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Determined to avoid employment, Murray Burns (Jason Robards), an eccentric former TV writer, lives with his 12-year-old nephew, Nick (Barry Gordon), in a messy New York City apartment. When Nick's unconventional home life is discovered, Murray comes under the scrutiny of social worker Sandra Markowitz (Barbara Harris), whom he quickly charms. Attempting to be responsible for both Nick and Sandra, Murray begrudgingly looks for a job -- but can he truly commit to a more conventional life?

Cast & Crew

Barry Gordon
Nick Burns, Wilbur Malcome Burns, Theodore Burns, Raphael Sabatini, Dr. Morris Fishbein, Woodrow Burns, Chevrolet Burns, Big Sam Burns, Lefty Burns
Fred Coe
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Fred Coe
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Critic Reviews for A Thousand Clowns

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Audience Reviews for A Thousand Clowns

  • May 06, 2014
    Ruined somewhat for me by the fact that I had to memorize a monologue from this film, A Thousand Clowns remains a critique of what bring contentment to life. It is lightweight compared to most recent films on the topic but it is nonetheless good.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 21, 2009
    Jason Robards is a middle-aged, unemployed bachelor who is raising his 12-year-old nephew (Barry Gordon) in the heart of New York City. When confronted by representatives from NY social services, Robards is faced with the choice of either conforming to "acceptable" standards (getting a job) or risk losing his nephew to the bureaucracy of the child welfare system. I have an affinity for cerebral comedies and this is definitely a good example. It stimulates the mind, tickles the funny bone and touches the heart.
    Randy T Super Reviewer
  • Jul 24, 2008
    thanks to exnavykds for reminding me...
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 08, 2008
    All at once touching and funny, a real gem of a film.
    Anthony V Super Reviewer

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