Funny Bones

Funny Bones

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Director: Peter Chelsom

Cast: Oliver Platt, Lee Evans, Richard Griffiths

     
 

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Tommy Fawkes (Oliver Platt) is a struggling stand-up comedian who has tried for years to get out from under the shadow of his father, George Fawkes (Jerry Lewis), himself a famous humorist. Tommy finally scores a showcase spot at a major resort in Las Vegas, but when opening night rolls around, Tommy's act is an unqualified disaster, with the failure made even more

Overview

Tommy Fawkes (Oliver Platt) is a struggling stand-up comedian who has tried for years to get out from under the shadow of his father, George Fawkes (Jerry Lewis), himself a famous humorist. Tommy finally scores a showcase spot at a major resort in Las Vegas, but when opening night rolls around, Tommy's act is an unqualified disaster, with the failure made even more painful by his father's presence in the audience. In search of a fresh start, Tommy heads to Blackpool, England, where he was born and raised, to look for a new act. Hoping to buy material from local performers, Tommy auditions a large number of acts, most of whom are utterly hopeless, until he sees a hilarious vaudeville team, the Parker Brothers. Their act seems more than a bit familiar, however, and Tommy soon realizes that they're doing his father's old material. But they have every right to be doing George's schtick -- it seems George stole his act from the Parkers ages ago. What's more, the younger and more eccentric of the Parker Boys, Jack (Lee Evans), is actually Tommy's half brother, the product of a fling with a Blackpool showgirl years ago. Veering between comedy and drama, Funny Bones has more than its share of effective moments on either side of the fence, and features fine supporting performances from Oliver Reed, Leslie Caron and Harold Nicholas.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Tom Wiener
Peter Chelsom's follow-up to Hear My Song also deals with a show business quest. In his debut film, Chelsom charted the journey of a nightclub owner to come up with a famous but reclusive singer. Here, the search is a bit more difficult, as Tommy Fawkes (Oliver Platt) tries to resurrect his career as a comic and learn something about his family's roots in show business. Chelsom is clearly enthralled with the traditions of performance, as he allows a glimpse into the seaside resort of Blackpool, whose stages of the pre-television era launched hundreds of careers, none more distinguished than that of Tommy's father, George (Jerry Lewis). It may be a stretch to think of a character played by Jerry Lewis as a native Briton, but Lewis is so persuasive as a man steeped in the traditions of vaudeville that the gap is easily bridged. Lee Evans, as the rubber-limbed third of the Parker Boys act, almost walks away with the movie, no mean feat when the cast includes Lewis, Oliver Reed, and Leslie Caron, as the key figure in the Fawkes family past. Chelsom has a sideways method of telling his story that invites repeated viewings to pick up more nuances to his delightful story and characters.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/02/2003
UPC:
0786936209693
Original Release:
1995
Rating:
PG
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:08:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; French language track; Spanish subtitles; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound; Widescreen (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 televisions

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Oliver Platt Tommy Fawkes
Lee Evans Jack Parker
Richard Griffiths Jim Minty
Leslie Caron Katie Parker
Jerry Lewis George Fawkes
Oliver Reed Dolly Hopkins
George Carl Thomas Parker
Freddie Davies Bruno Parker
Ian McNeice Stanley Sharkey
Peter Gunn Nicky
Gavin Millar Steve Campbell
William Hootkins Al
Terence Rigby Billy Man
Ruta Lee Laura Fawkes
Ticky Holgado Battiston
Olivier Py Barre
Mouss Poquelin
Peter McNamara Canavan
Francois Domange Pirard
Harold Nicholas Himself
Jona Jones Security Guard
Ruth Kettlewell Camilla Powell
Mickey Baker Mayor
Andy Rashleigh Reporter
Phil Kelly Himself
Rusty Goffe Bagpipe Playing Dwarf
Frank Cox Cox Twin
Peter Martin Skipper
Nicholas Brothers Harold as Himself
Sadie Corré Poodle Lady

Technical Credits
Peter Chelsom Director,Producer,Screenwriter
John Altman Score Composer
Lester Berman Associate Producer
Laurie Borg Co-producer
Bill Daly Musical Direction/Supervision
Simon Fields Producer
Peter Flannery Screenwriter
Nicholas Frye Executive Producer
Caroline Hanania Production Designer
Tom Harris Special Effects
Pat Hay Makeup
Lindy Hemming Costumes/Costume Designer
Andrew Munroe Art Director
Eduardo Serra Cinematographer
Martin Walsh Editor
Michael Zimbrich Asst. Director

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits/Funny Bones [9:46]
2. What Are You Saying? [15:22]
3. Toast [6:31]
4. Bona Fide Maniac [11:52]
5. The Whereabouts [11:44]
6. A Keep or Weep [2:56]
7. Buying Lives [9:30]
8. Can't Shock Me! [11:22]
9. Sunshine and Smiles [10:19]
10. Getting a Big French [12:06]
11. Finale [12:42]
12. End Credits [9:42]

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Funny Bones 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been searching everywhere for this movie on DVD, ever since I happened to catch it on a cable channel a couple of yrs ago. Filmed mostly in Europe (& Las Vegas), it is such an original film, unlike any dramatic comedy I've ever seen. It has murder, heart wrenching scenes & comedy. It's elegantly filmed, sophisticated, provocative, and of course very funny. Highly recommended. Well worth every penny. The soundtrack is excellent too.