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 <>

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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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13 March 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bohóc-sztori  »

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$1,400,000 (estimated)


$115,103 (USA)

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Robin Williams:  the mime instructor. See more »


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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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 »


Referenced in The Dating Scene (2004) See more »


The Idler
Written by Steve Hunter
Performed by Steve Hunter
© 1988 Illegal Songs (BMI) and Waterwood Music (BMI)
Courtesy of I.R.S. Records
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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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