The Supergrass is a 1985 British comedy film written and directed by Peter Richardson. The film stars Richardson, Adrian Edmondson, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, Keith Allen, Nigel Planer, Alexei Sayle, Ronald Allen, and Robbie Coltrane.[2]

The Supergrass
Directed byPeter Richardson
Produced byElaine Taylor
Written byPeter Richardson
Pete Richens
StarringAdrian Edmondson
Jennifer Saunders
Dawn French
Peter Richardson
Keith Allen
Nigel Planer
Alexei Sayle
Ronald Allen
Robbie Coltrane
Distributed byRecorded Releasing
Release date
  • November¬†1985¬†(1985-11)
Running time
107 minutes
93 minutes
later version
CountryUnited Kingdom
Box office$1,818[1]

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.[3]


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 the hole he digs for himself.



The version of the film initially released in the cinema ran to 107m 09s,[4] which was subsequently released on VHS running to 102m 53s due to PAL speed-up.[5] 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.[6][7]


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