The Supergrass (1985)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime  |  5 February 1988 (USA)
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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 overview, first billed only:
Dennis Carter
Lesley Reynolds
Peter Richardson ...
Harvey Duncan
Det. Sgt. Troy
Daniel Peacock ...
Jim Jarvis
Ronald Allen ...
Commander Robertson
Motorbike Cop
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)


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 <>

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The Comic Strip Presents The Supergrass  »

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


[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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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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The Comic Strip's big movie outing.........
4 July 2002 | by (STOCKPORT, England) – See all my reviews

This really is a great film, I have always been a fan of the early 80's alternative comedy scene, and the comic strip films were the perfect setting for this genre. Like the Young Ones, and French and Saunders, most of these comedians got tegether for the comic strip, most were made for TV movies, but The Supergrass was a full-length feature film, which if I'm not mistaken even went to the cinema? The main character is Dennis ( Ade Edmonson ) who despite being a moron, still living at home with his mother, thinks he's something he's not. Dennis tells lies in order to impress his wannabe' girlfriend, he is overheard in a pub, boasting about a fictional drugs ring, by a policeman( the ever excellent Micheal Elphick ) But, the so called drug deal by the seaside is not just a lie, the police have been trying to crack this for a long time. Dennis becomes a supergrass and gets dragged deeper and deeper into it, The trouble is he doesn't know anything, or does he.....? The Supergrass is one of those films you are still trying to work out, is Dennis just the goon you think he is, or does he know more than he'll tell? Though the Supergrass has its truly funny moments, it is added to by the terrible 80's fashion and music, which obviously was not supposed to be funny first time around. Dennis buys a horrible red leather jacket (identical to Micheal Jackson's thriller one) was this actually cool in the 80's or was it intended to be funny? The Film is made up of great individual performances, Peter Richardson, Keith Allen, Jennifer Saunders, Daniel Peacock, Nigel Planer, all put in exceptional shows of acting, and who can forget Alexi Sayle's most annoying policeman. The only thing missing is Rik Mayall. If you are a fan of British Comedy, and the likes of the young Ones etc, this is a must own film * * * *

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