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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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Bruce Baum ...
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Beaten Mime in Park
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Eliza Coyle ...
Enthusiastic Mime
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Gerald F. Edelstein ...
2nd Party Dad
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Mime Class Instructor (as Marty Fromage)
Jack Gallagher ...
Officer Crony
Paige Gosney ...
Billy
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Scott Herriott ...
Floor Director
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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 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 »

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

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13 March 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bohóc-sztori  »

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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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The shots of the neighborhood in the opening scenes were filmed without permits. 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

Mime in park: [after being attacked by clowns] You just pick on us because we're artists!
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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 »


Soundtracks

Peppy's Theme
Music by Tom Scott
Lyrics by Bobcat Goldthwait (as Bob Goldthwait)
Performed by Sydney Lassick
© 1991 Tomscot Music, Inc. (BMI), Wicked Cheezy Music (ASCAP) and Illegal Film Music (ASCAP)
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A little known comedy classic
3 November 2002 | by See all my reviews

Very entertaining film pits rival bands of clowns (Rodeo, party, and mime clowns) against each other in a weird alternate world dominated by archetypes of 1950s entertainment (much like Tim Burton's equally entertaining "Pee Wee's Big Adventure"). Goldthwait acts up a storm as the clinically alcoholic title character. The photography is as dark as the film's viewpoint -- this one is a keeper!

Shakes is truly sympathetic because he never solicits pity or tries to be cute (like Sandler would have if it was his film). Here honesty pays off, because we'd really like to see Shakes hook up with his dream girl (Brown) by the end. Nice character acting all around, especially the clowns in the bar and the 2 cops.

Memorable and highly recommended.


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