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Funland (1987)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime | October 1987 (USA)
When a mob family takes over an amusement park after the owner dies under mysterious circumstances, the recently-fired clown mascot seeks vengeance for the loss of his job.



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Angus Perry
Bruce Burger
Bruce Mahler ...
Mike Spencer
Robert Sacchi ...
Mario DiMauro / Bogie
Clark Brandon ...
Doug Sutterfield
Jill Carroll ...
Denise Wilson
T. G. Hurley (as Mike McManus)
Kristin Cumming (as Mary McDonough)
Terry Beaver ...
Carl DiMauro
Chad Peller
Richard Reiner ...
Larry DiMauro
Bonnie Turner ...
Darlene Dorkner
Shelly Willingham
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Chip Cox
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A classic for those who love bizarre late night trash.
13 February 2007 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Understandably some people view this movie as a waste of time, but one man's trash is another's treasure. Funland was the creation of a couple of Saturday night live writers - and it shows. Some sections appear to be nothing more than skits filling out the storyline . . . and while some jokes work, some don't, but it's often in the eye of the beholder. Promo posters make it look like a psychotic clown on the rampage but Bruce Burger is the unwitting protagonist trying to save the one thing he believes in. When a mob family take over an amusement park and fire the mentally unstable resident clown he retreats to the closed down wax museum. Here the film takes a bizarre turn as he finds companionship with Marilyn Monroe, Bogart and his hand puppet Peter Pepperoni. They all come 'alive' sometimes preaching tolerance and other times revenge. He's also visited by the murdered ex-owner who wants him to stop the mob destroying the park they both love. Watch out for Bruce's hilarious descent into madness (complete with scantily clad angel of death) when the cafeteria men start rapping and a poster advertising the new roller-coaster, 'Man's Biggest Thrill Is Coming'.

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