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Kevin Smith (written by)
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Release Date:
9 November 1994 (France) See more »
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Tagline:
[Christmas theme] Jingle bells, the bathroom smells, the coffee's cold and stale. We're overworked and underpaid but it keeps us out of jail. See more »
Plot:
A day in the lives of two convenience clerks named Dante and Randal as they annoy customers, discuss movies, and play hockey on the store roof. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
6 wins & 8 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
"Clerks." - Period. See more (621 total) »

Cast

  (Cast overview, first billed only)

Brian O'Halloran ... Dante Hicks

Jeff Anderson ... Randal Graves

Marilyn Ghigliotti ... Veronica
Lisa Spoonauer ... Caitlin Bree

Jason Mewes ... Jay

Kevin Smith ... Silent Bob

Scott Mosier ... Willam the Idiot Manchild / Angry Hockey-Playing Customer / Angry Mourner

Scott Schiaffo ... Chewlies Rep
Al Berkowitz ... Old Man

Walter Flanagan ... Woolen Cap Smoker / Egg Man / Offended Customer / Cat-Admiring Bitter Customer (as Walt Flanagan)
Ed Hapstak ... Sanford / Angry Mourner
Lee Bendick ... #812 Wynarski
David Klein ... Hunting Cap Smoking Boy / Low I.Q. Video Customer / Hubcap Searching Customer / Angry Mourner / Angry Crowd at Door
Pattijean Csik ... Coroner
Ken Clark ... Administer of Fine / Orderly
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Clerks X: Tenth Anniversary Edition" - USA (DVD title)
"cLeRKs" - USA (poster title)
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MPAA:
Rated R on appeal for extensive use of extremely explicit sex-related dialogue (re-rating on appeal)
Runtime:
92 min | Turkey:87 min (TV version) | USA:102 min (extended version)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby | Mono (original Sundance cut)
Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R18+ (original rating) | Australia:MA15+ (re-rating) (2008) | Canada:18A (Canadian Home Video rating) | Canada:14A (Nova Scotia) (video rating) (10th anniversary edition) | Canada:16+ (Quebec) | Chile:18 | Finland:K-12/9 | France:Tous publics | Germany:12 | Hong Kong:III | Hungary:18 | Iceland:L | Ireland:18 | Israel:16 | Italy:VM14 | Mexico:B15 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:15 | Singapore:M18 | South Africa:16 | South Korea:18 (2001) | Spain:18 | Sweden:Btl | UK:18 (original rating) | UK:15 (re-rating) (2005) | USA:R (certificate #33383) (re-rating on appeal) | USA:TV-MA (tv rating)
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Trivia:
Miramax was going through the screenplay to see if they wanted to pick up the film for distribution. The reader got to the scene where Dante, angry over his girlfriend's going over her past sexual practices, yells at an oblivious customer "My girlfriend sucked 37 dicks!" and the customer curiously says "In a row?" He laughed so hard that he had to stop reading the script, and when he stopped he immediately took it over to a VP of production and had him read the scene too. The VP green-lit the film for buying approval by the Weinstein brothers on the spot.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Jay and Silent Bob enter the convenience store, and Jay is talking to Dante about how Veronica is a good girlfriend, when he says "I know she does a lot for you.", his mouth doesn't move to the same phrase.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Dante Hicks:[phone rings and Dante falls out of a closet] Hello. What? No, I don't work today. I'm playing hockey at two.
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Movie Connections:
References Passenger 57 (1992)See more »
Soundtrack:
Can't Even TellSee more »

110 out of 143 people found the following review useful.
"Clerks." - Period., 19 June 2005
Author: dee.reid from United States

In 1994, an ambitious filmmaker named Kevin Smith was left nearly dead-broke by his commitment to his low-budget debut feature, "Clerks." Shot in black & white and filmed in and around a New Jersey convenience store, "Clerks." is genius on celluloid despite little change of scenery, wooden acting (none of the actors are professionals), and a shoe-string budget; it's also pretty damn funny. "Just because they serve you, doesn't me they like you" became an immortal tagline for one of the best independent comedies of all time, which also launched the career of its director. There's nothing PC about this debut feature, and the relentlessly explicit sex-related dialogue got the film its original certificate, the dreaded "NC-17" rating, which was later dropped down to an "R" rating on a successful appeal by the filmmakers; the characters harass their customers, leave the store during the day to tend to personal matters, and hang-out with girlfriends - not the stuff of responsible employees - and definitely NOT something you would see in any Hollywood production today. In an era rife with censorship and political-correctness, "Clerks." would undoubtedly receive the scorn and protests of the fundamental religious Right and Left. The film features Dante (Brian O'Halloran) and Randal (Jeff Anderson), two bored New Jersey convenience store employees who are both called in on a Saturday (Dante is especially upset because it's his day off) and the two break every rule in the book as they meander through the day and encounter all sorts of colorful characters. Throughout the day, Dante complains about about his girlfriend Veronica's (Marilyn Ghigliotti) sex life, Randal shirks his convenience store duties by shooting the breeze with Dante, philosophize about their daily predicaments, play hockey on the roof of the store, and observe unruly and bizarre shoppers. There's little plot but it's pure fun all the way to the ending with plenty of laughs too. But if you're the sensitive type, you should stay as far away from "Clerks." as possible, as the dialogue will certainly make you squirm in your seat. "Clerks." also contains many Smith trademarks including "Star Wars" talk, references to Spielberg movies, comic books and hockey, all qualities of which would do Smith good in his so-called "New Jersey Trilogy." P.S.: Watch out for Smith in his iconic role as Silent Bob with sidekick Jay (Jason Mewes) as they loiter outside the store and hassle customers.

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