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Clerks (1994)

Cast: Brian O'Halloran, Brian O'Halloran, Jeff Anderson, more...
Director: Kevin Smith, Kevin Smith
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Studio: Miramax
Genre: Comedies, Cult, Independent, Camp
Running Time: 92 min.
Languages: English
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When Dante Hicks (Brian O?Halloran) is reluctantly put in charge of the Quick Stop market on his day off, he tries, though half-heartedly, to perform his minimum-wage duties as efficiently as possible. This gets tough amidst the on-going fight with his girlfriend, Veronica (Marilyn Ghigliotti), and his attempt to get back together with his ex-girlfriend, Caitlyn Bree (Lisa Spoonhauer). Meanwhile, his friend and alter ego Randall (Jeff Anderson) is working behind the counter of the adjacent video store?at least when he feels like it. Randall?s unabashed disdain of his place of employment, a long with his self-admitted hatred towards its customers is a sharp contrast to Dante?s feeble attempts at the niceties of customer service. Much of the film consists of Randall and Dante?s criticism of their customers, their lives, and the world in general. Clerks, filmed in black-and-white on a budget of only $27,000, began the career of writer director Kevin Smith, who would go on to make Mallrats (1995), Chasing Amy (1997), Dogma (1999), and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001). ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

Kevin Smith's Clerks is going to be on anyone's shortlist of landmark American independent films of the last 25 years or so. And now, as you might have heard, the boys are back. Not just Jay and Silent Bob, but the clerks themselves, Dante and Randal. Sean Axmaker talks with Brian O'Halloran and Jeff Anderson about their return in Clerks II.Full article >>

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GreenCine Member Reviews

great for the money... by psychodrama311 June 17, 2003 - 1:25 PM PDT
for the amount of money this movie was made's a very good flick. good dialogue. great indie feel. indifferent acting hurts..but the understanding of how this movie was made is a great way to try and find your way to make a movie.

"My Girlfriend sucked 37 d***!" "...In a row?" by BrodiesGirl June 9, 2003 - 11:51 PM PDT
8 out of 8 members found this review helpful
Crude, crass, witty and hilarious. Kevin Smith is an interesting matter to take in hand. Some hate him, others (like myself) love him. No, he can't really create a pretty picture out of his movies. He is the first to admit that directing is not his forte. However, his fans don't love him for his stunning cinematography. They love him for his interesting, profanity-laden dialogue. Well, really, they are pop-culture infused monologues that border on soliloquys.
Clerks was the first of the now "Jersey Five" 'series' of movies Smith made based off of somewhat linked 20-something characters in suburban New Jersey. Clerks is a witty and entertaining movie about the boring yet necessary job of being a store clerk. Anyone who has worked in a video store, a convenience store, or retail in general can understand the inane questions from customers and the sheer dullness of sitting behind a register.

[could be considered spoilers, so look out]

The movie focuses mainly on Dante and Randal, the clerks of a convenience store and video store, respectively. They spend more time chatting about the intricacies of Star Wars and lamenting over girlfriends than actually attending to their jobs. Two drug-selling slackers, Jay and Silent Bob, loiter outside the stores causing trouble, and other misadventures ensue, such as dead guys in the bathroom, dead girls in the YMCA pool and a hockey game on the roof.
Not brilliant cinema, but dialogue fit for any uber-geeky pop-culture elitist with a potty mouth.
K. That was my first review. Hope it was decent.

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