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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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Cast

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Tommy Fawkes
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George Fawkes
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Katie Parker
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Jim Minty
Sadie Corre ...
Poodle Woman
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Dolly Hopkins
George Carl ...
Thomas Parker
Freddie Davies ...
Bruno Parker
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Stanley Sharkey
Christopher Greet ...
Lawrence Berger
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Nicky
Gavin Millar ...
Steve Campbell
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Al
Terence Rigby ...
Billy Man
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Storyline

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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Comedy. It's in the timing. It's in the material. But mostly, it's in the bones. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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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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Atherapefta asteios  »

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$532,268 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Joanna Lumley was cut out of this film. 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

Bruno Parker: I never saw anything funny that didn't cause pain.
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Connections

References Tonight! (1953) See more »

Soundtracks

La Mer
Music by Charles Trenet
Lyrics by Charles Trenet
Performed by Charles Trenet
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A seaside postcard from the depths of the human heart
30 March 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Not really a comedy - more a surreal, sometimes weirdly comic piece about comedians, about families, about the awfulness of having a famous father, about genius, about the problem of what makes a comic funny, about the sublime sadness of failure. Lee Evans is absolutely haunting as the tortured comic genius, the natural comic who is so purely a comedian that he can barely communicate except in gags, yet who will never be allowed to perform in public because of his dark past. Leslie Caron is heart-rending as his mother, a brave, faded French beauty stranded for ever singing mildly risque songs in Blackpool pubs, and their tender scenes together are for me the best thing in the whole film.

The whole cast is incredible...right down to Oliver Reed camping it up gloriously in a bizarre sub-plot which at first I thought might be part of the Evans' character's fevered imagination. It is a movie absolutely crammed with magic but in one of my favourite scenes, Oliver Platt arrives in Blackpool and instantly sees it peopled with characters from Donald McGill postcards - fat ladies, saucy girls with flouncy skirts, burly men. The ending is a bit wonky and looks to my eye to have been changed from a tragic one to a "happy" one to please audiences. In the two opening sequences, both Evans and Platt utter the words "I'm going to die" in very different circumstances, and mean very different things, and other variations on the theme of death and laughter follow - all this seemed to be pointing down a much darker alleyway than the one we got. Doesn't matter, though. Still a great movie.


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