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Mary (as Lana Pellay)
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While taking a holiday in the country with his mother, Dennis hits on a scheme to impress a girl so that she'll go away on a trip with him as his girlfriend. Although he fails to gain any interest from the girl, the police take a great interest in his story. From this point on, Dennis digs a deeper hole for himself at every turn. Written by Simon Rowell <srowell@tiac.net>

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Dennis makes me wanna kill myself, but I'm scared I'll burn in hell if I do ~Harvey

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5 February 1988 (USA)  »

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Debut theatrical feature film directed by Peter Richardson. See more »

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When Harvey, Dennis and Lesley are in the hotel room playing the "truth" game, it is dark outside. During this scene however, Troy leaves his bed & breakfast and walks the sea wall to await the arrival of the drugs boat, and it is daylight. Later, Harvey gets upset and retreats outside to the balcony, where it is again night, but after this a shot of Troy waiting on the sea wall is shown, and it is now sunset. See more »

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[Dennis, Harvey and Lesley are pulled over]
Lesley Reynolds: Driving licence?
Dennis Carter: Haven't got one.
Harvey Duncan: What?
Dennis Carter: I don't have one.
Lesley Reynolds: Shit!
Dennis Carter: Pants!
Harvey Duncan: Shut up, Dennis!
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Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick
Written by Ian Dury and Chaz Jankel
Performed by Ian Dury & The Blockheads
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One of the best high-end comedies ever
21 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

A lot of 'alternative' comedy in Britain in the 1980s was insular, misguided, overly-political, and unfunny, and the worst of the Comic Strip Presents... stuff fell into this category.

But this is at the other end - a remarkable film that works on different intellectual levels.

Is Dennis a criminal mastermind or is he lying?

Is he telling the truth, bluffing, double-bluffing, counter-doubly-bubbly-bluffingwhatever?

I've probably watched Supergrass 20 or 30 times, and I still can't decide 100%. That's the wonderful thing.

As well as Ade Edmonson, there are big roles for other early Comic Strip mainstays - French & Saunders, Pete Richardson, Alexei Sayle, Keith Allen, Nigel Planer and Robbie Coltrane, though curiously enough not Rik Mayall.

All of the Comic Strip cast - however much I disliked the hidden agenda of some of their members - are convincing actors, and turn in superb performances in this big-screen outing, while the Richardson-Richens writing team's work is so often pure genius, with nice little touches of detail throughout.

Ultimately this is a study of crime, criminology and human nature, in all it's wondrous complexity. And very funny with it. You will not be disappointed.


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