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The Supergrass (1985)

While taking a holiday in the country with his mother, Dennis hits on a scheme to impress a girl so that she'll go away on a trip with him as his girlfriend. Although he fails to gain any ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Adrian Edmondson ... Dennis Carter
Jennifer Saunders ... Lesley Reynolds
Peter Richardson Peter Richardson ... Harvey Duncan
Robbie Coltrane ... Det. Sgt. Troy
Nigel Planer ... Gunter
Keith Allen ... Wong
Dawn French ... Andrea
Daniel Peacock Daniel Peacock ... Jim Jarvis
Ronald Allen ... Commander Robertson
Alexei Sayle ... Motorbike Cop
Michael Elphick ... Constable Collins
Patrick Durkin ... Constable Franks
Marika Rivera Marika Rivera ... Bed and Breakfast Landlady (as Marika Riviera)
Rita Treisman Rita Treisman ... Mrs. Carter
Al Pillay Al Pillay ... Mary (as Lana Pellay)


While taking a holiday in the country with his mother, Dennis hits on a scheme to impress a girl so that she'll go away on a trip with him as his girlfriend. Although he fails to gain any interest from the girl, the police take a great interest in his story. From this point on, Dennis digs a deeper hole for himself at every turn. Written by Simon Rowell <srowell@tiac.net>

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Dennis makes me wanna kill myself, but I'm scared I'll burn in hell if I do ~Harvey


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Release Date:

5 February 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Comic Strip Presents The Supergrass See more »

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The Cottage Hotel stood in for The Royal Hotel in Hope Cove, and hosted most of the production team. Only exterior scenes were shot here, however. Permission was given by the owner for filming to take place inside the hotel but when the crew advised they would need to "knock holes through walls" and make other interior changes, the owner refused and filming instead later took place at an unknown property in London for all inside shots of the hotel rooms, dining rooms, reception and corridor. As of early 2017 the hotel remains almost identical to how it was seen in the film, however the owners are presently planning an extensive renovation that will see it changed almost completely. The blue canopy over the main entrance was added by the production for the film, as was the neon "Royal Hotel" sign adjacent, which was attached to a white board covering the original (and still existing) Cottage Hotel sign. Since filming, several of the ocean-front rooms have been turned into "deluxe balcony" rooms, alongside the balcony rooms already visible in the movie. See more »


During the police raid on the beach house, the sea wall is visible in the distance through the kitchen window and Troy obviously isn't sitting on it, even though he is shown to be in close-ups. See more »


[Dennis, Harvey and Lesley are pulled over]
Lesley Reynolds: Driving licence?
Dennis Carter: Haven't got one.
Harvey Duncan: What?
Dennis Carter: I don't have one.
Lesley Reynolds: Shit!
Dennis Carter: Pants!
Harvey Duncan: Shut up, Dennis!
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Alternate Versions

The '90s-era UK VHS releases and following DVD release are also cut, although not as extensively as the US version. While previously released uncut on VHS in the '80s, for an unknown reason all versions released after the US tape have been altered, again shortening the running time by approximately ten minutes. Several of the minor cuts in the US release are actually intact in the UK '90s VHS/DVD release, including Constable Collins' reply of, "Oh, a prawn" to Commander Robertson; Dennis trying to tune into Radio Basingstoke in the car and Lesley looking reflectively out of the window; Troy walking onto the beach and sitting down before having a drink; Dennis listening to Harvey and Troy talking whilst in the shower; Lesley watching Dennis through binoculars; and Harvey placing the ice pack on Dennis' back after Troy king-hits him. The longer scenes of Dennis stopping in a village en route to Hope Cove to buy tapes and the jacket, and the scene of Harvey calling Commander Robertson from the phone box while Dennis and Lesley look for the "submarine nest", are also intact. The rest of the scenes cut in the US version are also cut here, including the entire pub sequence with re-editing to an earlier scene of Harvey in the phone box at night, and Gunter and Wong approaching, however his line, "No, Troy's already here," has been retained. The scene leading up to Dennis' "chalk" story at the same phone box, after their discussion on the hotel terrace, is also cut slightly earlier than the US version, which shows Harvey snapping a photo of Dennis for a second time after he says, "Or a big lorry." The later UK releases cut there, whereas the US version runs a little longer, showing them proceeding down the hotel steps towards the street, where it then cuts before Harvey, in the uncut version, asks, "So, how do these people get in contact with you, Dennis?" leading onto the chalk scene. For an unknown reason, these later UK releases also cut Harvey's reply of, "It's okay, Dennis, we'll get them. Anyway, it's been rather a nice break," when Dennis apologizes after Troy cuts up the boat. This is present in the US version. See more »


References E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) See more »


Two Tribes
Written by Holly Johnson, Mark O'Toole and Peter Gill
Performed by Frankie Goes to Hollywood
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accomplished effort from comic strip team
28 March 2013 | by tim-lloyd-723-886555See all my reviews

In which the gang take us down to Devon for a spot of the old drug smuggling. Edmonson, Saunders and Richardson take the leads while various other Strippers pop up along the way. No Rik Mayall if that is a major factor.

Richardson and Richens cleverly tell a story which provides a level of interest while letting us concentrate on our favourite comedians. At this point in the game most of us were really looking for our alt comedy faves on the big screen. So, we are served up a series of semi humorous events while the plot gels along the way. Alexei Sayle grabs the limelight as a funny traffic cop but is, ultimately, trumped by Robbie Coltrane's "walking on water" act at the end. Both those roles are largely superfluous to the plot but the roles of Nigel Planer and Keith Allen have a bit more relevance than is immediately obvious keep watching!

Richardson & Saunders begin to appear as actors rather than comedians. Ade Edmonson gives us his "nerdy bloke" routine.

You will laugh: if nothing else at the above mentioned Sayle segment. And most people raise at least a chuckle at the pub disco scene. But it is one of those Brit films which leaves you amused rather than clutching your sides in laughter.

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