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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 <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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Release Date:

5 February 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Comic Strip Presents The Supergrass  »

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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 2016 the hotel remains 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. See more »


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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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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Dennis Carter: Supergrass...or is he?
5 September 2000 | by (Sunderland, England) – See all my reviews

This film is great! Being a fan of "The Comic Strip Presents..." I just knew I would love this film. And love it I do. I finally got round to buying a copy of this film early this year. However I was annoyed to find that it had been cut! So I'll keep looking at car boot sales for the original version.

Anyway, the film is about Dennis Carter (Adrian Edmondson), who tries to impress his girlfriend (Dawn French) by claiming to be a drug dealer. However, Dennis is overheard bragging one night in the pub and nicked! So Dennis turns supergrass but the trouble is he doesn't know anything and starts to make up lies and dig himself into an even deeper hole! The irony of all this is that there is drug smuggling going on down in Devon.

This film is not as funny as I expected but it is still a really good film with some good laughs and a great soundtrack. It also has the best scene ever in a British film (Robbie Coltrane's walk across the pier set to "Two Tribes" by Frankie Goes To Hollywood.

So if you are a fan of "The Comic Strip Presents...", of any of the cast members, or a fan of British comedy see it A.S.A.P!!!

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