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Shakes the Clown (1991)

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

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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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Bohóc-sztori  »

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$1,400,000 (estimated)

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$115,103 (USA)
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Trivia

Robin Williams: the mime instructor. See more »

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

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Judy: Listen, Binky - Shakes may be alcoholic... and a bad lay... but he's not a murderer!
Binky the Clown: [shouts] Not a murderer? How can you say he's not a murderer? He took one of his own juggling pins and smashed in Mr. Cheese's head with the fucking thing! Again and again and again, just hitting and hitting - and the head bursting and splattering underneath. And Boots and Hoho could've stopped me, but they didn't stop me!
Binky the Clown: [Normal voice] Wait... did I say 'me' just then?
Judy: Yes.
Binky the Clown: Whoa! Back up; now I've got to kill *...
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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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Sober Blues
Written by Steve Hunter
Performed by Steve Hunter
© 1991 Deacon Songs (ASCAP) and Illegal Film Music (ASCAP)
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A little known comedy classic
3 November 2002 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

Very entertaining film pits rival bands of clowns (Rodeo, party, and mime clowns) against each other in a weird alternate world dominated by archetypes of 1950s entertainment (much like Tim Burton's equally entertaining "Pee Wee's Big Adventure"). Goldthwait acts up a storm as the clinically alcoholic title character. The photography is as dark as the film's viewpoint -- this one is a keeper!

Shakes is truly sympathetic because he never solicits pity or tries to be cute (like Sandler would have if it was his film). Here honesty pays off, because we'd really like to see Shakes hook up with his dream girl (Brown) by the end. Nice character acting all around, especially the clowns in the bar and the 2 cops.

Memorable and highly recommended.


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