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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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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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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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Bohóc-sztori  »

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$1,400,000 (estimated)

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$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

Mime in park: [after being attacked by clowns] You just pick on us because we're artists!
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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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References Mary Poppins (1964) See more »

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Pregnant and Sad
Music by Steve Hunter
Lyrics by Bobcat Goldthwait (as Bob Goldthwait)
Performed by Tanya Scarlett
© 1991 Deacon Songs (ASCAP), Wicked Cheezy Music (ASCAP) and Illegal Film Music (ASCAP)
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A dark, dark, rollick through Palookaville.
9 July 1999 | by (Minneapolis, MN) – See all my reviews

The movie poster when I saw "Shakes" in the theatre touted it as the "Citizen Kane of Alcoholic Clown Movies," clearly a better analogy than the "Gone with the Wind" one touted here. This is one strange fantasy where clowns hang out in their own bars watching clown shows on TV while tossing back shots. The bars are segregated by clown type, with bars for rodeo clowns and bars for party clowns with no mixing tolerated. Robin Williams' bit part as a mime instructor is some of his best work every, enhanced (as all Robins work should be) by it's brevity. Great work, Bobcat! (The kids in the sprinkler scene is great, a lovingly filmed, uncharacteristicly joyful moment in this very, very dark comedy.) Rumor has it that clown groups picketed theatres when this movie was released, claiming that it was defamatory to clowns.


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