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Shakes the Clown (1991)

R  |   |  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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Rated R for language and drug use | See all certifications »
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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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The Iowan metal band Slipknot sampled the line "As soon as that camera is off, he gonna f**k that little dog" in the song "Interloper", on their self-titled debut album. 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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Lucy: Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, hangin' off the Cross, for Chrissake, God damn it, shit!
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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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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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What a great yuk!
9 January 2001 | by (Leesburg, VA, USA) – See all my reviews

This rare gem is an example of a funny, funny man (Bobcat Goldthwait) given free reign over the creation of a comedy gem. Though this film may not exemplify any of the tired old Hollywood "formulas" for what makes a profitable comedy, it nonetheless succeeds wonderfully.

Shakes The Clown is quirky, kinky, edgy and hilarious. It features great comic performances by many such under rated comic talents as Bruce Baum and Tom Kenny. Conversely, in the tradition of the inspired casting of Leslie Neilsen in Airplane, Goldthwait places in hilariously improbable comic situations traditional "straight" actors, such as Florence Henderson in the role of a Clown-dating bar floozy.

I won't say that this film exemplifies a category, because I feel that it defines one. A true original, one of a kind, Shakes The Clown should not be missed.


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