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General Information

Poster for Shakes the Clown
  • Directed by

    Bobcat Goldthwait

  • Screenplay by

    Bobcat Goldthwait

  • Music Composed by

    Tom Scott

  • Theatrical Release Date

    March 13, 1992

  • DVD Release Date

    April 4, 2000

  • Production Company

    IRS Media

  • Distribution Company

    IRS Media

Main Cast

  • Robin Williams

    Mime Jerry

  • Bobcat Goldthwait

    Shakes the Clown

  • Julie Brown


  • Bruce Baum

    Ty the Rodeo Clown

  • Blake Clark

    Stenchy the Clown


Shakes is an amiable, alcoholic bozo from Palukaville, USA. But after one particularly wild night, Shakes wakes to find he's been framed for murder. The hilarious suspects include a pack of rude rodeo clowns, a gang of mimes and an ambitious party clown with eyes for Shakes' sweetheart. As unlikely a superhero as you'll ever meet, Shakes takes to the streets for a slapstick showdown that blows the lid off the big top.


The trailer for Shakes the Clown can be viewed here.



Loved by children. Desired by women. Adored by bartenders everywhere.


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Filming Info

  • Locations

    Los Angeles, CA

International Titles

  • Germany

    Clowns - Ihr Lachen bringt den Tod

  • Brazil

    Um Palhaço Suspeito

Fun Fact

In this film, Robin appears in the credits under the name "Marty Fromage."

Box Office

  • Budget


  • Gross

    $115,103 (USA)
    N/A (international)
    $115,103 (total)

  • Opening Weekend

    $35,589 (9 theaters)

  • Widest Release

    9 theaters

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