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Shakes the Clown
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Shakes the Clown

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Director: Bobcat Goldthwait, Julie Brown, Tom Kenny, Blake Clark

Cast: Bobcat Goldthwait, Julie Brown, Tom Kenny, Blake Clark

 
Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait made his directorial debut with this black comedy about a unsavory clown, which has been given a bit of polish for its release on DVD. Shakes the Clown has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, which is also enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The original English-language

Overview

Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait made his directorial debut with this black comedy about a unsavory clown, which has been given a bit of polish for its release on DVD. Shakes the Clown has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, which is also enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The original English-language soundtrack appears in Dolby Digital Surround, while a dubbed Spanish version is in Dolby Digital Stereo. Optional subtitles in English and Spanish are also included. As a bonus, this edition also includes biographies of the leading cast members and the film's original theatrical trailer.This black comedy chronicles the fall of one of the world's most unlovable clowns as he plies his trade and tries to survive in Palukaville a town where everyone is more or less a Bozo. Shakes loves women and more than that, he loves his booze. Like many of his painted peers, ol' Shakes likes to hang out at The Twisted Balloon, the favorite local pub where he hoists a few, beats up on mimes (the lowest caste in Palukaville) and causes trouble with his girl friend Judy, a woman who cannot say the letter "L." Because the slovenly Shakes can't seem to make it to birthday parties sober and on time, he is fired from his booking agency, causing him to go on a big drinking binge. Later, Shakes awakens and learns that Binky, a lousy TV-clown, is framing him for beating up Shake's former boss with a juggling pin. Now poor Shakes must clear his name. He must also rescue "Juwee" who has been kidnapped by the nefarious Binky, and he must come to grips with his alcohol problem (perhaps the film could be therefore titled "Clown and Sober?"). Keep an eye peeled for cameos by Robin Williams, as a mime instructor, and Florence Henderson as one of Shake's illicit sexual conquests.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Promoted with tongue in cheek as "The Citizen Kane of clown movies," this low-budget comedy annoyed critics and puzzled audiences -- but in the nine years since its initial release Shakes the Clown has attracted a substantial cult following. Stand-up comic Bobcat Goldthwait wrote and directed Shakes as a starring vehicle for himself. As an alcoholic, down-on-his-luck clown whose hopes for a comeback are dashed when he's framed for murder, he's endearingly subversive; his irreverent performance even gives the movie an edgy quality. Wisely, Goldthwait also relies on the talents -- underutilized, in some cases -- of a funny and gifted supporting cast that includes Julie Brown, Adam Sandler, Sydney Lassick, Paul Dooley, Tom Kenny, Florence Henderson, and -- in a hilarious turn as a mime teacher -- Robin Williams. An easy picture to underestimate, Shakes the Clown has nuggets of black humor that will richly reward viewers who have the patience to mine for them.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/04/2000
UPC:
0043396040625
Original Release:
1992
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
1:27:00

Special Features

Digitally remastered audio & anamorphic video; Interactive menus; Audio: English 2-channel (Dolby Surround), Spanish (Stereo); Subtitles: English, Spanish; Talent files; Theatrical trailers; Scene selections

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bobcat Goldthwait Shakes The Clown
Julie Brown Judy
Tom Kenny Binky the Clown
Blake Clark Stenchy the Clown
Adam Sandler Dink the Clown
Robin Williams Mime Jerry
Florence Henderson The Unknown Woman
Kathy Griffin Lucy
Paul Dooley Owen Cheese
Bruce Baum Ty the Rodeo Clown
Jack Gallagher Officer Crony
Paul Kozlowski HoHo the Clown
Jeremy S. Kramer Detective Boar
LaWanda Page Female Clown Barfly
Greg Travis Randi the Rodeo Clown
Tom Villard Dirthead in Car
Martin Charles Warner Male Clown Barfly
Donald Paul Pemrick Actor
Tom Scott Actor
Danielle Spencer Boots the Clown
Tony V. Broken Saddle Bouncer
Steve Bean Beaten Mime in Park
Eliza Coyle Enthusiastic Mime
Gerald F. Edelstein 2nd Party Dad
Paige Gosney Billy
Scott Herriott Floor Director
Melissa Hurley Producer at Bigtime Cartoon Circus
Tim Kazurinsky 1st Party Dad
Sidney Lassick Peppy the Clown
Joel Murray Milkman
Bob Nickman Gas Station Owner
Shane Ricci Obnoxious Kid at Party
Johnny Silver Clown Tailor
Cary Smith Mom at Party

Technical Credits
Bobcat Goldthwait Director,Screenwriter
Michael Bennett Producer
Bobby Bukowski Cinematographer
Melissa Cobb Associate Producer
Paul Colichman Producer
Miles A. Copeland Producer
Elliot Davis Cinematographer
J. Kathleen Gibson Editor
Melissa Hurley Choreography
Barry Krost Producer
Ann Luly-Goldthwait Producer
Christopher B. Neely Art Director
Steven Reich Associate Producer
Tom Scott Score Composer
Tim Trella Stunts
Harold Welb Producer
Pamela Woodbridge Production Designer

Scene Index

Side #1
   Play Movie
   Audio Set-up & Subtitles
   Special Features
      Talent Files
         Bobcat Goldthwait
         Julie Brown
         Adam Sandler
      Theatrical Trailers
         Shakes the Clown
         Big Daddy

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Shakes the Clown 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
All kinds of critics don't go along with this movie as being great but I totally disagree. shakes the clown has performed a daring attempt to cross dangerous boundries when it comes to low class comedies for critic reviews. if you hate clowns don't worry these clowns would actually make you laugh with their clever drunkeness.