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Tommy Fawkes (Oliver Platt) is a struggling stand-up comedian who has tried for years to get out from under the shadow of his father, George Fawkes (Jerry Lewis), himself a famous humorist. Tommy finally scores a showcase spot at a major resort in Las Vegas, but when opening night rolls around, Tommy's act is an unqualified disaster, with the failure made even more painful by his father's presence in the audience. In search of a fresh start, Tommy heads to Blackpool, England, where he was born and raised, to look for a new act. Hoping to buy material from local performers, Tommy auditions a large number of acts, most of whom are utterly hopeless, until he sees a hilarious vaudeville team, the Parker Brothers. Their act seems more than a bit familiar, however, and Tommy soon realizes that they're doing his father's old material. But they have every right to be doing George's schtick -- it seems George stole his act from the Parkers ages ago. What's more, the younger and more eccentric of the Parker Boys, Jack (Lee Evans), is actually Tommy's half brother, the product of a fling with a Blackpool showgirl years ago. Veering between comedy and drama, Funny Bones has more than its share of effective moments on either side of the fence, and features fine supporting performances from Oliver Reed, Leslie Caron and Harold Nicholas. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:March 24, 1995

Cast

Oliver Platt
as Tommy Fawkes
Lee Evans
as Jack Parker
Richard Griffiths
as Jim Minty
Leslie Caron
as Katie Parker
Jerry Lewis
as George Fawkes
Oliver Reed
as Dolly Hopkins
George Carl
as Thomas Parker
Freddie Davies
as Bruno Parker
Ian McNeice
as Stanley Sharkey
Peter Gunn
as Nicky
Gavin Millar
as Steve Campbell
William Hootkins
as Al
Terence Rigby
as Billy Man
Ruta Lee
as Laura Fawkes
Ticky Holgado
as Battiston
Olivier Py
as Barre
Mouss
as Poquelin
Peter McNamara
as Canavan
Francois Domange
as Pirard
Harold Nicholas
as Himself
Jona Jones
as Security Guard
Ruth Kettlewell
as Camilla Powell
Mickey Baker
as Mayor
Andy Rashleigh
as Reporter
Phil Kelly
as Himself
Rusty Goffe
as Bagpipe Playing Dwarf
The Nicholas Brothers
as Harold as Himself
Sadie Corré
as Poodle Lady
Andy Rashleigh
as Reporter
Francois Domange
as Pirard
Ticky Holgado
as Battiston
Phil Kelly
as Himself
Jona Jones
as Security Guard
George Carl
as Thomas Parker
Mickey Baker
as Mayor
Peter McNamara
as Canavan
Peter Gunn
as Nicky
Mouss
as Poquelin
Ian McNeice
as Stanley Sharkey
Terence Rigby
as Billy Man
Olivier Py
as Barre
The Nicholas Brothers
as Harold as Himself
Gavin Millar
as Steve Campbell
Harold Nicholas
as Himself
Ruta Lee
as Laura Fawkes
Rusty Goffe
as Bagpipe Playing Dwarf
Freddie Davies
as Bruno Parker
William Hootkins
as Al
Ruth Kettlewell
as Camilla Powell

Crew

Peter Chelsom
Director
Peter Chelsom
Producer
Simon Fields
Producer
Peter Chelsom
Screenwriter
Peter Flannery
Screenwriter
Eduardo Serra
Cinematographer
Bill Daly
Musical Direction/Supervision
Martin Walsh
Editor
Caroline Hanania
Production Designer
Laurie Borg
Co-producer
Lester Berman
Associate Producer
Nicholas Frye
Executive Producer
Lindy Hemming
Costume Designer
Michael Zimbrich
First Assistant Director
Pat Hay
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