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Bruce Robinson (written by)
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Release Date:
29 March 1990 (West Germany) See more »
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Tagline:
The Career Where Two Heads Are Better Than One
Plot:
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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Not exactly satire, not exactly farce See more (32 total) »

Cast

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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)
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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
 
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
 
Thanks
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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Color (Technicolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: Dennis' boil grows on his right side, and when it gets bigger and finally takes over its still on the right side while his "real" head gets smaller and is on the left side. OK so far. But then they keep switching sides left to right, right to left. This happens several times.See more »
Quotes:
[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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Movie Connections:
References Lawrence of Arabia (1962)See more »
Soundtrack:
Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity from the Planets Op. 32See more »

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Not exactly satire, not exactly farce, 23 October 2010
Author: michael-1151 from United Kingdom

If you want nuance, you'll not find it here, subtlety, pah!!! No, it's laid on with a shovel as advertising executive Richard E Grant discovers advertising is more shallow than a paddling pool, and like said pool, if a toddler was unable to contain a lavatorial need, full of....well,you know what! The trouble is, although we see Grant having his breakdown, becoming obsessive and growing a boil which becomes his alter-ego, we do not see his journey, he's dubbed a success by everyone, but we do not see him succeed. We merely witness the repercussions of his desultory realisation that he's been part of the problem, rather than the solution.

The idea of the talking boil is fun, but the scriptwriter/director didn't know whether to make it surreal, knockabout or farce, in the end sticking to what he perceives as satire. I'd have liked the themes to have been developed more - together with the two differing characters within the same body. We each see thousands of commercials on television, commercialisation is everywhere, referees and umpires have ads on their sleeves, I'm expecting the police to have sponsors' names on their trousers when they finally come to get me.

This needed a little more subtlety, more comedy with the beautiful wife, who seemed discomforted by having sex with the brash alter-ego - that could have produced an amusing scene or three.

It's much better that Robert Altman's unsuccessful parody of fashion, Pret-a-Porter, but uses a sledgehammer to lance a boil.

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