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A Thousand Clowns [VHS]
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Murray feels what all humans feel - particularly at the age when they're ready to move out on their own into the world. He retains a childlike quality that at times delights us with witty, honest comedy. And at other times it frustrates our logic; for we care about the child and his future. This story closely mimics that of *Catcher in the Rye* and also follows many of the ideals laid down by Henry David Thoreau. Murray practices all forms of civil disobedience and definitely walks to the beat of a different drummer.
With witty dialogue, endearing characters, and an all-star performance by the film's lead men, *A Thousand Clowns* is a sure winner for all audiences. The film is made all the more classic due to its handling of a subject we all can relate too: To conform or not to conform.
I need to tell everyone of the first time I saw the film. I was 12 years
old. It was a Saturday night. I used to take the TV into the bathroom and watch whatever was on NBC's "Saturday Night at the Movies", while I lay in the bathtub. This film came on that I had no idea whatever what it was. The more I watched, the more I realized I was watching a film that I knew nothing about, but knew everything about, and i was Mesmerized. I found out at that time that I was Murray Burns(ok without the kid mind you). I think that for someone my age, to see that in themselves, is pretty extraordinary. Much of my life has been lived by the classic line in the film, when Arnie(Murrays Brother) says's to him...
"You know Murray, there is only one thing separating you from complete happiness. And do you know what that is? Other People".
I try to live my life, by the way of Murray Burns. I often break out into a rather strange rendition of "Yes Sir, That's My Baby", at very
inopportune times, just to see who gets the joke.
One of the many films needed to be remastered and released to the general public that knows, what is worthy, and what is not.
Om my GOD, I love this film so much.
I thank you for letting me ramble.
Now when the F%%k Can we see this released on DVD?
After seeing Jason Robards struggle with telephones, relatives, women and conformity, you too will be talking back to the weather lady with his quotes. Only Zorba The Greek has more memorable one-liners.
Invading social workers threaten to separate Robards from his nephew unless he learns to conform sufficiently to keep a job as a comedy writer for Chuckles the Chipmonk.
Strong acting by a wonderful cast, great dialog, and powerful editing in a black and white format will keep you glued the the screen and smiling from beginning to end.
And for the rest of your life, you will know the proper use of the line "you can never have too many eagles" :-)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
"Special Features; none"
Thanks, I'll keep my copy off TCM or wherever. This film deserves a lot more! Almost perfect.
The film came on time and was in excellent condition. This is truly a classic.Published 2 months ago by Michael Murphy
Stage to screen. Usually, a dud. (Example: Burton-Taylor Virginia Woolf). This one is a winner. Flawless!Published 6 months ago by A. W. Moats
I love the movie but the person i sent this movie to received a defective dvd. I am absolutely furious! Read morePublished 6 months ago by mjr
Classic! A tale for the ages: can a creative idiosyncratic, find love and closeness in a competitive capitalist society? Without losing his soul? Read morePublished 6 months ago by Richard Lennox
A brilliant script further elevated by inspired performances by the entire cast. It is truly unfortunate (and mind boggling) that this film hasn't gone through a first-rate... Read morePublished 7 months ago by HighExpectations
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