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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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Taglines:

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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$115,103
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Production Co:

IRS Media See more »
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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

Shakes the Clown: [to mimes] You silent motherfuckers!
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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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A little known comedy classic
3 November 2002 | by funkyfrySee 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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