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Punching the Clown (2009)

91 min | Comedy

Winner of the Audience Award at the Slamdance Film Festival, this realistic comedy tells the story of Henry Phillips, a hapless modern day troubadour who grinds his way through the heartland, living out of his car and singing his twisted ...See moreWinner of the Audience Award at the Slamdance Film Festival, this realistic comedy tells the story of Henry Phillips, a hapless modern day troubadour who grinds his way through the heartland, living out of his car and singing his twisted satirical songs to anyone who will listen. After a booking mishap involving a Christian fund raiser, he decides he's hit rock bottom. Seeking to shake things up, he moves to L.A. where his luck changes overnight. Thanks less to his inept manager than to a wild case of mistaken identity, he falls backwards into a string of packed gigs, a record deal and even the promise of love. But he who lives by the whimsy of show business dies by it, and reality hits him like a fist in the face: an innocent miscommunication over a bagel brands him a neo-Nazi in the world of tabloid journalism. Luckily, somewhere between rock bottom and nowhere lies the perfect terrain for his dark and hilarious songs. See less
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Henry Phillips (original music by)
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$ 140,000
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Oct 22, 2010 (United States)
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Henry Phillips
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Ellen Ratner
Ellen Pinsky Ellen Pinsky   See fewer
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Wade Kelley
Captain Chaotic Captain Chaotic   See fewer
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Matthew Walker
Matt Phillips (as Matt Walker) Matt Phillips (as Matt Walker)   See fewer
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Guilford Adams
Fabian Mann Fabian Mann   See fewer
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Evan Arnold
Don Chase Don Chase   See fewer
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Mark Cohen
Stupid Joe Stupid Joe   See fewer
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Derek Waters
Dave the Intern Dave the Intern   See fewer
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Michelle Anne Johnson
Jane Crown Jones Jane Crown Jones   See fewer
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Conrad Angel Corral
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Olympia Olympia   See fewer
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Johnny Johnny   See fewer
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Paige (as C.B. Spencer) Paige (as C.B. Spencer)   See fewer
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Simone Carter
Young Fan Young Fan   See fewer
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Travis Travis   See fewer
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Bartender Bartender   See fewer
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Jennie Jennie   See fewer
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Warren Herr
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Mike MacRae
Heckling Driver (as Mike Macrae) Heckling Driver (as Mike Macrae)   See fewer
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Skinhead Skinhead   See fewer
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Joe Kelley Jr.
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Matthew Morgan
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7.2 / 10 | 750 votes