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Funland (1987)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 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
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Bruce Burger
Bruce Mahler ...
Mike Spencer
Robert Sacchi ...
Mario DiMauro / Bogie
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Doug Sutterfield
Jill Carroll ...
Denise Wilson
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T. G. Hurley (as Mike McManus)
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Kristin Cumming (as Mary McDonough)
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Carl DiMauro
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Chad Peller
Richard Reiner ...
Larry DiMauro
Bonnie Turner ...
Darlene Dorkner
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Shelly Willingham
Randal Patrick ...
Chip Cox
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Randy Grossman
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Funland is about to open for the new season, and we follow several employees through the rituals of opening the park for the season. Owner Angus Perry refuses to sell the land to a shady development company. A few days later, he's found dead, and the company, headed by Maurio DeMauro, buys up his shares. Concerned only for the profit margin, they start to cut costs and install less family-oriented rides. No one is more upset by this than clown mascot Bruce Burger. Once park accountant Neil Stickney, and one of the founder of the park, he suffered a nervous breakdown, and was kept on by Perry out of pity, he has started to believe he really IS Bruce Burger, and considers himself and Stickney separate people. When a prima donna named Chad Peller is hired to replace him, Burger starts to lose his tenuous grip on reality. He is soon visited by Perry's ghost, who tells him he was murdered. Enraged, Burger plots to take down the park, but decides to first get rid of his replacement... Written by Kyle Palkowski

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Mama Please (Take Me to Funland)
Written by James Oliverio
Performed by The O-Men
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Dark Comedy or Cheesy Horse Apples?
31 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When a mob family takes over an amusement park after the owner dies under mysterious circumstances, the recently-fired clown mascot (David Lander, known as Squiggy on "Laverne and Shirley") seeks vengeance for the loss of his job.

The humor of this film is very strange, with a mixture of racist watermelon jokes, a "rectal surgical suppliers" convention, Natalie Wood's rowboat, some Mafia guys who take over the park, and a very, very good Humphrey Bogart impersonator. I am not entirely sure who this is supposed to appeal to (but I think it might be me).

What is really weird is that the film is sort of marketed as a Mafia picture. That is how Netflix sells it, and it is how the plot is described on IMDb (see above). But that is not even the point. A mentally unhinged clown gets fired and then seeks revenge. It does not matter if the mob is in the story or not, because the focus is this crazy clown.


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