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Bryan Johnson (written by)
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Everybody loves a clown... some more than others.
Plot:
A man who performs as a children's birthday party clown tries to piece his life back together after being gang-raped. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Brian O'Halloran ... Will Carlson / Flappy / Vulgar (as Brian Christopher O'Halloran)

Bryan Johnson ... Syd Gilbert
Jerry Lewkowitz ... Ed Fanelli

Ethan Suplee ... Frankie Fanelli

Matthew Maher ... Gino Fanelli (as Matt Maher)
Don Gentile ... Sleepy Bum
Thomas W. Leidner ... Large Bum (as Thom Leidner)
Michael Tierney ... Skinny Bum
David Gilbert ... Delinquent #1
Erik Johnson ... Delinquent #2

Scott Schiaffo ... Travis Lee
Darin Johnson ... Boy #1
Brian Hartsgrove ... Boy #2
Aaron Hakeem ... Cop #1
Jamie Schutz ... Cop #2
Susanna Jolly ... Jill
Debra Karr ... Mother (as Debbie Karr)
Ceton Tate ... Ashley
Gertrude Johnson ... Old Lady
Paris Petrick ... Nurse Ratchet
Jay Petrick ... Wilma Carlson

Michael DeNigris ... Sam Mosier
Robert Hawk ... Old Man (as Bob Hawk)
Jill Robertson ... Shongo
Kiven Wiedmyer ... Irate Motorist

Brian Quinn ... Traffic Cop

Kevin Smith ... Martan Ingram

Tim Miller ... Gillian

Walter Flanagan ... Caddy

Scott Mosier ... Scotty
Tobias Carroll ... Toby
Diana Devlin ... Sultry Audience Member
David Klein ... Cinnamon

Melissa Rayworth ... Kelly Fanelli
Deanna Rowe ... Jenny Fanelli
Edgar Johnson ... Diaper Boy
Bob Farley ... Barron
Joe Mullins ... Joe-Joe

Jason Mewes ... Tuott the Basehead

John Sobestanovich ... Beggar (as Soby)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kim Chapman ... Rose Anderson - Pissy Mom in Diner
Zoe Daelman Chlanda ... Sexy mom / fan
Renee West ... Sexy Mom

Jeff Anderson ... Surly Duck (voice) (uncredited)

Chris J. Cullen ... Audience Member (uncredited)

Monica Hampton ... Hot woman sitting at table (uncredited)
Ralph Lambiase ... Clumsy Cop (uncredited)
Sean Marquis ... Dirty Junkie (uncredited)
Chris Parry ... Criminal Clown #3 (uncredited)
Darren Ross ... Neighborhood Kid (uncredited)

Directed by
Bryan Johnson 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Bryan Johnson  written by

Produced by
Monica Hampton .... producer
Scott Mosier .... executive producer
Kevin Smith .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Ryan Shore 
 
Cinematography by
David Klein 
 
Film Editing by
Bryan Johnson 
Scott Mosier 
 
Casting by
Paris Petrick 
 
Production Design by
Lisa Mareiniss  (as Lisa Beth Mareiniss)
 
Costume Design by
Shari Lyn 'Chuck' Hipschman 
 
Makeup Department
Paris Petrick .... key hair stylist
Paris Petrick .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Ian MacGregor .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Adam Hammel .... second assistant director
David Kurman .... second second assistant director
Jamie Schutz .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Christine Ditrio .... poster artist
Douglas Edwards .... assistant property master
Aaron Hakeem .... set dresser
Mike Hansen .... graphic designer
Ralph Lambiase .... storyboard artist
Chad Westphal .... property master
Kyle V. White .... leadman
 
Sound Department
Jennifer Barin .... assistant sound editor
Phil Benson .... dialogue editor
Alfred J. Caragay .... sound recordist (as Jay Caragay)
Melissa Casumbal .... boom operator
Alex Ghershini .... foley artist (as Alex Chersini)
David Glaser .... supervising sound editor
J.R. Grubbs .... sound effects editor
Michael Hansen .... boom operator
Paul Holly .... foley artist
David Kurman .... boom operator
Sean McAuliffe .... foley artist
John Moros .... boom operator
Scott Mosier .... dialogue editor
Tom Myers .... sound designer
Matthew O'Connor .... assistant sound editor
Gene Radzik .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Gary Rizzo .... sound re-recording mixer
Peter Taub .... sound mixer
Kevin Weiss .... boom operator
 
Special Effects by
Ralph Lambiase .... special effects makeup artist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Kevin Boyle .... assistant camera
Matt Gavin .... camera loader
William Hyatt .... dolly grip
Alan Jacobsen .... rigger (as Alan Jacobson)
Paul Kaye .... key grip
David Klein .... camera operator
Delores Lusitarua .... unit photographer (as Dolores Lusitana)
Emily Mackley .... first assistant camera
Sean Marquis .... best boy electric
John Moros .... camera production assistant
Michael 'Rodi' Rodia .... rigger
Bill Scalzitti .... gaffer (as William Scalzitti)
Joshua Solson .... rigger (as Josh Solson)
Erik Swift .... electrician
Peter Vietro-Hannum .... rigger (as Peter Vietro Hannum)
 
Casting Department
Kristen Oliver .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Courtney Grogan .... wardrobe assistant
 
