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Commentary (films not included). Pages: 35. Chapters: An Evening
with Kevin Smith, An Evening with Kevin Smith 2: Evening Harder, A
Better Place, Big Helium Dog, Chasing Amy, Clerks, Clerks II, Dogma
(film), Drawing Flies, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Jersey Girl
(2004 film), Kevin Smith: Too Fat for 40, Mallrats, Small Town Gay
Bar, Sold Out: A Threevening with Kevin Smith, The Flying Car, View
Askew Productions, Vulgar (film), Zack and Miri Make a Porno.
Excerpt: Clerks is a 1994 comedy film written and directed by Kevin
Smith, who also appears in the film as Silent Bob. Starring Brian
O'Halloran as Dante Hicks and Jeff Anderson as Randal Graves, it
presents a day in the lives of two store clerks and their
acquaintances. Clerks was the first of Smith's View Askewniverse
films and the only one to date to be shot entirely in black and
white. It introduces several characters, notably Jay and Silent
Bob, who reappear in his later works, including Mallrats, Chasing
Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and Clerks II. Clerks,
which was shot for $27,575 in the convenience store where director
Kevin Smith worked in real life, grossed over $3 million in
theaters, launching Smith's career. On April 10, 1993, Dante Hicks
(Brian O'Halloran), 22, a retail clerk at a local Quick Stop Market
convenience store in Leonardo, New Jersey, is called into work on
his day off by his boss to cover a few hours for another employee
who is sick. Arriving at the store, he finds that the locks to the
security shutters are jammed closed with chewing gum, so he hangs a
sheet over them with a message written in shoe polish: "I ASSURE
YOU; WE'RE OPEN." Dante's day is spent in the purgatory of serving
a succession of customers while bemoaning the fact that he's "not
even supposed to be here today." Interspersed with the demands of
his job, Dante passes time in wide-ranging conversations with his
friend, Randal Graves (Jeff Anderson). Randal works at the
neighboring video store, although he spends almost the entire day
at the Quick Stop. They converse about many things to pass time,
such as whether the contractors working on the second Death Star
when it was destroyed at the end of Return of the Jedi were
innocent victims or not. Dante's current girlfriend, Veronica
Loughran (Marilyn Ghigliotti), also stops in and the two talk about
Dante's current disposition in a rut with no motivation to change.
Further contributing to Dante's misery is an announceme
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