A Thousand Clowns
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Jason Robards Jr. superbly re-creates his Broadway role in this 1965 film version of Herb Gardner's play. Robards plays Murray Burns, head writer of TV's popular Chuckles the Chipmunk show. Fed up with the rat race, Murray quits his job and retreats to his cluttered Manhattan apartment, where he carries on a nonconformist, laissez-faire existence with his 12-year-old nephew Nick (Barry Gordon). Though they're as close as father and son, Robards has never gotten around to legally adopting Nick, which brings him to the attention of social workers Sandra (Barbara Harris) and Albert… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 69%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Terrif dialog to match Robards' scenery-chewing create a sock impact."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"This warm and wonderful comedy-drama is a paean to non-conformity."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"This serio comedy about nonconformity is well acted by Jason Robards and the others, but it's still a play"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"I liked the way it started, but by the end I was quite annoyed by it."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"The humor is still surprising, and Mr. Robards is still full of spice with his clownish wise-cracks and the map of Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey stamped all over his face."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"... there's something disingenuous about presenting defiant purposelessness and unemployment as an act of courage."
‑ Sean Axmaker, MSN.com
"Oscar caliber performances; based on hit Broadway play"
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"Timeless is an adjective that's tossed around too frequently, but A Thousand Clowns more than qualifies."
‑ Bob Aulert, culturevulture.net
"The mechanics of the Herb Gardner script show through much too clearly for this to qualify as anything other than shrewdly programmed entertainment."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Robard's performance is loud, playing-to-the-audience brash, and his version of nonconformist behavior is obnoxiously unfunny."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Snobbery
"Patchy nonconformist comedy."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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