Editorial Department
Alan Scher .... assistant editor
Pete Spataro .... color timer (as Peter Spataro)
 
Music Department
Nancy Allen .... music editor
Ethan Fiks .... musician
Arron Goldberg .... musician (as Aaron Goldberg)
Ron Jackson .... musician
Lawrence Manchester .... score mixer
Lawrence Manchester .... score recordist
Nick Mancini .... musician
Elliot Mason .... musician
Justin Mullens .... musician
Scott Pingel .... musician
Tim Ries .... musician
Andy Sanesi .... musician
Ryan Shore .... orchestrator
Johannes Weidenmuellen .... musician
Martin Wind .... musician
 
Other crew
Tobias Carroll .... key craft service (as Tobias A. Carroll)
Christopher Cram .... production assistant
Chris J. Cullen .... office production assistant (as Chris Cullen)
Liz Finn-Arnold .... script supervisor (as Lizbeth Finn Arnold)
Robin Gold .... production assistant
David Gross .... production assistant
Olof Källström .... workprint conform editor (as Olaf Kallstrom)
Thomas W. Leidner .... location manager (as Thomas Leidner)
Elizabeth Lewis .... production assistant
Steven P. McVey .... production assistant (as Steven McVey)
Dan Milner .... production coordinator
Daniel Milner .... production coordinator
Amanda Nanawa .... script supervisor
Janelle Ashley Nielson .... workprint conform editor
Matt Nycz .... office production assistant
Vincent Pereira .... workprint conform editor
Ganielle Roeser .... assistant location manager
Alan Scher .... assistant production coordinator
Garry Vander Voort .... production assistant (as Gary Vander-Voort)
Kevin Weiss .... production assistant
 
Thanks
Phil Benson .... thanks
Glenn Kiser .... the producers would also like to thank
John Mardesich .... the producers would also like to thank
Scott Mosier .... thanks
Gary Rizzo .... thanks
Kevin Smith .... thanks
 

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Additional Details

MPAA:
Rated R for disturbing sexual violence, some shootings and strong language
Runtime:
87 min | Canada:91 min | USA:85 min (edited version)
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Canada:R (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:18 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:16+ (Quebec) | USA:R
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Trivia:
Many of the grips, assistants and film crew took bit parts in the movie (due to the incredibly tight budget).See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Near the end, when Ed Fanelli dies of heart failure, we can see him moving and breathing even as Will/Flappy kicks him.See more »
Quotes:
Syd Gilbert:I'm gonna be flyin' solo soon. I got a job.
Will Carlson:Where?
Syd Gilbert:Tuott the Basehead hooked me up at "Suds 'N' Stuff" over the weekend.
Will Carlson:Watch yourself on that corporate ladder...
Syd Gilbert:Listen to this bull. Is that YOUR limo I saw parked outside? Driving around in that little shitbox...
Will Carlson:Hey! That shitbox totes YOUR ass to-and-fro.
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Soundtrack:
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11 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Interesting in a Very Disgusting Way, 7 March 2004
Author: richard winters (rwint) from Chicago, Illinois

6 out of 10

Finally a movie that actually lives up to it's title. This is a film that cuts no corners and really doesn't particularly care if the viewer ends up liking it or not. In many ways the filmmakers seem to take a certain glee in just how disgusting and 'vulgar' they can make it. There is a different type of motivation here. It's a sort of assault on the viewers senses. It's a test at seeing just how much one person can take. It's crude and ugly all the way through. It's just one grotesque image or comment toppled onto another. Victory to these filmmakers seems to constitute how many viewers it can repulse. This seems especially evident on the DVD version where in the bonus section they proudly display all the rejection letters they have received from all the film festival organizations.

The story involves a hard on his luck guy who works as a clown for children's parties. He decides he needs some extra money so he decides to attend a adult party and pose as a male clown stripper, but it ends up all being a set up. Once he gets there he becomes accosted and eventually raped by three grown men.

The rape scene is actually not as disturbing as you might think. For one thing it is handled very well technically. It has some interesting camera angles and viewpoints. It also comes after so much other ugliness that by the time you get to this part it all seems very status quo. In fact the filmmakers become so obsessive in painting such a over the top tasteless and nihilistic portrait that eventually it all becomes darkly amusing. A good example of this is the protagonists mother who sits in a senior home and spews all every imaginable insult and put down that she can to her son. She seems so mean to her son, who otherwise seems like a nice guy, that at first you cringe at what she says. Eventually though she spews out so many that you just can't help but start to laugh.

There may actually be a message here somewhere. It may be saying that we live in a very mean and ugly world with no chance at defeating it or escaping it. Good guys and innocent people get raped by it all the time (Note how our protagonist is nothing more than an innocent children's clown.) You almost have to get ugly yourself in a way in order to deal with it because you can never really get beyond it. This is evident by the way our protagonist becomes rich and famous and yet his attackers just track him down and try to extort money from him by saying they have a videotape of the attack which they could send out and humiliate him with.

Overall this is a very cheap looking and grimy picture. It's excessively vile nature will be a test to just about any viewer. Yet it is well paced with a nicely compact structure. The dialogue is good and the three attackers are perfect enhancements to the mountain men in DELIVERANCE. If anything it has it's own vision. This is a viable candidate for future cult status.

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