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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 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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dark humor | clown | party | murder | mime | See All (39) »

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Don't Bring the Kids! 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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Details

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

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Demi Moore was considered to play Judy. 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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Crazy Credits

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

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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What a great yuk!
9 January 2001 | by BinzerSee all my reviews

This rare gem is an example of a funny, funny man (Bobcat Goldthwait) given free reign over the creation of a comedy gem. Though this film may not exemplify any of the tired old Hollywood "formulas" for what makes a profitable comedy, it nonetheless succeeds wonderfully.

Shakes The Clown is quirky, kinky, edgy and hilarious. It features great comic performances by many such under rated comic talents as Bruce Baum and Tom Kenny. Conversely, in the tradition of the inspired casting of Leslie Neilsen in Airplane, Goldthwait places in hilariously improbable comic situations traditional "straight" actors, such as Florence Henderson in the role of a Clown-dating bar floozy.

I won't say that this film exemplifies a category, because I feel that it defines one. A true original, one of a kind, Shakes The Clown should not be missed.


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