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While taking a holiday in the country with his mother, Dennis hits on a scheme to impress a girl so that she'll go away on a trip with him as his girlfriend. Although he fails to gain any ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adrian Edmondson ... Dennis Carter
Jennifer Saunders ... Lesley Reynolds
Peter Richardson Peter Richardson ... Harvey Duncan
Robbie Coltrane ... Det. Sgt. Troy
Nigel Planer ... Gunter
Keith Allen ... Wong
Dawn French ... Andrea
Daniel Peacock Daniel Peacock ... Jim Jarvis
Ronald Allen ... Commander Robertson
Alexei Sayle ... Motorbike Cop
Michael Elphick ... Constable Collins
Patrick Durkin ... Constable Franks
Marika Rivera Marika Rivera ... Bed and Breakfast Landlady (as Marika Riviera)
Rita Treisman Rita Treisman ... Mrs. Carter
Al Pillay Al Pillay ... Mary (as Lana Pellay)
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Storyline

While taking a holiday in the country with his mother, Dennis hits on a scheme to impress a girl so that she'll go away on a trip with him as his girlfriend. Although he fails to gain any interest from the girl, the police take a great interest in his story. From this point on, Dennis digs a deeper hole for himself at every turn. Written by Simon Rowell <srowell@tiac.net>

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Dennis makes me wanna kill myself, but I'm scared I'll burn in hell if I do ~Harvey

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Comedy | Crime

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 February 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Comic Strip Presents The Supergrass See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The original UK trailer features a deleted shot of Troy on the breakwater, being hit by another wave and shaking his head in apparent annoyance to clear the water, before he glances out to sea. This shot is shown in close-up and taken from overhead. See more »

Goofs

When Harvey, Dennis and Lesley are in the hotel room playing the "truth" game, it is dark outside. During this scene however, Troy leaves his bed & breakfast and walks the sea wall to await the arrival of the drugs boat, and it is daylight. Later, Harvey gets upset and retreats outside to the balcony, where it is again night, but after this a shot of Troy waiting on the sea wall is shown, and it is now sunset. See more »

Quotes

Lesley Reynolds: What about Jim?
Troy: Oh, little Squealer here stuck a knife in his neck, didn't you?
Dennis Carter: Don't be stupid!
[Troy kicks him off the bed]
Troy: Pardon?
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Alternate Versions

The '90s-era UK VHS releases and following DVD release are also cut, although not as extensively as the US version. While previously released uncut on VHS in the '80s, for an unknown reason all versions released after the US tape have been altered, again shortening the running time by approximately ten minutes. Several of the minor cuts in the US release are actually intact in the UK '90s VHS/DVD release, including Constable Collins' reply of, "Oh, a prawn" to Commander Robertson; Dennis trying to tune into Radio Basingstoke in the car and Lesley looking reflectively out of the window; Troy walking onto the beach and sitting down before having a drink; Dennis listening to Harvey and Troy talking whilst in the shower; Lesley watching Dennis through binoculars; and Harvey placing the ice pack on Dennis' back after Troy king-hits him. The longer scenes of Dennis stopping in a village en route to Hope Cove to buy tapes and the jacket, and the scene of Harvey calling Commander Robertson from the phone box while Dennis and Lesley look for the "submarine nest", are also intact. The rest of the scenes cut in the US version are also cut here, including the entire pub sequence with re-editing to an earlier scene of Harvey in the phone box at night, and Gunter and Wong approaching, however his line, "No, Troy's already here," has been retained. The scene leading up to Dennis' "chalk" story at the same phone box, after their discussion on the hotel terrace, is also cut slightly earlier than the US version, which shows Harvey snapping a photo of Dennis for a second time after he says, "Or a big lorry." The later UK releases cut there, whereas the US version runs a little longer, showing them proceeding down the hotel steps towards the street, where it then cuts before Harvey, in the uncut version, asks, "So, how do these people get in contact with you, Dennis?" leading onto the chalk scene. For an unknown reason, these later UK releases also cut Harvey's reply of, "It's okay, Dennis, we'll get them. Anyway, it's been rather a nice break," when Dennis apologizes after Troy cuts up the boat. This is present in the US version. See more »

Connections

Spun-off from The Comic Strip Presents... (1982) See more »

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Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick
Written by Ian Dury and Chaz Jankel
Performed by Ian Dury & The Blockheads
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accomplished effort from comic strip team
28 March 2013 | by tim-lloyd-723-886555See all my reviews

In which the gang take us down to Devon for a spot of the old drug smuggling. Edmonson, Saunders and Richardson take the leads while various other Strippers pop up along the way. No Rik Mayall if that is a major factor.

Richardson and Richens cleverly tell a story which provides a level of interest while letting us concentrate on our favourite comedians. At this point in the game most of us were really looking for our alt comedy faves on the big screen. So, we are served up a series of semi humorous events while the plot gels along the way. Alexei Sayle grabs the limelight as a funny traffic cop but is, ultimately, trumped by Robbie Coltrane's "walking on water" act at the end. Both those roles are largely superfluous to the plot but the roles of Nigel Planer and Keith Allen have a bit more relevance than is immediately obvious keep watching!

Richardson & Saunders begin to appear as actors rather than comedians. Ade Edmonson gives us his "nerdy bloke" routine.

You will laugh: if nothing else at the above mentioned Sayle segment. And most people raise at least a chuckle at the pub disco scene. But it is one of those Brit films which leaves you amused rather than clutching your sides in laughter.


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