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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Dennis Carter
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Lesley Reynolds
Peter Richardson ...
Harvey Duncan
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Det. Sgt. Troy
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Gunter
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Wong
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Andrea
Daniel Peacock ...
Jim Jarvis
Ronald Allen ...
Commander Robertson
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Motorbike Cop
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Constable Collins
Patrick Durkin ...
Constable Franks
Marika Rivera ...
Bed and Breakfast Landlady (as Marika Riviera)
Rita Treisman ...
Mrs. Carter
Al Pillay ...
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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The Cottage Hotel stood in for The Royal Hotel in Hope Cove, and hosted most of the production team. Only exterior scenes were shot here, however. Permission was given by the owner for filming to take place inside the hotel but when the crew advised they would need to "knock holes through walls" and make other interior changes, the owner refused and filming instead later took place at an unknown property in London for all inside shots of the hotel rooms, dining rooms, reception and corridor. As of early 2017 the hotel remains almost identical to how it was seen in the film, however the owners are presently planning an extensive renovation that will see it changed almost completely. The blue canopy over the main entrance was added by the production for the film, as was the neon "Royal Hotel" sign adjacent, which was attached to a white board covering the original (and still existing) Cottage Hotel sign. Since filming, several of the ocean-front rooms have been turned into "deluxe balcony" rooms, alongside the balcony rooms already visible in the movie. See more »

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During most of the beach scenes, or any scene where the beach is visible in the background, the tide is inconsistently high or low. This is particularly evident in the opening sequence, when Dennis rows up to the beach and then looks for his mother, and the final morning when Troy is preparing to ambush the boat. See more »

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Commander Robertson: Where did you get that sun-tan, Dennis?
Dennis Carter: On holiday.
Commander Robertson: Where?
Dennis Carter: Look, I'm not saying anything 'till I've seen a solicitor.
Commander Robertson: Officer, is there a first-aid box in this station?
Constable Collins: Well, of course, sir.
Commander Robertson: Good. Have this man beaten up.
Dennis Carter: [terrified, as Collins advances with a truncheon] No, no! Look, don't hit me! I'll tell you, I'll tell you! I was in Hope Cove in Devon with me mum!
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Spun-off from The Comic Strip Presents... (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Two Tribes
Written by Holly Johnson, Mark O'Toole and Peter Gill
Performed by Frankie Goes to Hollywood
Published by Perfect Songs Ltd
Courtesy of ZTT Records
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One of my long time favourites
30 December 1999 | by (Auckland, New Zealand) – See all my reviews

I just finished watching this (last weekend) and found it absolutely hillarious, some of the scenes I just couldn't stop laughing at! Dennis is soooo amazingly thick sometimes, and just says the stoopidest things...but at the same time he's just being cool to impress his girlfriend (who gets arrested anyway!) The beach scenery is very tranquil...until along comes Robbie Coltrane...! Not the greatest movie ever made but certainly something to think about renting on a Saturday night when you haven't got much else to do (like I did). You might need to hunt around for it though - I was lucky, as my local video store stocks it.


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