Clerks (Region A Blu-ray)
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- 14 Feb 2012
- Region A
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- Chronicling a day in the life of Quick Stop clerk Dante Hicks, CLERKS captures the hilarity of the humdrum even as it raises slackerdom to existential proportions. From behind his counter, Dante desperately tries to exert some power over the crazy customers, his own love life, and his incorrigible friend and fellow clerk Randal--the type who sees nothing wrong in closing the video shop he works in to go rent movies from a better store.
- CLERKS was shown at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival, where the film won the Filmmaker's Trophy. It was reported as having the smallest budget of any film entered in the festival that year. The budget was estimated at a mere $27,000.
The film was also the surprise comedy hit at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival.
The filmmaker, Kevin Smith, worked at the Quick Stop in Leonardo, New Jersey during production. The film was shot there, and at the RST Video next door. Smith was only allowed to shoot at night, when the store was closed--hence the closed shutters, which are explained away in the script.
The budget for the film is reported to have been $27,575 by Smith's ViewAskew Productions. Smith financed the film with credit cards, his Quick Stop earnings, family assistance, and by selling his comic book collection. When the film was a success, he bought back the comics (and bought himself a comics shop). The soundtrack rights cost more than the production costs.
The film was originally rated MPAA NC-17 for language, but the rating was appealed and changed with the help of Alan Dershowitz.
In an alternate ending to the film, Dante is shot in a holdup. This scene is available on the DVD version.
Jeff Anderson (Randal) and Lisa Spoonauer (Caitlin), who met on the set, were subsequently married.
CLERKS: THE ANIMATED SERIES, a cartoon based on the film, ran for only two episodes in 2000.
The CLERKS logo on the film poster is made of letters clipped from various convenience-store products: the "C" is from Cosmopolitan magazine, the "L" from Life cereal, the "E" from Rolling Stone magazine, the "R" from Ruffles potato chips, the "K" from Clark Bar candy, and the "S" from Goobers candy.
"The real tragedy is that I'm not even supposed to be here today!"--Dante (Brian O'Halloran)
- Release Notes
- Region 1
- Collectors Edition
- Cast & Crew
- Movie Critics
- Chicago Sun-Times
- "...Smith shows great invention, a natural feel for human comedy, and a knack for writing weird, sometimes brilliant dialogue..."— Roger Ebert (4 Nov 1994, p.23)
- Entertainment Weekly
- "...Refreshing....Smith's wit, verve, and imagination elevate the schematic..." -- Rating: A-— Glenn Kenny (19 May 1995, pp.68-70)
- New York Times
- "...A buoyant, bleakly funny comedy....The two main actors are fresh and engaging..."— Janet Maslin (25 Mar 1994, p.C10)
- "...The funniest movie this side of a Big Gulp..." - Recommended— Thomas Hudson (1 Jun 1995, p.116)
- Sight and Sound
- "...CLERKS is a circumspect comedy about the mundane and profane....The young cast have a gift with timing....[A] grass-roots catalogue of the weird and wondrous..."— Lizzie Francke (1 May 1995, p.42-3)
- "[A] slacker phenomenon....Still funny."— Chris Roberts (1 Sep 2005, p.146)
- "...The SLACKER generation is alive and well in CLERKS, a randy, irreverent, slice-of-life no-budgeter that's played for laughs and gets them....CLERKS is a grunge movie par excellence..."— Todd McCarthy (31 Jan 1994, )