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Shakes the Clown (1991)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  13 March 1992 (USA)
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Shakes plods about his duties as party clown, and uses all of his free time getting seriously drunk. Binky, another clown, wins the spot on a local kiddie show, which depresses Shakes even ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Judy
Bruce Baum ...
Ty the Rodeo Clown
Steve Bean ...
Beaten Mime in Park
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Stenchy the Clown
Eliza Coyle ...
Enthusiastic Mime
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Gerald F. Edelstein ...
2nd Party Dad
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Mime Class Instructor (as Marty Fromage)
Jack Gallagher ...
Officer Crony
Paige Gosney ...
Billy
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Lucy
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The Unknown Woman
Scott Herriott ...
Floor Director
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Producer at Big Time Cartoon Circus
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Shakes plods about his duties as party clown, and uses all of his free time getting seriously drunk. Binky, another clown, wins the spot on a local kiddie show, which depresses Shakes even more, and his boss threatens him with unemployment if he can't get his act under control. When someone murders Shakes' boss and makes it look like Shakes did it, he goes undercover, posing as a hated mime, and tries to find information that will clear his name. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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clown | mime | party | murder | black comedy | See more »

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Loved by children. Desired by women. Adored by bartenders everywhere.

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language and drug use | See all certifications »
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13 March 1992 (USA)  »

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$1,400,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$115,103 (USA)
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Trivia

Florence Henderson:  Shakes' one-night stand at the beginning. See more »

Goofs

When Shakes confronts Binky at the clown bar, the clown with the bright green hair loses his bright green chest hair. See more »

Quotes

Female Clown Barfly: I got one of them peanut butter pussies: it's brown, smooth and easy to spread.
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Crazy Credits

No identification with or similarity to actual persons, living or dead, or drunk or to actual events is intended or should be inferred. See more »

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Referenced in Showbiz Today: Episode dated 10 March 1992 (1992) See more »

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The Idler
Written by Steve Hunter
Performed by Steve Hunter
© 1988 Illegal Songs (BMI) and Waterwood Music (BMI)
Courtesy of I.R.S. Records
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The darkest of dark comedies
2 July 2004 | by (Seattle, Washington) – See all my reviews

This movie won't win any technical awards, but if you like dark comedies (this film makes "Barton Fink" look light and breezy at times), this is the movie for you. At times uproariously funny, the poignant parts are luckily kept to a minimum, and there are gritty moments as well. Whether you're a rodeo clown, party clown, or even a lowly mime, this is a movie chock full of lines you'll find yourself repeating in all the most inappropriate occasions. Besides--didn't you kind of suspect that all clowns were miserable deep down, and drunk constantly?

Just beware--this is not a kids' film by any stretch of the imagination, and some of the scenes of Shakes dealing with his alcoholism are stomach-churning, but it provides the backdrop for some serious comedic writing unmatched by virtually every other film out there.


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