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Derek and Clive Get the Horn (1979)

Russell Mulcahy (of "Highlander" fame) films British comedy luminaries Peter Cook and Dudley Moore recording their last comedy album featuring two of their most beloved characters, lavatory... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
Dudley Moore ... Derek
Peter Cook ... Clive
Judy Huxtable ... Judy Cook
Nicola Austin Nicola Austin ... Lady Who Came In And Took Her Clothes Off (as Nicola Austine)
Richard Branson ... Man With A Beard
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Russell Mulcahy (of "Highlander" fame) films British comedy luminaries Peter Cook and Dudley Moore recording their last comedy album featuring two of their most beloved characters, lavatory attendants Derek and Clive. Booze, drugs, strippers and practical jokes (sometimes bitter and sick on the part of Cook) are provided. Throughout the recording, Moore has to weather the abuse and disdain of his longtime partner in the wake of his success in the American market (with films like '10' (1979) and Foul Play (1978)). The film marked the last appearance of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore together as a team and the end of their partnership which began with "Beyond the Fringe" in 1959. The men discuss "getting the horn" (i.e. getting "in the mood") at the most unlikely times, improvise songs filled with obscenities (Cook's two-note piano opus entitled "Dutch Bitch" is coarse and hilarious to those who are not easily offended) and work out their aggressions toward one another in the strangest ... Written by thustlebird

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Warning: This film is only suitable for those people rich enough to have paid admission. Do not show it in the presence of others!

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By the time this film was shot and edited, Dudley Moore had achieved success as a comedy actor and musician in the United States, while Peter Cook remained relatively unknown there. Peter Cook begged Moore "ad nauseum" to record one last comedy album featuring their cult-favorite characters Derek and Clive (to be called "Ad Nauseum"), a farewell to both their characters and their partnership. They were booked in a studio for three days. Moore had become so fed up with Cook's bitterness at his recent popularity that he failed to show up for the third day of recording and shooting. Moore looked down on Peter Cook and director Russell Mulcahy's intentions to market the film as a general release. This was done in any case, and the film was subsequently banned in the UK for many years. Eventually, it was release on VHS in PAL format in the early 1990s and released to DVD later. It has still never been released in the United States, either theatrically or on video. Moore is quoted to have said, "The film would have most certainly earned an X rating for the sole reason of the language Pete and I used in it." See more »

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Clive: Damien was in terrible trouble cos, er, cos, er, people from the ecology, you know, the environmental people come round and er, he was just off to the laundrette to take his Y-fronts down there.
Derek: Oh, yeah, I know. He does that every Wednesday, doesn't he?
Clive: No, not every Wednesday. Every two years.
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fascinating chronicle of a relationship in its last throws
7 March 2006 | by axlmouthSee all my reviews

whilst as a comedy this film is very patchy and sometimes excruciatingly vulgar, what makes it watchable is the Moore/Cook relationship. Cook is by far the funnier, more dedicated and original.his quick-witted thought processes are brilliant though i did sometimes wonder if he was simply trying to be as shocking as possible simply for the sake of it. Moore often seems past caring,often simply following cook's lead but perhaps it is the strain of Cook's obvious resentment that knobbles him. certainly he seems to be struggling to keep up with Cook's genius, but then i've always felt Cook was the more talented. the material is often of a sexual nature, sometimes (mock?) misogynistic and swearing is prolific. watching this it's clear to see how comedy today is often very derivative. The horse racing sketch, for example, blows the juvenile "dicks and pussies" speech from team America out of the water. if only every drunk and stoner could be as spontaneously funny.


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