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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

Exclusive: 'Mindhorn' Interview from the 1980s Resurfaces

An interview with Richard Thorncroft, filmed during his time playing TV detective Mindhorn, has been discovered as a movie about the actor is released in the UK.

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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 »

Genres:

Comedy

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Trivia

The "Mindhorn" opening titles pay homage to The Six Million Dollar Man (1974). Both characters are given a bionic implant to help them fight bad guys. See more »

Goofs

When Mindhorn is given the tape by Moncrieff, it's in a clear case. But when Mindhorn is running to the police station, it's not in a case anymore. See more »

Quotes

Richard Thorncroft: Pow! This little firecracker is the real star of Mindhorn.
Patricia Deville: [chuckles] Maybe I could get some more lines next time.
Richard Thorncroft: [Richard laughing] That's a good one.
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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

References Midsomer Murders (1997) See more »

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Good light-hearted fun - if you were there in the 70s

Well I enjoyed this movie from start to finish. It probably isn't for everyone, e.g. if you are too old or too young or from another planet. But if you remember British cop dramas from the 70s and 80s – with a bit of Starsky and Hutch thrown in (and if you have a sense of humour) then you should find some real laugh-out-loud moments here. I found it great, light-hearted, rather slapstick fun, and I will enjoy seeing this again some day.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 2017 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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$815,829
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