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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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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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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

The role of Owen Cheese was written with Paul Dooley in mind. 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

1st Party Dad: Are you the clown?
Shakes the Clown: No, I'm Mary fuckin' Poppins.
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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 »

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Referenced in Hand of Glory (2012) 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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Underrated Cast, Underachieving Script...I Mean, It's An Alcoholic Clown Movie So....
20 March 2013 | by HanPoloSee all my reviews

I downloaded this movie years after putting it on my watchlist because I had seen it mentioned in one of those Men's Journal "100 Movies Every Guy Should See" lists. In the end, its presence on a list like that might be appropriate, but don't reshuffle your own watchlist to make room for it.

The cast is actually terrific. Bobcat Goldthwait in a forgettable lead role still filled the role nicely, and with such a star-studded supporting crew, the cast is actually the most memorable thing about this movie. Adam Sandler and Blake Clark have major roles throughout, which was no doubt a fertile time for the two to bounce ideas off one another, thus sparking a screen relationship that would help fuel Sandler's meteoric rise through 1990s comedy. Kathy Griffin is the feminist friend of the lead actress, Julie Brown, who later played Ms. Stoeger in Clueless. Even Robin Williams made a cameo appearance as a catty mime instructor, surely offering at least a few laughs with his pre-GWH clown-like demeanor.

Unfortunately, this semi-Allstar cast was paired with terrible writers. Sure, there is the occasional line or two that elicit laughs from even the most lifeless of cynics, but the viewer can't help but follow a very contrived script throughout the movie, and only the body language of the actors themselves seems to save the screenplay from itself.

Overall, simply by recognizing the significance of the cast, all together as early as 1991, is enough to take from this movie what it has to offer most. I can't recommend making time for it, but if someone brings it over and you're in an agreeable mood, put it in and enjoy a lot of hidden humor (background gags and subtle one-liners) in this alcoholic cult-classic.


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