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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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Judy
Bruce Baum ...
Ty the Rodeo Clown
Steve Bean ...
Beaten Mime in Park
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Stenchy the Clown
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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Lucy
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The Unknown Woman
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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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)  »

Also Known As:

Bohóc-sztori  »

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$1,400,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$115,103 (USA)
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Trivia

Bobcat Goldthwait and actor Tom Kenny were childhood friends. 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

Female Clown Barfly: As soon as that camera is off, he gonna fuck that little dog.
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Crazy Credits

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 Jeopardy!: Episode #26.26 (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Binky Fever
Music by Tom Scott
Lyrics by Tom Kenny
Performed by Tom Kenny
© 1991 Tomscot Music, Inc. (BMI), Wicked Cheezy Music (ASCAP) and Illegal Film Music (ASCAP)
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Body of Binky
29 July 2001 | by (Melbourne, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is one of my all-time favorite movies. As shallow as it appears on the surface, this film delivers with some subtle laughs.

As far as casting goes, this is the only movie in which I liked Chris Elliot. The character of Binky cracks me up every time I watch the film. His absolute self absorption and megalomania lead to some very "quoteable" lines and terrific cinematic moments.

Also, the fact that Robin Williams' name doesn't appear in the credits makes me smile. In the credits, Mime Jerry is played by "Marty Fromage" making me wonder if, at seeing the final product, he refused to have his name attached to it. Or, if Mr. Williams is willing to play jokes with his very name when he doesn't have a great stake in the success of a film.

I consider this film a masterpiece of dark comedy, and it has made me eternally loyal to Bobcat Goldthwait. I only hope he runs for President someday.


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