HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
 
Newest Reviews
Picture Stories
Another Round
Tape, The
Limbo
Supernova
Man Who Sold His Skin, The
Sweetheart
No Man of God
Gaia
Oliver Sacks: His Own Life
Scenes with Beans
Sweat
Quiet Place Part II, A
Nobody
Prisoners of the Ghostland
Duel to the Death
Mandibles
Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands
Yakuza Princess
Djinn, The
New Order
Triggered
Claw
Original Cast Album: Company
Martyrs Lane
Paper Tigers, The
Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, The
Hall
ParaPod: A Very British Ghost Hunt, The
Collini Case, The
Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard
Snake Girl and the Silver-Haired Witch, The
Superhost
Plan A
When I'm a Moth
Tigers Are Not Afraid
Misha and the Wolves
Yellow Cat
Shorta
Knocking
   
 
Newest Articles
On the Right Track: Best of British Transport Films Vol. 2
The Guns of Nutty Joan: Johnny Guitar on Blu-ray
Intercourse Between Two Worlds: Twin Peaks Fire Walk with Me/The Missing Pieces on Blu-ray
Enjoy the Silents: Early Universal Vol. 1 on Blu-ray
Masterful: The Servant on Blu-ray
70s Sitcom Dads: Bless This House and Father Dear Father on Blu-ray
Going Under: Deep Cover on Blu-ray
Child's Play: Children's Film Foundation Bumper Box Vol. 3 on DVD
Poetry and Motion: Great Noises That Fill the Air on DVD
Too Much to Bear: Prophecy on Blu-ray
Truth Kills: Blow Out on Blu-ray
A Monument to All the Bullshit in the World: 1970s Disaster Movies
Take Care with Peanuts: Interview with Melissa Menta (SVP of Marketing)
Silent is Golden: Futtocks End... and Other Short Stories on Blu-ray
Winner on Losers: West 11 on Blu-ray
Freewheelin' - Bob Dylan: Odds and Ends on Digital
Never Sleep: The Night of the Hunter on Blu-ray
Sherlock vs Ripper: Murder by Decree on Blu-ray
That Ol' Black Magic: Encounter of the Spooky Kind on Blu-ray
She's Evil! She's Brilliant! Basic Instinct on Blu-ray
Hong Kong Dreamin': World of Wong Kar Wai on Blu-ray
Buckle Your Swash: The Devil-Ship Pirates on Blu-ray
Way of the Exploding Fist: One Armed Boxer on Blu-ray
A Lot of Growing Up to Do: Fast Times at Ridgemont High on Blu-ray
Oh My Godard: Masculin Feminin on Blu-ray
   
 
  Derek and Clive Get the Horn This Could Be The End Of A Beautiful Friendship
Year: 1979
Director: Russell Mulcahy
Stars: Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Richard Branson, Nicola Austin, Judy Huxtable
Genre: Comedy, Documentary, TrashBuy from Amazon
Rating:  5 (from 1 vote)
Review: In 1979, the comedy partnership of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore was celebrating its twentieth anniversary, so to mark that occasion Cook persuaded Moore to join him on a final bow: a Derek and Clive album and film. Backed by Virgin Records boss Richard Branson, they went into a studio in London to set about improvising their material in the guise of the characters who had recorded underground bootleg tapes, and had become a cult success. With a few props and some unexpected visitors, they settled down at the microphone and began...

For some, Derek and Clive was the perfect conclusion of Cook and Moore's careers, still pushing back the boundaries of humour here, in their final collaboration, putting the boot in to what would become known as political correctness by being as willfully offensive as they possibly could. On the other hand, if you didn't think it was clever to swear, Get the Horn was a rather more depressing end to a partenrship which had produced some of the brightest comedy of their era. One of the highlights of their act had been the Pete and Dud conversations, and in some ways Derek and Clive were Pete and Dud from Hell.

So as they perched on their chairs and began rambling, you shouldn't necessarily expect to be well and truly entertained, especially if you're aware that Cook was harbouring massive amounts of resentment towards Moore, who had become very popular throughout the world - and specifically America - with his big screen comedies, something his erstwhile partner in laughs had never been able to do with any great assurance. Sure, Cook was respected as a master comic by those in the know, but it was mainly on his home turf where he was a star, and the fact that he apparently didn't believe Moore deserved his success informed the humour here.

Don't forget Cook had practically begged Moore to appear in this, yet you would never know it from the manner in which he victimises him throughout this under the thin sheen of supposedly being funny. It's as if Cook was getting him into surroundings where he could say, hah, not so funny now are you? Not when you're operating on my terms! Needless to say Cook was an alcoholic by this time, and if much of the routines here sound like drunken outbursts there's a good reason for that as they both go as far as they can to shock the audience, as if daring one another in new depths of meanminded depravity. Cook "wins". But the question remained, even if you knew the circumstances, was any of it funny?

Well, a sense of humour is a very personal thing, but for most viewers the raging bitterness exhibited in practically every frame will be offputting in the extreme as Cook in particular went off on hate-filled rants, always with the get out clause that he was only joking, but there was evidently an abyss of loathing he was teetering on the edge of throughout. At best the jokes could be described as inappropriate to a scathing degree, and Moore eventually has trouble keeping up with Cook's pitch black imagination, although he shines at the piano even with this unpromising theme. Too much of it, however, descended into a despairing barrage of effing and blinding, the language which got the film banned in the United Kingdom for many years - it was intended for cinema release. Scenes with Cook spitting crisps at Moore or attacking him with a blow up doll will stick in the memory as the overriding sense of a man filled with hatred and trying to bring down his far more balanced companion with him are what most will take away. Moore regretted ever making it, but one suspects Cook was quite pleased.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 2709 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 

Russell Mulcahy  (1953 - )

Australian director with a flashy visual style. A former music video director - most notably for Duran Duran - Mulcahy made an impact in 1984 with his first real film, the Outback creature feature Razorback. 1986's fantasy thriller Highlander was a big cult hit, and its success led to a foray in Hollywood in the 1990s, which included thrillers Ricochet and The Real McCoy, the superhero yarn The Shadow and the sequel Highlander II: The Quickening. Subsequent work has largely been in TV.

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Darren Jones
Jason Cook
Enoch Sneed
Andrew Pragasam
  Desbris M
  Paul Tuersley
  Chris Garbutt
   

 

Last Updated: