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Clerks (1994)

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A day in the lives of two convenience clerks named Dante and Randal as they annoy customers, discuss movies, and play hockey on the store roof.

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Kevin Smith

Writer:

Kevin Smith
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian O'Halloran ... Dante Hicks
Jeff Anderson ... Randal Graves
Marilyn Ghigliotti ... Veronica
Lisa Spoonauer ... Caitlin Bree
Jason Mewes ... Jay
Kevin Smith ... Silent Bob
Scott Mosier ... Willam the Idiot Manchild / Angry Hockey-Playing Customer / Angry Mourner
Scott Schiaffo ... Chewlies Rep
Al Berkowitz Al Berkowitz ... Old Man
Walter Flanagan ... Woolen Cap Smoker / Egg Man / Offended Customer / Cat-Admiring Bitter Customer (as Walt Flanagan)
Ed Hapstak Ed Hapstak ... Sanford / Angry Mourner
Lee Bendick Lee Bendick ... #812 Wynarski
David Klein David Klein ... Hunting Cap Smoking Boy / Low I.Q. Video Customer / Hubcap Searching Customer / Angry Mourner / Angry Crowd at Door
Pattijean Csik Pattijean Csik ... Coroner
Ken Clark Ken Clark ... Administer of Fine / Orderly
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Storyline

Dante Hicks is not having a good day. He works as a clerk in a small convenience store and is told to come into work on his day off. Dante thinks life is a series of down endings and this day is proving to no different. He reads in the newspaper that his ex-girlfriend Caitlin is getting married. His present girlfriend reveals to have somewhat more experience with sex that he ever imagined. His principal concerns are the hockey game he has that afternoon and the wake for a friend who died. His buddy Randal Graves works as a clerk in the video store next and he hates his job just about as much as Dante hates his. Written by garykmcd

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A very funny look at the over-the-counter culture. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R on appeal for extensive use of extremely explicit sex-related dialogue | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 November 1994 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

cLeRKs See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Budget:

$27,575 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,665, 12 August 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,151,130
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV) | (extended)

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Mono (original Sundance cut)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Willem Black was supposed to be a collegiate type, but the original actor for the role, Dan Hapstak, changed his mind and opted out of the role. Scott Mosier was then cast as the role, but since he didn't look collegiate, they reworked the character into an idiot man child. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the movie by the quick stop counter we see 3 different sets of TV guide covers. One with Heather Locklear one with Tim Allen from home improvement and one with Ted Danson. The movie is suppose to take place in one day and yet we see these TV guides and spread out out of sequence. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dante Hicks: [phone rings and Dante falls out of a closet] Hello. What? No, I don't work today. I'm playing hockey at two.
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Crazy Credits

In the Australian Video Version after the Credits a Dolby Sign is shown and then the Tape goes blank. If you wait, after about 20 seconds into the Blank, there is the Trailer for "Clerks." ending with the statement "OPEN FOR BUSINESS THIS OCTOBER". See more »

Alternate Versions

The new Clerks X 10th Anniversary DVD contains the original first cut which is just over 10 minutes longer than the original. Here are some changes:
  • There are many extra shots here and there in the film.
  • There is a longer introduction to Jay and Silent Bob with Jay listing off all the drugs he's got.
  • The Chewlie's Gum representative's speech is much longer and without cuts.
  • Randal is seen shutting off the video monitor in the back.
  • When Dante and Randal run from the funeral, there is a much longer shot of mourners trying to run after them.
  • The fight scene is extended.
  • There is an alternate ending in which one of the clerks is shot dead.
  • The credits are slightly different and have no music over them.
  • Director Kevin Smith has a non-Silent Bob cameo after the end credits.
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Connections

References Near Dark (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Shooting Star
Written by Paul Rodgers
Performed by Golden Smog
Courtesy of Crackpot Records
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A witty, hilariously profane cult picture
15 October 2006 | by MaxBorg89See all my reviews

Clerks is one of those movies everyone knows everything about even before they've seen it. The most fascinating aspect is probably the back-story: Kevin Smith sold his comic-book collection to finance it, shot it in the convenience store where he was working at the time, and cast his school friends in the various roles (two of them wound up playing three or four characters each). The film became a huge hit at Sundance, and is now widely (and justly) considered one of the best independent movies of all time.

The plot is quite easy to sum up: nothing happens. It's just a "regular" day in the lives of a few people working in or outside a Quick Stop convenience store. The fun starts immediately, as Dante Hicks (Brian O'Halloran) is asked to replace a sick colleague. This upsets him a lot, since it's supposed to be his day off ("You know what the worst part is? I'm not even supposed to BE here today!"). So now he has to serve a bunch of rather annoying or excessively weird people, with occasional help from his friend Randal Graves (Jeff Anderson), who "works" in the video store next to Quick Stop. Together, they discuss things like hermaphroditic porn or, Tarantino-style, which Star Wars sequel is better (Jedi or Empire?), and also try to find ways of not working, or at least make the day less boring (as Randal puts it:"This job would be great if it wasn't for the f**king customers"). Between these discussions, they also interact with Dante's present girlfriend Veronica (whose sex life causes heated debates) and ex Caitlin, who's apparently engaged to some Asian design major. And let's not forget Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Smith himself), two drug dealers consistently located outside the store.

Smith uses these characters to reference his favorite movies (the previously mentioned Star Wars, as well as Jaws and Indiana Jones) and talk about any subject in the filthiest way imaginable. Some incredibly outrageous stuff is mentioned ("jizz moppers", necrophilia, "snowballing"), but unlike John Waters, he never shows the events discussed by Dante, Randal et al. Everything occurs, or has occurred, off-screen, so all we get to do is have a good laugh, because no matter how crude it gets (the film is rated R for "Extensive Use Of Extremely Explicit Sex-Related Dialogue"), Smith's writing remains genuinely funny. Randal, in particular, steals every scene with his existential musings ("I'm a firm believer in the philosophy of a ruling class. Especially since I rule.") or very politically incorrect antics (the top? Reading a list of pornographic flicks in front of a mother and her baby).

If you haven't seen it yet, do it, and fast: Clerks fully deserves its cult status. It has priceless dialogue, wisecracking characters and loads of swearing. What else can you ask for?


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