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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tommy Fawkes
George Fawkes
Katie Parker
Jim Minty
Sadie Corre ...
Poodle Woman
Dolly Hopkins
George Carl ...
Thomas Parker
Freddie Davies ...
Bruno Parker
Stanley Sharkey
Christopher Greet ...
Lawrence Berger
Gavin Millar ...
Steve Campbell
Terence Rigby ...
Billy Man


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!


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

31 March 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Atherapefta asteios  »

Box Office


$532,268 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Joanna Lumley was cut out of this film. See more »


During the final scene, while the camera is showing the police at the base of the pole, a spotlight is throwing a very clear shadow of the camera, complete with 'rubber ducky' antenna on the actors. See more »


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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References Tonight! (1953) See more »


La Mer
Music by Charles Trenet and Albert Lasry
Lyrics by Charles Trenet
Performed by Charles Trenet
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A very multi-faceted film
13 October 1999 | by (Cape Town, South Africa) – See all my reviews

When I first saw this film I thought that it was brilliant. At first it seemed to have an amateurish quality about it, but this turned out not to be true. What I thought was amateurish about it turned out to be the sound. The ever present ocean seems to add to the sound quality as if the viewer were really there, experiencing what actually happened.

This is undoubtedly one of Oliver Platt's best roles. I thoroughly enjoyed watching the intriguing Mr.Fawkes. Lee Evans was also unbelievably riveting in his portrayal as the mentally disturbed young man.

This film is very representative of the small town in Britain with it's quiet undisturbed population that seems to be frozen in time, in contrast to Fawkes's father's life in America, which is busy and ever-changing, where the most important thing in life is money, as opposed to memories being just as important back in the small British town.

The best part of the film is watching (in small parts) the unravelling of the horrific event that had happened so many years before and turned the young man (played by Lee Evans) into the person he is today.

A riveting watch. See it.

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