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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Shakes the Clown
... Judy
Bruce Baum ... Ty the Rodeo Clown
... Beaten Mime in Park
... Stenchy the Clown
Eliza Coyle ... Enthusiastic Mime
... Owen Cheese
Gerald F. Edelstein ... 2nd Party Dad
... Mime Class Instructor (as Marty Fromage)
Jack Gallagher ... Officer Crony
Paige Gosney ... Billy
... Lucy
... The Unknown Woman
Scott Herriott ... Floor Director
... Producer at Big Time Cartoon Circus
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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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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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Budget:

$1,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,589, 15 March 1992, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$115,103
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Trivia

Bobcat Goldthwait and Tim Kazurinsky both appeared in Police Academy 2, 3, and 4. See more »

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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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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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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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A dark, dark, rollick through Palookaville.
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The movie poster when I saw "Shakes" in the theatre touted it as the "Citizen Kane of Alcoholic Clown Movies," clearly a better analogy than the "Gone with the Wind" one touted here. This is one strange fantasy where clowns hang out in their own bars watching clown shows on TV while tossing back shots. The bars are segregated by clown type, with bars for rodeo clowns and bars for party clowns with no mixing tolerated. Robin Williams' bit part as a mime instructor is some of his best work every, enhanced (as all Robins work should be) by it's brevity. Great work, Bobcat! (The kids in the sprinkler scene is great, a lovingly filmed, uncharacteristicly joyful moment in this very, very dark comedy.) Rumor has it that clown groups picketed theatres when this movie was released, claiming that it was defamatory to clowns.


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