A Thousand Clowns

A Thousand Clowns
Comedy, Drama, Romance
1965

Director: Fred Coe CastJason Robards, Barbara Harris, Martin Balsam, Gene Saks, William Daniels, Philip Bruns, John McMartin, Barry Gordon

Academy Awards: Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Martin Balsam)

Also Nominated For: Best Picture; Best Adapted Screenplay (Herb Gardner); Best Scoring of Music, Adaptation or Treatment

I First Saw In: 2015

Synopsis: A middle-aged iconoclast, doggedly avoiding the tedium of employment and conventional life, faces the prospect of losing custody of his young ward.

Quotables: MURRAY: You might call Nick a bastard… or a little bastard, depending on how whimsical you feel at the time.

And now a Word from the Guise:
This movie is overwhelmingly chaotic and abstract. A little over halfway through the movie there’s a random montage of people eating juxtaposed with the sounds gunfire. Even as a coulrophobe, I would have preferred the film if there had literally been a thousand murderous clowns to this confusing schlock of idle absurdity.

Oscar Madness Ranking – ??? out of 233