Joe Gideon is a self-destructive, substance-fuelled artist struggling to bring his Broadway show to the stage and his Hollywood movie to the screen. His exhausting schedule, personal excesses and failing health land him in a hospital bed, but for Joe the show must go on at any cost.
Palme d'Or winner - 1980
Oscar for Best Music - 1980
BAFTA - Best Actor for Roy Scheider - 1981