Shakes is good at his job as party clown - when he's sober and shows up. Five druggy clowns frame him for the murder of his boss.

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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 ... 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 »

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Trivia

Binky the Clown mentions to his friends in the clown bar that he is now the star of a major kid's cartoon show, even though none of the segments shown from his show are animated. Tom Kenny, the actor playing Binky, went on to become the voice of SpongeBob. 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

Female Clown Barfly: I got one of them peanut butter pussies: it's brown, smooth and easy to spread.
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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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References Mary Poppins (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Mannish Boy
Written by Bo Diddley (as Ellas McDaniel), Muddy Waters (as McKinley Morganfield) and Melvin London (as Mel London)
Performed by Muddy Waters
© 1955 by ARC Music Corp.
Copyright Renewed. All Rights Reserved
Courtesy of Sony Music Licensing
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bad, yet funny in a perverse way
6 December 1999 | by emerson-12See all my reviews

Among my friends and myself it has become tradition to rent Shakes the Clown and watch it around New Years Eve. I'm not saying this is the best movie of all time. In fact, it is so appalingly bad that we have to see it once a year. Shakes is a screwed up mix between a serious film about alcoholism and a cheap comedy film full of dick jokes. Nothing more needs to be said, other than Robin Williams makes a great mime.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 March 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shakes the Clown See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,589, 15 March 1992

Gross USA:

$115,103

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$115,103
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Company Credits

Production Co:

IRS Media See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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