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
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Peter Cook and Dudley Moore's Derek and Clive characters - supposedly two lavatory attendants - first surfaced on a series of bootleg tapes in which the duo discuss taboo subjects with much foul language, in-jokes and unscripted bickering. The tapes acquired such a large cult following that three Derek and Clive albums were issued in the UK - Derek and Clive Live (1976), Derek and Clive Come Again (1977) and Ad Nauseam (1978), whose recording sessions form the bulk of this film. See more
Damien was in terrible trouble cos, er, cos, er, people from the ecology, you know, the environmental people come round and er, he was just off to the laundrette to take his Y-fronts down there.
Oh, yeah, I know. He does that every Wednesday, doesn't he?
No, not every Wednesday. Every two years.
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