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Clowning Around (1992)

Follows a boy who realizes there is more to being a clown, than just clowning around.

Director:

George Whaley

Writers:

Shane Brennan, Tom Cavanagh (as Tom Cavanaugh) | 1 more credit »
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2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clayton Williamson Clayton Williamson ... Simon Gunner
Ernie Dingo ... Jack Merrick
Rebecca Smart Rebecca Smart ... Linda Crealy
Jean-Michel Dagory Jean-Michel Dagory ... Anatole Tollin
Van Johnson ... Mr. Ranthow
Noni Hazlehurst ... Sarah Gunner
Annie Byron Annie Byron ... Una Crealy
Steve Jodrell ... Skipper Crealy
Jill Perryman Jill Perryman ... Miss Gabhurst
George Shevtsov George Shevtsov ... Fyodor
Jo Bolton Jo Bolton ... Sim's Clown Double
Johnnie Miller Johnnie Miller ... Ukelele Player
Kevan Johnston Kevan Johnston ... Compere
Lee Cumming Lee Cumming ... Bobby
Jean-Pierre Mignon Jean-Pierre Mignon ... Inspector
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Follows a boy who realizes there is more to being a clown, than just clowning around.

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Film debut ()uncredited) of Heath Ledger. See more »

Connections

Followed by Clowning Around 2 (1993) See more »

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Aussie Simplicity and Circus Intimacy; CLASSIC !
7 September 2019 | by alleywayambushSee all my reviews

I finished watching this prodction last night; 1st time in like 27 years ! (Think it was shown on UK TV in 1992).

Sim, a young Austraian orphan, pursues his unlikely dream of becoming a circus clown, against his foster father's desire for him to become a mechanic. Despite his community telling him to 'grow up' and pursue a 'real' career, he adamantly perseveres and becomes a successful clown in a French circus.

An interesting selection of 'random' unknown actors; only one I know of otherwise in Ernie Dingo of Crocodile Dundee / Heartbreak High fame. Classic theme tune; a tad dramatic & menacing, yet jokey too. I also like the intimate portrayal of Sim's clown act in everyday life. Everytime you see him in his personal life, he's baring something clown realted (a hat, braces, baggy britches, Circus poster, etc.), thus portraying clowning as more than just an act.

So I'll give this 9/10 for being cheap and cheerful, intimate and charming, and a general thumbs up produciton for us early 90s kids !


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1992 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Barron Entertainment See more »
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Mono

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Color
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