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Director:
Writers:
Herb Gardner (screenplay)
Herb Gardner (based on his original play)
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Release Date:
9 September 1966 (Finland) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
...IT'S LAUGHTER FOR EVERYONE!! See more »
Plot:
A middle-aged iconoclast, doggedly avoiding the tedium of employment and conventional life, faces the prospect of losing custody of his young ward. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 3 wins & 7 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Delightful and thought-provoking See more (59 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jason Robards ... Murray

Barbara Harris ... Sandra

Martin Balsam ... Arnold
Gene Saks ... Leo

William Daniels ... Albert
Philip Bruns ... The Man in The Restaurant (as Phil Bruns)

John McMartin ... The Man in the Office (as John Macmartin)

Barry Gordon ... Nick Burns / Wilbur Malcome Burns / Theodore Burns / Raphael Sabatini / Dr. Morris Fishbein / Woodrow Burns / Chevrolet Burns / Big Sam Burns / Lefty Burns

Directed by
Fred Coe 
 
Writing credits
Herb Gardner (screenplay)

Herb Gardner (based on his original play)

Produced by
Fred Coe .... producer
Herb Gardner .... associate producer
Ralph Rosenblum .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Don Walker (musical score by)
 
Cinematography by
Arthur J. Ornitz (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ralph Rosenblum (edited by)
 
Set Decoration by
George DeTitta Sr. (uncredited)
Herbert F. Mulligan (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Ruth Morley 
 
Makeup Department
Irving Buchman .... makeup
Charles Fialla .... hairdresser
 
Production Management
Henry Spitz .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tony Belletier .... second assistant director
Dan Eriksen .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Willie Lucan .... scenic artist
Burr Smidt .... sets designed by
 
Sound Department
Hugh A. Robertson .... sound editor (as Hugh A. Robertson Jr.)
Jim Shields .... sound mixer (as James Shields)
Dick Vorisek .... sound recordist (as Richard Vorisek)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Joe Coffey .... associate photographer
Albert Taffet .... camera operator
Willie Meyerhoff .... grip (uncredited)
Willie Meyerhoff .... lighting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bert Matthews .... wardrobe
Flo Transfield .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Sheila Bakerman .... assistant editor
Edward Beyer .... associate editor
 
Music Department
Gerald B. Greenberg .... music editor (as Gerry Greenberg)
Harold Hastings .... conducted by
 
Other crew
Mel Howard .... production assistant
Betty Todd .... script supervisor
Ted Trinkaus .... titles
Belle Iacobellis .... production secretary (uncredited)
Allan Wertheim .... set production assistant (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
118 min
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1.66 : 1 See more »
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Mono (RCA)
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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:
Continuity: As Murray puts on a shirt, his toothbrush appears and disappears in his mouth between shots.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Murray Burns:[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!
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References M (1931)See more »
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Entry of the GladiatorsSee more »

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44 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
Delightful and thought-provoking, 10 August 2003
Author: deirdre-3 from Dayton, Ohio

I loved this movie passionately the first time I saw it, which was almost 30 years ago, and I love it every single time I watch it. Certainly aspects of it have gotten more meaningful as I've gotten older. The cast, full of people I had no idea of at the age of 10, turned out to be full of some of my all-time favorite actors (William Daniels, Barbara Harris, Jason Robards...how can you go wrong?)

I think some of the reviewers here (especially the ones giving it mixed reviews) are under the impression that the viewer is supposed to view Murray as a totally sympathetic character. He's not, and I don't think he's intended to be. Murray is really fun to be around for over half the movie; you're rooting for him all the way. As Sandy says, "No wonder Nick loves it here. I'd love to live here too if I were eleven years old!" When it's really time for Murray to settle down and do something to keep Nick, he can't bring himself to do it, and his free-spirited ways start looking, to the objective viewer, shallow and irresponsible. Murray needs to grow up, and do it fast, and growing up means compromising. That's the lesson; not that Murray was right all along, but that you can't be completely free if you do in fact have something left to lose, and Murray does. But life isn't a black and white choice between happiness and unhappiness, it's a continuum, and sometimes "doing the best you can" is enough.

I found it truly interesting that, throughout the movie, Nick was what Murray describes as "a middle-aged kid," seeming older than Murray himself. At the end, when Murray grows up, Nick seems to revert. He throws a full-scale tantrum, and that's the first time in the whole movie I remembered he was actually a child. I think that's a testament to Gordon's skill as an actor.

For anyone who read/saw the play: the director didn't seem to quite "get" the point of the play, and changed the end of the first and second (or is it second/third? I don't have it in front of me) to make the end of the movie more of a downer than the play. I never quite forgave him for that. The end of the play suggested that compromises have to be made, life goes on and it can even be good. The end of the movie seems to suggest that the last scene was unsubtly a "sell-out." I disagree. But I still loved the movie.

"Getting back to reality..." "I'll only go as a tourist!"

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