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Hunting Venus (1999)

Not Rated | | Comedy | TV Movie 31 March 1999
Former pop-star turned con artist Simon Delancey is kidnapped by two fans of his eighties band the Venus Hunters, and blackmailed to re-form the band for one final show.

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Martin Clunes

Writer:

Nick Vivian
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Clunes ... Simon Delancey
Neil Morrissey ... Charlotte
Jane Horrocks ... Cassandra
Esther Coles Esther Coles ... Jacqui
Danny Webb ... John (as Daniel Webb)
Mark Williams ... Peter
Ben Miller ... Gavin
Marlene Sidaway ... Marge Beake
Roger Watkins Roger Watkins ... D.J. Hoardes
Jean Ainslie Jean Ainslie ... Lovely Old Lady
Ian Gain Ian Gain ... Car Dealer
Dermot Keaney ... Doctor
John Mackle John Mackle ... Production Assistant
Stephen Churchett ... Antiques Dealer
Laura Heath Laura Heath ... Peter's Secretary
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Former pop-star turned con artist Simon Delancey is kidnapped by two fans of his eighties band the Venus Hunters, and blackmailed to re-form the band for one final show.

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 March 1999 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Venus - Huonosti käyttäytyvä bändi See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Jools Holland who also stars as himself wrote the song "Starburst" performed by the Venus Hunters near the end of the movie. See more »

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References This Is Your Life (1955) See more »

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Brilliant.
17 May 1999 | by KinitawowiSee all my reviews

This was a superb piece of work. I was forced to watch this with my mother, and she wasn't able to understand what the film was actually a spoof of. I was; and it was done quite brilliantly.

The show is, of course, stolen by Neil Morrissey's performance as Charlie/Charlotte, but the rest of the Hunters (and the rest of the cast; Jane Horrocks' versatility shines through yet again, with the whole idea of her being a lesbian landlady in a seaside resort b&b verging on the ridiculous) add in some vital and amazingly funny elements.

Whether this was intended to be a comic work is not stated or known, but it succeeds. It is a quality parody of the music scene of the early 1980's. If ITV ever show it again, watch it.


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