7.6/10
2,702
68 user 25 critic

A Thousand Clowns (1965)

A middle-aged iconoclast, doggedly avoiding the tedium of employment and conventional life, faces the prospect of losing custody of his young ward.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (based on his original play)
Reviews
Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Wilson (1944)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A chronicle of the political career of US President Woodrow Wilson.

Director: Henry King
Stars: Alexander Knox, Charles Coburn, Geraldine Fitzgerald
Drama | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In Australia's Outback during the early 20th century the impoverished Carmody family lives a nomadic life out of their wagon but the mom and son want to settle while the dad is against it.

Director: Fred Zinnemann
Stars: Deborah Kerr, Robert Mitchum, Peter Ustinov
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Encouraged by her idealistic if luckless father, a bright and imaginative young woman comes of age in a Brooklyn tenement during the early 1900s.

Director: Elia Kazan
Stars: Dorothy McGuire, Joan Blondell, James Dunn
Lili (1953)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

An orphaned young woman becomes part of a puppet act and forms a relationship with the anti-social puppeteer.

Director: Charles Walters
Stars: Leslie Caron, Mel Ferrer, Jean-Pierre Aumont
Kings Row (1942)
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The dark side and hypocrisy of provincial American life is seen through the eyes of five children as they grow to adulthood at the turn-of-the-century.

Director: Sam Wood
Stars: Ann Sheridan, Robert Cummings, Ronald Reagan
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Biography of celebrated American jurist Oliver Wendell Holmes.

Director: John Sturges
Stars: Louis Calhern, Ann Harding, Eduard Franz
Mystery | Romance | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A young man plots revenge against the woman he believes murdered his cousin, but his plans are shaken when he comes face to face with the enigmatic beauty.

Director: Henry Koster
Stars: Olivia de Havilland, Richard Burton, Audrey Dalton
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In this sequel to "Knock On Any Door", the residents of a Chicago tenement building band together to insure that the son of Nick Romano does not follow in his father's footsteps...to the electric chair.

Director: Philip Leacock
Stars: Burl Ives, Shelley Winters, James Darren
Ship of Fools (1965)
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A varied group of passengers boarding a ship bound for post-war Germany represents a microcosm of 1930s society.

Director: Stanley Kramer
Stars: Vivien Leigh, Simone Signoret, José Ferrer
Madame Curie (1943)
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Despite himself, accomplished physicist and avowed bachelor Pierre Curie falls for brilliant student Marie, and together they embark on the discovery of radium.

Directors: Mervyn LeRoy, Albert Lewin
Stars: Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Henry Travers
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Adam Lemp, the Dean of the Briarwood Music Foundation, has passed on his love of music to his four early adult daughters - Thea, Emma, Kay and Ann - who live with him and his sister, the ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Claude Rains, John Garfield, Jeffrey Lynn
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A blind, uneducated white girl is befriended by a black man, who becomes determined to help her escape her impoverished and abusive home life.

Director: Guy Green
Stars: Sidney Poitier, Shelley Winters, Elizabeth Hartman
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Murray
...
Sandra
...
...
Leo
...
Albert
...
The Man in the Restaurant (as Phil Bruns)
...
The Man in the Office (as John MacMartin)
...
Nick Burns / Wilbur Malcome Burns / Theodore Burns / Raphael Sabatini / Dr. Morris Fishbein / Woodrow Burns / Chevrolet Burns / Big Sam Burns / Lefty Burns
Edit

Storyline

Twelve-year-old Nick lives with his Uncle Murray, a Mr. Micawber-like Dickensian character who keeps hoping something won't turn up. What turns up is a social worker, who falls in love with Murray and a bit in love with Nick. As the child welfare people try to force Murray to become a conventional man (as the price they demand for allowing him to keep Nick), the nephew, who until now has gloried in his Uncle's iconoclastic approach to life, tries to play mediator. But when he succeeds, he is alarmed by the uncle's willingness to cave in to society in order to save the relationship. Written by Warlen Bassham <wcb@zso.dec.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

...IT'S LAUGHTER FOR EVERYONE!! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

9 September 1966 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

Mil payasos  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The original Broadway production of "A Thousand Clowns" by Herb Gardner opened at the Eugene O'Neill Theater in New York on April 5, 1962, ran for 428 performances and was nominated for the 1963 Tony Award for Best Play. Jason Robards, Gene Saks, William Daniels and Barry Gordon recreated their stage roles in the filmed production. Gordon was nominated for the 1963 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play. Sandy Dennis who did not recreate her stage role, won the 1963 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play. See more »

Goofs

After Leo leaves the apartment, two different cardboard cutouts of him are used, with different facial appearances. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Murray: [shouts at rows of houses] Neighbors, I have an announcement for you. I have never seen such a collection of dirty windows. Now I want to see all of you out there on the fire escape with your Mr. Clean bottles, and let's snap it up!
See more »

Crazy Credits

In opening credits: and introducing Barry Gordon as Nick. In the end credits, Gordon is credited to all the different names his character has tried: Nick Burns, Wilbur Malcome Burns, Theodore Burns, Raphael Sabatini, Dr. Morris Fishbein, Woodrow Burns, Chevrolet Burns, Big Sam Burns and Lefty Burns. In the film, however, he is just called Nick. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Facts of Life: A Thousand Frowns (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

The Battle Cry of Freedom
(1862) (uncredited)
Written by George Frederick Root
In the score during the opening credits
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A Thousand reasons to love this film!
18 May 1999 | by (Millstone, NJ, USA) – See all my reviews

Most of us have "favorite" films that we think no one else in the world has seen. You just want to tell everyone to go out and rent it, hoping that they too will say, "Wow, what a movie! I can't believe I've never seen it before!" "A Thousand Clowns" is just such a film. Rarely seen on television, this Oscar nominated (best picture) Oscar winning (best supporting actor/Martin Balsam) film is special in many ways. Superbly cast (child actor Barry Gordon is a must see!) and smartly written. The satire and tragedy blend so well you will be caught laughing and crying at the same time throughout the movie.1000 Thumbs up!


33 of 35 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?