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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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Peter Chelsom
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Oliver Platt ... Tommy Fawkes
Jerry Lewis ... George Fawkes
Lee Evans ... Jack Parker
Leslie Caron ... Katie Parker
Richard Griffiths ... Jim Minty
Sadie Corre Sadie Corre ... Poodle Woman
Oliver Reed ... Dolly Hopkins
George Carl George Carl ... Thomas Parker
Freddie Davies Freddie Davies ... Bruno Parker
Ian McNeice ... Stanley Sharkey
Christopher Greet Christopher Greet ... Lawrence Berger
Peter Gunn ... Nicky
Gavin Millar Gavin Millar ... Steve Campbell
William Hootkins ... Al
Terence Rigby ... 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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 March 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Atherapefta asteios See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,946, 26 March 1995

Gross USA:

$532,268

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$532,268
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Hollywood Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

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

When Tommy Fawkes gets the Parker brothers to sign the contract for their act, there is a continuity issue with the chair. The Parkers stand up and go to set up the scene to show Tommy Fawkes. From a high shot you see Tommy Fawkes stand up and turn his chair around. It then cuts to the front of Tommy. His chair is in its original position and he turns it around again to the position he did in the first high shot. 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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La Mer
Music by Charles Trenet
Lyrics by Charles Trenet
Performed by Charles Trenet
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Fascinating Quirky Film
15 February 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Here is one more somewhat-unknown film I wish got more notice, although I'm not sure how many would like it because it's so different. It's a bizarre combination of humor and tragedy, of supernatural and straight drama. It's just an odd mix, but I find it very, very interesting and I've seen it three times, equally fascinated each time.

The movie goes back and forth between drama and comedy which makes unsettling for some viewers, but not me. It kept me on my toes, so to speak, even with those multiple viewings. Also in here is another example of how good comedians can be in dramatic roles, in this case, veteran comic Jerry Lewis. Oliver Platt plays his son, and does an outstanding job as the main figure in this film. The comedy is really provided by others, most notably the most tragic figure in the film: "Jack Parker," effectively played by Lee Evans.

There is really is no way to adequately explain this strange film in a few paragraphs. I would just say if you are looking for something different, give this a try. And stay with it, even if the first half hour is not to your liking. You will be rewarded.


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