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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
Clark Brandon ...
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)
Terry Beaver ...
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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For nostalgia value only
14 April 2005 | by (Mountain View, CA) – See all my reviews

This movie was filmed largely in Six Flags over Georgia in 1986. Anyone who visited that park near that time will probably find it quite nostalgic. For the rest of us, it's a very long hour and a half. The main problem is that the movie makers couldn't seem to decide whether they were making a comedy or a thriller. There are elements that could be part of a better film in either genre, but because the tone is so inconsistent, it fails in both regards. This is a movie that had some very good ideas. When you hear some of the clever lines, or see the situations that are set up, you can imagine those reading the script being quite excited about its possibilities. None of these setups are ever taken through to the payoff. I guess this movie is a good example of how difficult it is to make even good ideas pay off in a movie.


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