Release dateNovember 1985 WriterPeter Richardson, Pete Richens CastAdrian Edmondson, Jennifer Saunders, Peter Richardson, Robbie Coltrane, Nigel Planer, Keith Allen Similar moviesRelated Peter Richardson movies
The supergrass tribute
The Supergrass is a 1985 British comedy film written and directed by Peter Richardson. The film starred Richardson, Adrian Edmondson, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, Keith Allen, Nigel Planer, Alexei Sayle, Ronald Allen and Robbie Coltrane.
The Supergrass was the first feature-length film by the 1980s alternative comedy group The Comic Strip. The soundtrack to the film featured original music from Keith Tippett, plus music from P.P. Arnold, Grace Jones and Bob Marley, among others.
The comic strip presents the supergrass
After returning from a holiday in the West Country, Dennis Carter (Adrian Edmondson) tries to impress a girl by untruthfully boasting of being a drug smuggler. The girl is unimpressed; however, he is overheard by the police, who persuade him to become a supergrass and inform on his associates. The more Dennis lies, the bigger hole he digs for himself.
Adrian Edmondson as Dennis Carter
Jennifer Saunders as Lesley Reynolds
Peter Richardson as Harvey Duncan
Robbie Coltrane as Det. Sgt. Troy
Nigel Planer as Gunter
Keith Allen as Wong
Dawn French as Andrea
Daniel Peacock as Jim Jarvis
Ronald Allen as Commander Robertson
Alexei Sayle as Motorbike Cop
Michael Elphick as Constable Collins
Marika Rivera as Bed and Breakfast Landlady
Al Pillay as Mary
Kevin Allen as Shop Assistant
The version of the film initially released in the cinema ran to 107m 09s, which was subsequently released on VHS running to 102m 53s due to PAL speed-up. On 13 March 1988 the film was screened by Channel 4 as a prelude to the fourth series of The Comic Strip Presents, but this was a version cut down to 93m 26s - equivalent to 97m 20s in the cinema, so missing some 9m 49s. All subsequent VHS and DVD releases - included the "complete" Comic Strip box-set - use the shorter version.