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Funland (1987)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime | 16 October 1987 (USA)
When a mob family takes over an amusement park after the owner dies under mysterious circumstances, the recently-fired clown mascot seeks vengeance for the loss of his job.

Director:

Michael A. Simpson

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Michael A. Simpson (screenplay), Bonnie Turner (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Windom ... Angus Perry
David L. Lander ... Bruce Burger
Bruce Mahler ... Mike Spencer
Robert Sacchi ... Mario DiMauro / Bogie
Clark Brandon ... Doug Sutterfield
Jill Carroll ... Denise Wilson
Michael McManus ... T. G. Hurley (as Mike McManus)
Mary Beth McDonough ... Kristin Cumming (as Mary McDonough)
Terry Beaver Terry Beaver ... Carl DiMauro
Lane Davies ... Chad Peller
Richard Reiner Richard Reiner ... Larry DiMauro
Bonnie Turner Bonnie Turner ... Darlene Dorkner
Jan Hooks ... Shelly Willingham
Randal Patrick Randal Patrick ... Chip Cox
Gene Murrell Gene Murrell ... Randy Grossman
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Storyline

Funland is about to open for the new season, and we follow several employees through the rituals of opening the park for the season. Owner Angus Perry refuses to sell the land to a shady development company. A few days later, he's found dead, and the company, headed by Maurio DeMauro, buys up his shares. Concerned only for the profit margin, they start to cut costs and install less family-oriented rides. No one is more upset by this than clown mascot Bruce Burger. Once park accountant Neil Stickney, and one of the founder of the park, he suffered a nervous breakdown, and was kept on by Perry out of pity, he has started to believe he really IS Bruce Burger, and considers himself and Stickney separate people. When a prima donna named Chad Peller is hired to replace him, Burger starts to lose his tenuous grip on reality. He is soon visited by Perry's ghost, who tells him he was murdered. Enraged, Burger plots to take down the park, but decides to first get rid of his replacement... Written by Kyle Palkowski

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Taglines:

Where a clown can get away with murder. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Peligroso carnaval See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed at Six Flags Over Georgia in Atlanta. See more »

Quotes

Chad Peller: I want to play Hamlet, dammit, not a burger.
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Mama Please (Take Me to Funland)
Written by James Oliverio
Performed by The O-Men
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Intended as comedy, neither action nor horror
24 November 2004 | by shampoocellSee all my reviews

I'm sure many people sit down to watch this film expecting horror. Although the chintzy tagline does suggest an even chintzier slasher flick, this movie rises above that genre. It's not a slasher flick at all, which is just fine. If anything, I would definitely classify this film in the Dark Comedy genre. It's almost an amusing and mocking look at insanity. The story is an interesting one, and a very creative one at that. Watch it if you enjoy a good chuckle, but not if you're looking for some cheap gore or contrived "pop-out" scare tactics. Prepare yourself for lots and lots of ethnic stereotyping, but done in such a way that it mocks those who actually believe in such stereotypes. The thing that makes this film a dark comedy is not only its ability to poke fun at bigots by catering to their ridiculous beliefs, but also at the utter random (and often crude) humor. If you enjoy films like Better Off Dead and I Love You to Death, it's almost guaranteed that you'll like this movie.


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