Shakes the Clown R

Loved by children. Desired by women. Adored by bartenders everywhere.
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 27 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: August 15, 2017
  • Originally Released: 1991
  • Label: Mill Creek Entertainment
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)

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Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"Mom, who's the naked clown in our bathroom'" (Billy to his mother)
"Guys like that, you know, they give clowns a bad name." (Shakes the Clown about his rival, Binky)
"This is a double whammy, man. First I find out you kill someone. Then I find out you're a mime." (Dink the Clown to Shakes)

Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 21


User Ratings: 4,057
Rating: 1/4 -- A bizarre comedy that stretches its central gimmick thinner than watered-down carnival taffy. Full Review
TV Guide
May 22, 2008
Rating: 2/4 -- The movie plays like a series of scene outlines -- ideas for how the movie should progress -- that needed more writing and revision before the actors were called in. Full Review
Chicago Sun-Times
Jan 1, 2000
Rating: 1/4 -- Bobcat Goldthwait's first (and worst) cinematic outing... Full Review
Reel Film Reviews
Nov 18, 2016
Rating: 2/5 -- Great idea for a tasteless short, but not enough for a feature.
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Jan 12, 2006
Rating: 7/10 -- Clearly achieves what Goldthwait wanted it to, and the unapologetic bluntness of it is itself worthy of praise, however awkward and squeamish. Full Review
Antagony & Ecstasy
Jun 5, 2016
Rating: 3/5 -- Sporadically, but hilariously, funny. Goldthwait is great as the alcoholic, mime-hatin' clown.
Mar 21, 2003
Rating: 2/5 -- The tagline is true - and so are the rumors.
Jul 4, 2003

Product Description:

Shakes the Clown (Goldthwait, who also wrote and directed) drinks too much, is late to birthday parties and his girlfriend calls it quits when he misses her big bowling tournament. But things get worse when the clown dispatcher is found dead and Shakes becomes the prime suspect. He's on the run to prove his innocence, save the woman he loves from an evil clown and come to terms with the realization that he's a serious boozer. Billed as "The CITIZEN KANE of alcoholic clown movies," SHAKES also features a then unknown Sandler in a bit part as well as a scene-stealing, foulmouthed turn from Page, better know as Aunt Esther of TV's "Sanford and Son."

Plot Synopsis:

Bobcat Goldthwait's cult horror comedy, with lots of grossness and lots of fun.
In the small town of Palukaville, USA, a friendly but alcoholic clown named Shakes earns his living entertaining children. But his comic antics come to a halt when a rival buffoon murders Shakes' manager and frames the unfortunate lush for the crime.
Now it's up to Shakes to discover the truth... or it's prison stripes instead of clown suits for him.


Production Notes:

  • Robin Williams' cameo (credited as Marty Fromage) as a domineering mime instructor has its moments. Foto-Kem Color
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  • Sales Rank: 1,047
  • UPC: 683904546647
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