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Derek and Clive Get the Horn (1979)

 -  Comedy  -  October 1979 (UK)
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Russell Mulcahy (of "Highlander" fame) films British comedy luminaries Peter Cook and Dudley Moore recording their last comedy album featuring two of their most beloved characters, lavatory... See full summary »

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Russell Mulcahy (of "Highlander" fame) films British comedy luminaries Peter Cook and Dudley Moore recording their last comedy album featuring two of their most beloved characters, lavatory attendants Derek and Clive. Booze, drugs, strippers and practical jokes (sometimes bitter and sick on the part of Cook) are provided. Throughout the recording, Moore has to weather the abuse and disdain of his longtime partner in the wake of his success in the American market (with films like '10' (1979) and Foul Play (1978)). The film marked the last appearance of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore together as a team and the end of their partnership which began with "Beyond the Fringe" in 1959. The men discuss "getting the horn" (i.e. getting "in the mood") at the most unlikely times, improvise songs filled with obscenities (Cook's two-note piano opus entitled "Dutch Bitch" is coarse and hilarious to those who are not easily offended) and work out their aggressions toward one another in the strangest ... Written by thustlebird

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Warning: This film is only suitable for those people rich enough to have paid admission. Do not show it in the presence of others!

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By the time this film was shot and edited, Dudley Moore had earned success as a comedy actor and musician in the United States, while Peter Cook remained relatively less known in the USA. Peter Cook begged Moore "ad nauseum" to record one last comedy album featuring their cult-favorite characters Derek and Clive (to be called "Ad Nauseum"), a farewell to both their characters and their partnership. They were booked in a studio for three days. Moore had become so fed up with Cook's bitterness at his recent popularity that he failed to show up for the third day of recording and shooting. Moore looked down on Peter Cook and director Russell Mulcahy's intentions to market the film as a general release. This was done in any case...and the film was subsequently banned in England for many years and was forbidden from being shown. Ultimately, it was release on VHS in PAL format in the early-'90s and released to DVD later. It has still never been released in the United States, either theatrically or on video. Moore is quoted to have said, "The film would have most certainly earned an X rating for the sole reason of the language Pete and I used in it." See more »

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Clive: During the war, did we notice a lot of whales rallying around saying, "Save England?" I didn't notice any down my part of the world. I didn't see whales coming up with the Union Jack saying, "We'll fight the bosch."
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Extraordinary comic non-anachronism

Derek and Clive is for those who love that feeling you have at 3am when there is only half an inch left from the Tesco's scotch, and 8 fags left from your 100 regal. Basically, this is Pete and Dud on booze and hash, the performers Peter Cook and Dudley Moore reach a career and cultural high point as political correctness and taboo are dismissed by characters you probably would not like to encounter in real life though you can imagine the kind of individuals they are mocking; the kind of individuals who are running and ruining the world today. The essence of the performance is to simply combine the liberating effects of alcohol (which is consumed before and throughout the recording, concealed in coffee mugs) with their own vocal talents, creating an imaginary 'radio play' type world full of filthy perverts and leering homosexuals. The improvised feel of the film accommodates the many anarchic digressions and cutaway scenes, though largely the comedy is generated in improvised skits where the two assume characters (Usually Cook as the intellectually and physically dominant, and Moore as an inferior.) Cook, although in top form seems to be continuing some sort of personal attack on Moore, although this may simply be a key to outlining the chemistry between the two, which eventually moves from the stool in front of the mikes and over to the piano and drum kit, where Moore the piano virtuoso improvises a mock opera.

A little slow to begin with but working up to genius and a strong sense of fraternity between the performance and viewer,' Derek and Clive get the horn' will continue to astonish it's viewers for as long as a film with such normally unacceptable behaviour and dialogue remains as it is, a hidden gem, which when discovered, provides a magic tonic for both the intellect and the frustrations and contrivance of political correctness.


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