A Thousand Clowns
A Thousand Clowns (1965)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1965
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Critic Score: 69% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Terrif dialog to match Robards' scenery-chewing create a sock impact.

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TV Guide

This warm and wonderful comedy-drama is a paean to non-conformity.

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Emanuel Levy

This serio comedy about nonconformity is well acted by Jason Robards and the others, but it's still a play

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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.

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Sean Axmaker

... there's something disingenuous about presenting defiant purposelessness and unemployment as an act of courage.

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Steve Crum

Oscar caliber performances; based on hit Broadway play

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The mechanics of the Herb Gardner script show through much too clearly for this to qualify as anything other than shrewdly programmed entertainment.

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Phil Hall
Film Snobbery

Robard's performance is loud, playing-to-the-audience brash, and his version of nonconformist behavior is obnoxiously unfunny.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Patchy nonconformist comedy.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Randy Tippy
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… More
Byron Brubaker
Here's another obscure favorite movie. It has a precocious young man being raised by an uncle who lives by his own rules. Through much of the movie, the… More
Kevin M. Williams
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John Ballantine
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… More
Tim Sigur
Jason Robards and Barry Gordon are astounding in this film. Funny, but at the same time, an air of sadness throughout the entire film.
Anthony Valletta
All at once touching and funny, a real gem of a film.