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29 March 1990 (West Germany) See more »
The Career Where Two Heads Are Better Than One
Dennis Dimbleby Bagley is a brilliant young advertising executive who can't come up with a slogan to sell a revolutionary new pimple cream... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Richard E. Grant ... Denis Dimbleby Bagley

Rachel Ward ... Julia Bagley

Richard Wilson ... John Bristol
Jacqueline Tong ... Penny Wheelstock

John Shrapnel ... Psychiatrist
Susan Wooldridge ... Monica
Hugh Armstrong ... Harry Wax
Mick Ford ... Richard
Jacqueline Pearce ... Maud

Christopher Simon ... Waiter
Gino Melvazzi ... Waiter
Victor Lucas ... Tweedy Man
Dawn Keeler ... Tweedy Woman
Kerryann White ... Girl in Elevator
Vivienne McKone ... Sullivan Bristol Receptionist
Donald Hoath ... Businessman on Train
John Levitt ... Businessman on Train
Gordon Gostelow ... Priest

Pip Torrens ... Jonathan

Tony Slattery ... Basil

Rachel Fielding ... Jennifer
Pauline Melville ... Mrs. Wallace
Roddy Maude-Roxby ... Dr. Gatty

Francesca Longrigg ... Nurse

Tanveer Ghani ... Hospital Doctor
Joanna Mays ... Phillis Blokey

Sean Bean ... Larry Frisk
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Eric Idle ... Male Love Bird (voice) (uncredited)

Bruce Robinson ... The Boil (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Bruce Robinson 
Writing credits
Bruce Robinson (written by)

Produced by
Ray Cooper .... co-producer
George Harrison .... executive producer
Denis O'Brien .... executive producer
David Wimbury .... producer
Original Music by
David Dundas 
Rick Wentworth 
Cinematography by
Peter Hannan 
Film Editing by
Alan Strachan 
Casting by
Lucy Boulting 
Production Design by
Michael Pickwoad 
Art Direction by
Henry Harris 
Set Decoration by
Robyn Hamilton-Doney 
Costume Design by
Andrea Galer 
Makeup Department
Peter Frampton .... makeup creation
Peter Frampton .... makeup designer
Sue Love .... hair stylist
Production Management
Kathy Sykes .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dominic Allen .... assistant director
Peter Kohn .... assistant director
Melvin Lind .... assistant director
Art Department
Les Andrews .... art stand-by
John Bastin .... construction
Pete Beasley .... construction
Frank Berlin .... construction
Bruce Bigg .... property master
Peter Bigg .... dressing props
Peter Browne .... art stand-by
Alan Chesters .... construction manager
Stan Cook .... dressing props
Charles Cottrell .... construction
Martin Duffy .... construction
Peter Duffy .... construction (as Peter Duffey)
Jim Foran .... construction
Les Henning .... construction
Danny Hunter .... art stand-by
David Ned Kelly .... art stand-by (as Ned Kelly)
Patrick Lynch .... construction
Dennis Maddison .... props buyer
Larry Marchant .... construction
Don McLellan .... construction
Brian Morris .... art stand-by
John Robertson .... art stand-by
Ray Rose .... dressing props
Brian Webb .... construction
Michael Webb .... construction
Sound Department
Allan Brereton .... sound maintenance
Alan Paley .... sound editor
Trevor Rutherford .... boom operator
Paul Smith .... dialogue editor
Otto Snel .... dubbing mixer
Clive Winter .... sound mixer
David Stephenson .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Sue Higgins .... foam
Ruth Hogg .... special effects runner
Richard Neal .... special effects sculptor
Daniel Parker .... animatronic constructor
Mike Quinn .... puppeteer (as Mike Quinby)
Luke Sawh .... special effects runner
David White .... animatronics
Nik Williams .... animatronic constructor
Camera and Electrical Department
Sophie Baker .... still photographer
Adam Cooper .... camera loader
Alan Grosch .... electrician
Brian Martin .... best boy
Andrew McDade .... electrician
Reg Parsons .... gaffer
Luke Quigley .... grip
Ronnie Rampton .... electrician
Bob Smith .... camera operator
Stefan Stankowski .... focus puller
John Turner .... electrician
Casting Department
Marilyn Milgrom .... casting secretary
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Heather Williams .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Pat Brennan .... assistant editor
Paula Connor .... assistant editor
Peter Holt .... associate editor
Kevin Lane .... assistant editor
Sarah Thomas .... assembly editor
Music Department
Keith Grant .... music engineer
Gerry O'Riordan .... assistant music engineer
Rick Wentworth .... conductor
Rick Wentworth .... orchestrator
Transportation Department
Mike Beaver .... transportation
Roy Clarke .... transportation
Dave Manning .... transportation
Other crew
Bobby Blues .... production accountant (as Bob Blues)
Vicky Burton .... trainee
Gilly Case .... location manager
Stephanie Clark .... production secretary
Valerie Craig .... production coordinator
Gordon Davis .... assistant accountant
Lynn Hoey .... runner
Jacky Holding .... accounts secretary
Sally Jones .... script supervisor
Lorraine Luke .... trainee
Graham Norton III .... trainee (as Graham Norton)
Libby Shearon .... unit publicist
Guy Tannahill .... location assistant
Inger Best .... special thanks
John Buckley .... special thanks
Cathy Bunce .... special thanks
Denis Carrigan .... special thanks
Marigold Charrington .... special thanks
Bob Crowdy .... special thanks
Neil Grimshaw .... special thanks
Rand Holston .... special thanks
Richard Kuttner .... special thanks
Lee Martin .... special thanks
Gerry O'Riordan .... special thanks (as Gerry O'Riorden)
Paul Olliver .... special thanks
Ronnie Pearce .... special thanks
Anthony Price .... special thanks
Mary Selway .... special thanks
Willy Smax .... special thanks
Martin Sponticcia .... special thanks
John Stanborough .... special thanks
Ralph Steadman .... special thanks
Paul Talkington .... special thanks
Ian Weil .... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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90 min
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The classic Aston Martin seen in the Bagleys' garage belonged to writer/director Bruce Robinson. A 1961 DB4 Convertible of which only 70 were made, he owned it for 30 years and it was auctioned off in 2008.See more »
Continuity: During the anniversary party, the strap on Julia's dress changes shoulders for one scene. When the dress is on the opposite shoulder, it looks a different colour as well.See more »
[first lines]
Denis Dimbleby Bagley:Let me try and clarify some of this for you. Best Company Supermarkets are not interested in selling wholesome foods. They are not worried about the nation's health. What is concerning them, is that the nation appears to be getting worried about its health...
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14 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Great film on modern life, 11 October 2002
Author: funkyfry from Oakland CA

Hilarious, bitter satire of adverising, humanity, and personality. Ad exec Dennis Bagley gets so hung up on boils developing a "boilbusters" ad campaign that he grows a malignant boil which takes on its own personality and eventually takes over the show. Grant is perfect in the lead role, the direction and photography are excellent, and the effects cheap but grotesque. There are so many hilarious scenes, I found myself laughing out loud through most of the film even though I saw it by myself! I love the scene where Bagley explains to his wife why the boil only talks to her when she turns away : "He's waiting for you to do it!" A classic, should be sought out by all fans of sadistic humour(especially British, i.e. League of Gentlemen, Monty Python) .

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