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Mindhorn (2016)

TV-MA | | Comedy | 5 May 2017 (UK)
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A has-been actor best known for playing the title character in the 1980s detective series "Mindhorn" must work with the police when a serial killer says that he will only speak with Detective Mindhorn, whom he believes to be a real person.

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Sean Foley

Writers:

Julian Barratt (screenplay), Simon Farnaby (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Julian Barratt ... Richard Thorncroft
Simon Farnaby ... Clive Parnevik
Essie Davis ... Patricia Deville
Steve Coogan ... Peter Easterman
Richard McCabe ... Jeffrey Moncrieff
Andrea Riseborough ... DS Elena Baines
Russell Tovey ... Paul Melly
Robin Morrissey ... PC Green
David Schofield ... Chief Inspector Derek Newsome
Alannah Olivia ... Casting Receptionist
Christopher Jenner Cole ... Richard Crowthorne
Sean Foley Sean Foley ... Kenneth Branagh's Producer
Jessye Romeo ... Agent's Secretary
Harriet Walter ... Richard's Agent
Simon Callow ... Simon Callow

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Richard Thorncroft is a has-been British television actor who used to be famous in the late 1980s for playing the charismatic title character in the Isle of Man detective show Mindhorn, a character with a robotic eye that can literally "see the truth". Unfortunately, after becoming a little too pompous and arrogant, Richard ends up insulting the Isle of Man and his fellow cast members on the Wogan chat-show, including his on-screen and real-life love interest Patricia Deville (Essie Davies), his stuntman (Simon Farnaby), and bit-part co-star Peter Easterman (Steve Coogan). He decides to leave to try and make it big in Hollywood, but twenty-five years later he's balding in a flat in North London and has recently been replaced for an orthopaedic sock advertisement by John Nettles, much to his chagrin. He is even more jealous that Easterman now fronts a long-running spin-off show which has far eclipsed the success of Mindhorn. Richard has an unexpected opportunity to reignite his career ... Written by Edward Hunter

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Tough on crime, easy on the eye. See more »

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Comedy

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Did You Know?

Trivia

David Schofield (Chief Inspector Derek Newsome) made two guest appearances on Bergerac (1981), one of the television shows that this movie lampoons. See more »

Goofs

Although introduced as Chief Inspector Newsome, he is wearing the rank insignia of a Chief Constable. See more »

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Richard Thorncroft: The Benedict Cumberbatch Backlash has begun.
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Crazy Credits

A song by "Richard Thorncroft" plays over the closing credits. After the credits, the music video for the same song plays. See more »

Connections

Spoofs Bergerac (1981) See more »

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Sort of a British Zucker Brothers-Type Thing
18 October 2017 | by jc74868See all my reviews

Major Bullet Points:

*It's British. So there's that

*You don't necessarily need to love "British" comedy(but it may help)

*I wondered if I could stay with it after the first few minutes. Just wasn't sure what I was getting in to

*There are a couple of characters that are just a little too silly and over the top

*Easy watch. Clocks in at a little over an hour (which probably prevents some things to not grow tiresome. But, a little more time could have assisted with some character/story development)

*It almost seems like it was a possible pilot episode

The plot/storyline has already been discussed. So, I'll just give my opinion of why should (or maybe should not watch)

It is a very endearing movie that will have you laughing out loud (if you're in to Police Squad!/Naked Gun-type humor)

For what it is, just about everything in this movie works. The acting is top notch. The jokes are just as outrageous as they are funny.

The friends and I that enjoyed this movie love the type of humor you will find in Flight of the Conchords, The Office, Heat Vision and Jack, The Simpsons (first decade), Seinfeld, Arrested Development, The Last Man on Earth, MST3K, Top Secret & Police Squad!

If that type of silly humor isn't your thing, you might want to swipe left!


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Release Date:

5 May 2017 (UK) See more »

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$815,829
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