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Shakes the Clown (1991)

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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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Bobcat Goldthwait
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bobcat Goldthwait ... Shakes the Clown
Julie Brown ... Judy
Bruce Baum Bruce Baum ... Ty the Rodeo Clown
Steve Bean ... Beaten Mime in Park
Blake Clark ... Stenchy the Clown
Eliza Coyle Eliza Coyle ... Enthusiastic Mime
Paul Dooley ... Owen Cheese
Gerald F. Edelstein Gerald F. Edelstein ... 2nd Party Dad
Robin Williams ... Mime Class Instructor (as Marty Fromage)
Jack Gallagher Jack Gallagher ... Officer Crony
Paige Gosney Paige Gosney ... Billy
Kathy Griffin ... Lucy
Florence Henderson ... The Unknown Woman
Scott Herriott Scott Herriott ... Floor Director
Melissa Hurley ... Producer at Big Time Cartoon Circus
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Storyline

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 <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Loved by children. Desired by women. Adored by bartenders everywhere. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and drug use | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 March 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bohóc-sztori See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,589, 15 March 1992, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$115,103
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IRS Media See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Included on Esquire's list: "75 Movies Every Man Should See" See more »

Goofs

When Shakes confronts Binky at the clown bar, the clown with the bright green hair loses his bright green chest hair. See more »

Quotes

Judy: Listen, Binky - Shakes may be alcoholic... and a bad lay... but he's not a murderer!
Binky the Clown: [shouts] Not a murderer? How can you say he's not a murderer? He took one of his own juggling pins and smashed in Mr. Cheese's head with the fucking thing! Again and again and again, just hitting and hitting - and the head bursting and splattering underneath. And Boots and Hoho could've stopped me, but they didn't stop me!
Binky the Clown: [Normal voice] Wait... did I say 'me' just then?
Judy: Yes.
Binky the Clown: Whoa! Back up; now I've got to kill *...
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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 »

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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #26.26 (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Binky Fever
Music by Tom Scott
Lyrics by Tom Kenny
Performed by Tom Kenny
© 1991 Tomscot Music, Inc. (BMI), Wicked Cheezy Music (ASCAP) and Illegal Film Music (ASCAP)
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Are we not clowns?
21 August 2000 | by thunderpuppySee all my reviews

Henry Rollins broke humanity down, once, into "People who get Devo, and people who don't." You can do the same for this movie... there are people who get it, and people who don't, and you will never, ever convince someone that doesn't get this film that it's enjoyable. Just give up. If they can't see the humor in "Oh great, now I have to kill you too. Another red letter day for Binky..."


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