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Derek and Clive Get the Horn (1979)

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 achieved success as a comedy actor and musician in the United States, while Peter Cook remained relatively unknown there. 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 the UK for many years. Eventually, it was release on VHS in PAL format in the early 1990s 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: I tell you one thing I can't stand.
Derek: Tell me.
Clive: About Russia, is the dead bodies in your hotel room.
Derek: Oh, Blimey, yeah.
Clive: Because I booked into, you know, a second class hotel, second class hotel, two stars. And, er, I asked, er, room service, erm, you know, for a light meal because I was going sight seeing the next morning. And I said I'd like some chips and, er, steak, medium rare and,er, banana fritter, you know, and this bloke come up to the room and frankly it wasn't what I ordered. He brought ...
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28 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

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It is hard to see why people say that in this film Dudley and Peter show they dislike each other so much. My impression is that they were both very fond of one and other and at many times this shows my looks of admiration whilst one ad-libs. It is likely during their love & hate relationship that each admirers the others comic prowess. I would not ever consider them as comic genius as this sort of comedy is something that is in all of us. They just have the 'don't care' attitude to let rip. They do say things that you wouldn't usually hear yet the capacity to say it and understand it lies within us all - it's just been suppressed by the crud we endure today as 'comedy' and the political systems in place today curbing freedom of speech.

I enjoy this form of comedy Derek and CLive do and am appreciative of material such as this. Talking boll0cks and being stupid is what we need to see more of and this film delivers it - though anything else would likely be imitation.

I've no doubt that though Cook (due to his own personal feelings and struggles in his life at that time)comes out with the odd put down to Moore, my conclusion is that Moore was Cooks' rock and punching bag. I'm sure Moore knowingly accepted this whole-heartedly and this reinforced the magic chemistry of their friendship between them and appreciation of each's well of talents.

They unleash them here but it would be easy to see that they were capable of being a hell of a lot naughtier ! Sadly, all good things come to an end.

Watch it with a few beers and with your friends and feel alive.


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