here. show more

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  • July 19, 2010 sordid559
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    I've always been a fan of Joan Rivers, for her humor, her wit, her brass! But this film shows a side of Ms Rivers that I never expected. A softer side that is more vulnerable than a child. The laughs are great, and plentiful, but this film will bring you to tears. A must see in my book!

  • July 11, 2010 Kathy
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    Great film!!!!! LOVE Joan Rivers, couldn't imagine the world without her!!! Totally loved her response to the guy with the "deaf son". She is the most spontaneous, funny gal on the planet. Women that behave rarely make history, and this one will always be remembered!!!!!

  • July 06, 2010 asarnel
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    This movie hits home with being successful and very wealthy but yet depression, loneliness, and a sense of failure strike the rich and famous as well as the not so rich and famous. She comes off as one beautiful person and a down to earth person at that. She admitted her failure as well as her successes. I have a respect for her I never had before. No one will be disappointed seeing this movie. I do believe it could get and academy award for best documentary. This is a lady who has ALWAYS counted her blessings and will till the day she dies. GO SEE THIS MOVIE IT IS FIVE STARS FOR ME!


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