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Funny Bones (1995)

An unsuccessful comedian uncovers a family secret and learns the true price of letting inherent talent shine.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Tommy Fawkes
... George Fawkes
... Jack Parker
... Katie Parker
... Jim Minty
Sadie Corre ... Poodle Woman
... Dolly Hopkins
George Carl ... Thomas Parker
Freddie Davies ... Bruno Parker
... Stanley Sharkey
Christopher Greet ... Lawrence Berger
... Nicky
Gavin Millar ... Steve Campbell
... Al
... Billy Man
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Storyline

Tommy Fawkes wants to be a successful comedian but his Las Vegas debut is a failure. He goes back to Blackpool, UK, where his father, also a comedian started and where he spent the summers of his childhood. He starts to search for a partner, a comic relief, with whom he can be famous. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Comedy. It's in the timing. It's in the material. But mostly, it's in the bones. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for some language and a scene of tragic violence | See all certifications »

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31 March 1995 (USA)  »

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Atherapefta asteios  »

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$532,268
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In a crucial mid-film scene Jack Parker (Lee Evans) appears at a small Blackpool nightclub as "Val Radio", performing a "dummy act". A Vaudeville term for an act where a comedian mimes in time to music or a recording. Jerry Lewis got his start performing a "dummy act" with phonograph records he played on stage. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene on the fishing boat, Lee Evans is shot at and dives into the water. The long shot shows the boat is stationary in the water, when it should be moving, according to the plot. See more »

Quotes

Nicky: Where were you born?
Jack Parker: Blackpool.
Nicky: Why Blackpool?
Jack Parker: I wanted to be near to my mother.
Nicky: Have you lived in Blackpool all your life?
Jack Parker: Not yet.
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Featured in Zomergasten: Episode #11.4 (1998) See more »

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La Mer
Music by Charles Trenet
Lyrics by Charles Trenet
Performed by Charles Trenet
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On my all time top ten list
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This amazing film won't let you go. I was never a Jerry Lewis fan, but his performance here is extraordinary. The movie is a Pirandellean exploration of the nature of comedy. It works on so many levels--acting, script, cinematography, plot, and of course comedy. The dark secret of humor is that a grin is really a grimace. Oliver Platt is amazing--I hadn't seen him before and will now go to anything he plays in on the basis of the performance. He plays a failed comic son of a famous comic father (Jerry Lewis) exploring the roots of comedy--his own personal family roots, the roots in his home town's vaudeville, and ultimately its roots in the human psyche. I can't tell much more without giving away some of the twists of the roller-coaster of a plot. If you like to think while being entertained, here's a movie for you.


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