Derek and Clive Get the Horn

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Derek and Clive Get the Horn
Derek and Clive get the Horn DVD cover.jpg
DVD cover
Directed byRussell Mulcahy
Produced byDudley Moore
Written byPeter Cook
Dudley Moore
StarringPeter Cook
Dudley Moore
Richard Branson
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • October 1979 (1979-10) (UK)
Running time
89 minutes[1]
CountryUnited Kingdom

Derek and Clive Get the Horn is a 1979 British documentary comedy film that chronicles the recording of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore's 1978 comedy album Derek and Clive Ad Nauseam, their third and final outing featuring their controversial alter-egos Derek and Clive, two foul-mouthed lavatory attendants who banter at length about their surreal day-to-day existences. The footage was shot in early September 1978.[2] The film was the directorial debut of Russell Mulcahy, who would go on to direct Highlander.



The film was intended for a theatrical release, but in October 1980, the British Board of Film Classification rejected it outright[3] on the grounds of its sustained and excessive use of swearing (the uses of "fuck" and "cunt"), and blasphemy.

Cook instead chose to release the film straight to video, a format that was at the time unregulated, but this plan also ran into trouble when several hundred copies were impounded by "God's copper" James Anderton of the Greater Manchester Police, sending the small company behind the release spiraling into bankruptcy. Derek and Clive Get the Horn was finally granted an uncut 18 certificate in 1993[1] and was released as a sell-through video by PolyGram.


  1. ^ a b "DEREK AND CLIVE GET THE HORN (18)". PolyGram Video. British Board of Film Classification. 13 August 1993. Retrieved 25 September 2013.
  2. ^ "Derek and Clive Get the Horn". The New York Times.
  3. ^ "DEREK AND CLIVE GET THE HORN (REJECT)". British Board of Film Classification. 21 October 1980. Retrieved 25 September 2013.

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