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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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$115,103 (USA)
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Bobcat Goldthwait and actor Tom Kenny were childhood friends. 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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Female Clown Barfly: I got one of them peanut butter pussies: it's brown, smooth and easy to spread.
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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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Flippin' the Lid
Written by Speedy West (as Wesley "Speedy" West)
Performed by Steve Hunter
Published by Opal Music Co., Inc. (BMI)
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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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