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12 February 1995 (UK) See more »
Comedy thriller notable for the remarkably un-manic and restrained performance by Rik Mayall as single parent and part-time minicab driver Toby... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Rik Mayall ... Toby

Lee Evans ... Pete

Serena Scott Thomas ... Clare

Selina Cadell ... Mrs Gaffney
Leonie Sooke ... Annie

Gregor Truter ... Burger Boy

Bill Thomas ... Motel Clerk
Mark Frankel ... Terry Devane
Ian Blower ... Man on phone

Patrick Ryecart ... Green Knight

Directed by
Paul Unwin 
Writing credits
Nick Vivian (written by)

Produced by
Andy Harries .... executive producer
Mark Redhead .... producer
Original Music by
Steve Nieve 
Cinematography by
David Odd 
Film Editing by
Edward Mansell 
Casting by
Carolyn Bartlett 
Production Design by
Joseph Bennett 
Costume Design by
Roy Hill 
Makeup Department
Jane Hatch .... makeup supervisor
Karen Maffey .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
David Hanson .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Elkins .... first assistant director
Craig Vance .... third assistant director
Donna Wiffen .... second assistant director
Art Department
Murray Cook .... graphic designer
Stephen Graham .... assistant designer
David Livesey .... production buyer
Frank Massey .... chargehand asm
Sound Department
David Eve .... boom operator
Jackie Ophir .... dubbing editor (as Jacqui Ophir)
John Rutherford .... dubbing editor
Nick Steer .... sound recordist
John Whitworth .... dubbing mixer
Nick Wilkinson .... stunt arranger
Camera and Electrical Department
Tim Dodd .... focus puller
Dickie Lee .... grip
John Maskall .... camera operator
David Ratcliffe .... lighting gaffer (as David Radcliffe)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rachel Selby .... wardrobe supervisor
Location Management
Ann Harrison-Baxter .... location manager (as Annie Harrison Baxter)
Other crew
Christine Langan .... script editor
Lynne Marriott .... continuity
Lynne Marriott .... production assistant
Janis McMorrine .... production finance
Dominique Molloy .... production coordinator
June West .... booking assistant
Crew believed to be complete

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60 min

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Annie:[In Toby's cab] Daddy.
Annie:It smells funny in here. Like Miss Gaffney, but not as strong.
Annie:Like a princess would smell.
Toby:What, like a Princess Di?
Toby:Yeah well you know what I think? I think a real Princess Di would sit on the back seat and put on her safety belt wouldn't she.
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
It's Rik in a straight role! ... but then it's not really Rik, is it?, 5 February 2005
Author: thefelinemenace from Australia

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Rik Mayall is completely out of character in this 1995 effort, playing a widowed father who drives a taxi to support himself while finishing a law degree. The film is a short drama, relatively tasteful and not at all the sort of tawdry comedy we're accustomed to seeing Rik in; but nonetheless he maintains his role quite well, proving that he can in fact hold his own as the "straight" man.

Taxi-driving Toby, as fate will have it, crosses paths late one night with a mysterious blonde woman named Clair, who is walking alone beside the road. A chivalric offer of a lift subsequently embroils Toby in Clair's disastrous web of emotional and (we learn) criminal problems. It becomes plain that the terse, chain-smoking and disturbed Clair would have no place in Toby's life at the best of times; but tonight Toby faces an additional problem in that he has promised his daughter Annie that he will take her on a surprise expedition for her birthday in the morning.

Clair's crazed ex-boyfriend, Toby's well-meaning but vapid next-door neighbour, and the blithe daughter Annie (who has some alarming ideas about courtship) all add slightly farcical elements to the ensuing events, but not without a little drama - and even some empathy where it's needed.

While "Clair de Lune" is a pleasant enough film in total, it must be said that unless you are a dedicated fan of Rick (or are particularly interested in seeing one of Britain's greatest comedians playing a rare straight role), this film could be safely missed. A pedestrian storyline, a low budget and a tooth-achingly bad synthesised soundtrack all detract from this film, and considering the atypical character that Rik Mayall plays, it all might prove too much for those who are looking for classic Rik puerility.

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