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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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Bruce Baum ...
Ty the Rodeo Clown
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Beaten Mime in Park
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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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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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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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Budget:

$1,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$35,589 (USA) (15 March 1992)

Gross:

$115,103 (USA)
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Trivia

The role of Owen Cheese was written with Paul Dooley in mind to play him. 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

The Unknown Woman: You're my first... clown.
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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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Mannish Boy
Written by Bo Diddley (as Ellas McDaniel), Muddy Waters (as McKinley Morganfield) and Melvin London (as Mel London)
Performed by Muddy Waters
© 1955 by ARC Music Corp.
Copyright Renewed. All Rights Reserved
Courtesy of Sony Music Licensing
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darkly funny, this cult fave is a must see for fans of bobcat, adam sandler or robin williams.
8 September 2003 | by (Dallas, TX) – See all my reviews

the darkly humorous story of an alcholic party clown who is framed by coke-dealing rodeo clowns and must overcome his condescending feelings towards mimes when he must take refuge in one of their studios.

black comedy painted in neon colors with funny clown shoes for that disturbing effect. an issue as serious as alcoholism shouldn't b taken lightly, but the darkness within the "twisted balloon" bar is could be any hole in the wall drink joint over-run with industry regulars. its just this industry is full party clowns who pick on the artistic mimes and cower in fear of rodeo clowns.

binky is one of the most creepy & festive characters in recent years. his rationalizations of his behavior are text book. "u all loathe me... think my balloon animals suck". it seems strangely appropriate that the rodeo clowns are selling coke binky and his yes men.

this movie is full of incredible lines & visual humor (check out the office in the background when shakes is getting picked up at the police station during the conversation with the cops).


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