Clerks

Clerks

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Cast: Brian O'Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Marilyn Ghigliotti

     
 

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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

Overview

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).

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mark Deming
While Clerks doesn't have much going for it cinematically -- it looks even cheaper than its $27,000 budget would lead you to expect and the directorial style can be described as "nail down the camera and let the actors play the scene" -- it's still an effective and very funny movie, largely thanks to the screenplay by first-time writer/director Kevin Smith. Chock full of instantly quotable dialogue performed by an unknown cast with an appropriate tone of Jersey slacker cynicism, Clerks is a hilarious rant against (and from) the lowest rungs of minimum-wage slavery. If convenience store clerk Dante (Brian O'Halloran) and his best friend, video store counter guy Randall (Jeff Anderson), don't do anything terribly interesting (the action high point of the film is a brief hockey game played on a roof), that's part of the point; these guys' lives are going nowhere, and they know it. But rather than do anything about it, they talk about whatever keeps them from dying of boredom, including which Star Wars movie was the best, the sexual escapades of their girlfriends, the virtues of hermaphrodite porn, and the endless parade of stupid customers they have to deal with. Anyone who has ever worked retail will enjoy a long, loud laugh of bitter recognition while watching Clerks, while anyone else should thank their lucky stars if they don't understand the sheer hell of spending eight hours behind the counter that this film captures with such accuracy.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/15/2011
UPC:
0031398137290
Original Release:
1994
Rating:
R
Source:
Miramax Lionsgate
Region Code:
ABC
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:32:00
Sales rank:
20,945

Special Features

Introduction by Kevin Smith; Oh, what a lovely tea party: the making of Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back; Classic commentary circa '95; Enhanced playback track; The first cut version; Clerks: the last scene - animated short; "The Flying Car"; MTV Spots with Jay & Silent Bob; Theatrical trailer; Soul Asylum "Can't Even Tell" music video; Original Clerks auditions; "Snowball Effect: The Story of Clerks"; "Mae Day: The Crumbling of a Documentary" with intro by Kevin Smith and Scott Mosier; Outtakes from "Snowball Effect"; 10th anniversary Q&A

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Brian O'Halloran Dante Hicks
Jeff Anderson Randal
Marilyn Ghigliotti Veronica
Lisa Spoonhauer Caitlin Bree
Jason Mewes Jay
Kevin Smith Silent Bob
Scott Mosier Angry Hockey-Playing Custom,Willam the Idiot Manchild
Walter Flanagan Woolen Cap Smoker/Egg Man/Offended Customer/Cat Admir
David Klein Hunting Cap Smoking Boy/Low I.Q. Video Customer/Hubca
Ken Clark Administer of Fine/Orderly
Virginia Smith Caged Animal Masturbator
Leslie Hope Jay's Lady Friend/Angry Crowd at Door
Grace Smith Milk Maid

Technical Credits
Kevin Smith Director,Editor,Producer,Screenwriter
Leslie Hope Makeup
David Klein Cinematographer
Scott Mosier Editor,Producer,Sound/Sound Designer

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Clerks 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Kryssey More than 1 year ago
This movie started it all for Kevin Smith! Three key points for why this movie is worth watching (the cleaned version - digitally remastered the picture and sound in this version): 1.) THE SCRIPT - The dialog between the characters is what made this closet success a HUGE success! 2.) FUNNY - Off the wall and out of the park SLAP STICK humor! Smith did the unthinkable and made it one of the best comedies ever made! 3.) INTELLECTUAL STIMULATION - This movie is certainly NOT a action movie. But if you like intellectual dialog, this movie is for you! This movie helps relate to your old friends and dead-end jobs; and things you did to entertain yourself to get through a difficult "No-brainer" shift. Though, I never had intellectual conversations to the magnitude in my late teens; early twenties...I can still relate to their dialog. This movie goes from one extreme to another. And I cannot help but to agree with Kevin Smith's portrayal of the classic dumb consumer; people even I looked down on daily at my dead-end jobs. It did help you feel some what superior to the average consumer. A MUST OWN movie. Also, with the special edition, there are some great extra's in the special features that are worth owning. I LOVE THE FLYING CAR conversation. Trust me...it's worth it!
BradZuhl More than 1 year ago
The first and best of Kevin Smith's ouevre. If you want to know what all the hype is about and how this guy has built a moviemaking career, start here! And if you like Kevin Smith check out a cool little indie film from another NJ filmmaker called Spoiler Alert at w w w dot spoileralertdvd dot com
Guest More than 1 year ago
The greatest movie of our time! CleRks incorporates black and white picture and dark humor to introduce you to a convenience store clerk and his histerical life! a must see for all Silent Bob followers!
Guest More than 1 year ago
''How good is this moive?'' one of my friends asked me.... ''Soooo good!!'' I replied.
Guest More than 1 year ago
almost as good as mallrats and WAY better then chasing amy
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is not only an amazing directorial debut, but also a very funny dipiction of the way many people see their own lives and jobs. The phrase ''I'm not even supposed to be here'' sums up how so many people see their work thats it's hardly a joke. My co-workers and I constantly qoute this movie, and are in general agreement that it is one of the best in the Kevin Smith saga.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is the most hilarious movie ever made!the picture script and actors are just perfect!the black and white theme rules!i don't think that anyone who sees this movie wouldn't find it hilarious and entertaining as hell!The soundtrack in this movie is so rad!!This movie deserves 6/5 stars!thats how great it is!buy this dvd!!in fact buy 5 copies!!!even 100!!!or 5,000!!!!!!!TAKE MY ADVICE IT IS A HILARIOUS MOVIE!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is by far one of the best and funniest movies I have ever seen! Clerks is absolutly hilarious and Jay and Silent Bob rule! Who cares if it's in black and white? BERSERKER!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite comdies. My favorite Kevin Smith movie besides maybe Dogma. I love the whole thing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie is so awesome and so are all the other kevin smith movies! he's a genius!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Everyone should work in retail. And if you've worked in retail, you must see "Clerks." Anyone trying to figure out why they're surrounded by morons and what to do with their lives while they realize it's all about who you surround yourself with will appreciate this movie. It's dialogue-heavy and cerebral, and the characters are easy to relate to. Watch it over and over, then see the sequel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kevin Smiths is a great director that doesn't care what people think of his films like in the movie Clerks.I was laughing,shocked, and amazed at this film because the movie is first of all in black and white and that is cool because we don't see that much at all any more.He makes up these characters that seem real and this is a true comedy that you can enjoy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was a regular and insightful movie about two guys and their everyday lives at convient store.
spaceghost72 More than 1 year ago
i love this blu ray. the transfer was astoundingly brilliant! 500x better than the tenth anniversary DVD. by the way, it has all the special features from that DVD, which is good. the special features look okay for standard definition, and Oh, what a lovely tea party! is excellent.
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