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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

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Taglines:

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

Genres:

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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:

USA See more »

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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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Trivia

The hat Jay is wearing while stealing the donuts during the roofer's story is a San Jose Sharks hat. The Sharks are an NHL team. See more »

Goofs

The official who hands Dante the summons claims that the charge can not be contested in a court of law. The Constitution guarantees that any matter involving at least $20 is eligible to be ruled on by a jury of the defendant's peers. Director Kevin Smith briefly acknowledges this in the commentary. 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

Jay and Silent Bob will return in "Dogma" See more »

Alternate Versions

The German versions with subtitles (both TV and video releases) differ slightly from the normal theatrical release. They consist of the "festival cut" without any post-production noises during the "quick stop opening" scene and much less post-production noises during the entire movie. This festival cut also omits the song "Go Your Own Way", while the "egg shell trauma"-guy smashes the eggs to the pane. See more »

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References Enya: Moonshadows (1991) See more »

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Shooting Star
Written by Paul Rodgers
Performed by Golden Smog
Courtesy of Crackpot Records
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It's all about the dialogue
5 February 2005 | by segacsSee all my reviews

Kevin Smith has delved into action ("Mallrats"), drama ("Chasing Amy") and philosophy ("Dogma") in his Askewniverse, but Clerks, the first film of the series, is still the best.

Shot on a ridiculously low budget, using mostly friends and relatives as the cast and crew (see the line in the credits where "Boom" is credited as "whoever happened to be holding the pole"), "Clerks" is such a great film just because it doesn't try to be more than it is. You get the sense that this movie is in black and white not to be pretentious, but just because it's a prosaic look at prosaic lives.

Kevin Smith's real gift is writing funny, witty dialogue, and that's what carries this film. From Star Wars debates (did the destruction of the second Death Star in "Jedi" cost innocent contractors their lives?) to perfectly serious debates about sex ("Thirty-seven???"), this is the ultimate movie for anyone who's ever been going nowhere and doing nothing. It's a day in the life of the guy working at the corner store, no more, no less. But it's absolutely brilliant.

People either love or hate Kevin Smith movies. Chances are, if you can appreciate the humour of low-brow jokes about pornography as high art, then you'll enjoy "Clerks". His brand of humour isn't for everyone. This is his first film and it's flawed, to be sure. But in my humble opinion, it's still Smith's best.


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