Russell Mulcahy (of Highlander fame) films British comedy luminaries Peter Cook and Dudley Moore recording their last comedy album featuring two of their most beloved characters, lavatory attendants Derek and Clive. Booze, drugs, strippers and practical jokes (sometimes bitter and sick on the part of Cook) are provided. Throughout the recording, Moore has to weather the abuse and disdain of his longtime partner in the wake of his success in the American market (with films like 10 (1979) and Foul Play (1978)). The film marked the last appearance of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore together as a team and the end of their partnership which began with Beyond the Fringe in 1959. The men discuss “getting the horn” (i.e. getting “in the mood”) at the most unlikely times, improvise songs filled with obscenities (Cook’s two-note piano opus entitled Dutch Bitch is coarse and hilarious to those who are not easily offended) and work out their aggressions toward one another in the strangest ways… —IMDb
Award-winning director of commercials and rock videos in the 1980s turned polished and proficient helmer of Hollywood genre movies. Mulcahy directed over 300 rock videos by 1983, including 15 starring Elton John and others featuring glitzy sets and costumes and fluid camerawork which highlighted Duran Duran, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, Fleetwood Mac (“Gypsy”) and Rod Stewart (“Young Turks”). He also made many TV commercials, including advertisements for HBO, Doritos, Miller Lite beer, Ford and British Petroleum. Mulcahy made his feature debut with the British-produced “Derek and Clive Get the Horn” (1980), starring Peter Cook and Dudley Moore and followed up with “Razorback” (1984), a galvanizing cult thriller about a killer pig set in the Australian outback.
Mulcahy achieved some measure of commercial success with the Sean Connery/Christopher Lambert fantasy vehicle, “Highlander” (1986), which yielded the disappointing sequel, “Highlander II: The Quickening” (1991). He next… read more