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Funny Bones (1995)

An unsuccessful comedian uncovers a family secret and learns the true price of letting inherent talent shine.

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Tommy Fawkes wants to be a successful comedian but his Las Vegas debut is a failure. He goes back to Blackpool, UK, where his father, also a comedian started and where he spent the summers of his childhood. He starts to search for a partner, a comic relief, with whom he can be famous. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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A Zany Look at Two Comedians Who'll Do Anything for a Laugh! See more »

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Rated R for some language and a scene of tragic violence | See all certifications »

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31 March 1995 (USA)  »

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$532,268
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Most of Oliver Reed's part was removed during editing. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Tommy Fawkes gets the Parker brothers to sign the contract for their act, there is continuity with the chair. The Parker's stand up and go to set up the scene to show Tommy Fawkes. From a high shot you see Tommy Fawkes stand up and turn his chair around, it then cuts to the front of Tommy, his chair is in its original position and he turns it around again to the position he did in the first high shot. See more »

Quotes

Nicky: Where were you born?
Jack Parker: Blackpool.
Nicky: Why Blackpool?
Jack Parker: I wanted to be near to my mother.
Nicky: Have you lived in Blackpool all your life?
Jack Parker: Not yet.
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Featured in Zomergasten: Episode #11.4 (1998) See more »

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La Mer
Music by Charles Trenet
Lyrics by Charles Trenet
Performed by Charles Trenet
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I do have to say from the outset that I really like this film, disjointed though it is, perhaps because it is so different. This is a story of a broken family and hidden secrets - Tommy Fawkes goes to Blackpool, once one of the world's showbiz capitals, to learn how to be funny; once there he finds a duo (played by veteran British comics Freddie Davies and George Carl) who he thinks have stolen his famous dad's act - but are things really as they seem? Jack Parker is a Blackpool born lad with the innate ability to be creatively humorous (Lee Evans is excellent in this role) while lacking in the social skills to survive in the real world.

Against this backdrop is something about mysterious eggs which hold some mystical secret or other (giving Oliver Reed yet another strange role as the oddball Dolly). The really interesting aspects of the story are the skeletons in the closet that bring Jack's mother (Leslie Caron) and Tommy's father (Jerry Lewis) together again. The strongest scenes though are the ones which truly shock - the flashback outlining the tragedy that has affected Jack's life, and the final few sequences in the show arena.

'Funny Bones' may be hard to fathom but I think it repays attention by giving its audience something a bit unexpected - plus some great performances along the way.


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