Watch: Mindhorn 2016 123movies, Full Movie Online – Richard Thorncroft is a has-been British television actor who used to be famous in the late 1980s for playing the charismatic title character in the Isle of Man detective show Mindhorn, a character with a robotic eye that can literally “see the truth”. Unfortunately, after becoming a little too pompous and arrogant, Richard ends up insulting the Isle of Man and his fellow cast members on the Wogan chat-show, including his on-screen and real-life love interest Patricia Deville (Essie Davies), his stuntman (Simon Farnaby), and bit-part co-star Peter Easterman (Steve Coogan). He decides to leave to try and make it big in Hollywood, but twenty-five years later he’s balding in a flat in North London and has recently been replaced for an orthopaedic sock advertisement by John Nettles, much to his chagrin. He is even more jealous that Easterman now fronts a long-running spin-off show which has far eclipsed the success of Mindhorn. Richard has an unexpected opportunity to reignite his career though when a delusional criminal calling himself “The Kestrel” (Russell Tovey) starts terrorizing the Isle of Man and, having an extremely unhealthy obsession with the show, demands to talk only to Mindhorn. Relishing a chance for publicity, Richard dons his turtleneck and robot eye, aggravates the police with his method acting, tries to rekindle his old romance with Patricia, and also attempts to sign a Mindhorn DVD deal with Eastman. With his 1980s political incorrectness, solo musical single, useless cyborg eyepatch, and cheesy one-liners, Mindhorn is here to bring an apocalypse of justice. It’s truth time..
Plot: A washed up actor best known for playing the title character in the 1980s detective show “Mindhorn” must work with the police when a serial killer says that he will only speak with Detective Mindhorn, whom he believes to be real.
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Good light-hearted fun – if you were there in the 70s
Well I enjoyed this movie from start to finish. It probably isn’t for everyone, e.g. if you are too old or too young or from another planet. But if you remember British cop dramas from the 70s and 80s – with a bit of Starsky and Hutch thrown in (and if you have a sense of humour) then you should find some real laugh-out-loud moments here. I found it great, light-hearted, rather slapstick fun, and I will enjoy seeing this again some day.
A pastiche of British detective programs from the nineteen-eighties, which succeeds in being relentlessly funny
Sean Foley’s 2016 directorial feature debut Mindhorn is written by and stars Julian Barratt and Simon Farnaby. Anyone familiar with their comic pedigree on British television might therefore know what to expect from the film, a pastiche of British detective programs from the nineteen-eighties and one which succeeds in being relentlessly funny.
Mindhorn stars Barratt as Richard Thorncroft, a gone-to-seed actor once famous as the star of Mindhorn, a series set on the Isle of Man about a detective with a bionic eye that literally allows him to see the truth. Years later, with his career an undignified shred of its former glory, Thorncroft returns to the Isle of Man to help the police capture a deranged criminal who thinks that Mindhorn was a real person, although Thorncroft’s motivation for helping is less to do with wanting to help bring a murderer to justice and more to do with the attendant publicity that he’s hoping will revive his dying career.
The story lampoons a certain type of television detective program, the most obvious of which is Bergerac (John Nettles gets name-checked a couple of times), as well as taking pot-shots at the fickle nature of fame and the acting profession in general. What is surprising however, is that the two writers – whilst keeping the jokes running thick and fast – manage to craft a plot that includes some genuine surprises and pokes fun at clichés whilst subverting them. Thus, Russell Tovey’s supposed murderous lunatic Paul Melly is not actually a villain, and Jasmine turns out not to be Thorncroft’s daughter, but actually Peter Eastman’s, resulting in one of the funniest but most cringe-worthy scenes in the film as the unknowing Thorncroft reaches out to her in a way that makes him look monstrously creepy.
And above all else, it is very, very funny. A barrage of one-liners, slapstick and visual jokes comes thick and fast, all perfectly timed and delivered by a superb cast that – in addition to Barratt and Farnaby – includes the aforementioned Tovey, plus David Schofield, Steve Coogan and Andrea Riseborough. Kenneth Branagh and Simon Callow both appear as themselves, the formerly gamely allowing himself to be sent up, whilst Richard McCabe gives a show-stealing performance as Jeffrey Moncrieff, Thorncroft’s alcoholic, caravan-dwelling former manager. Farnaby is amusingly smug and odious as Thorncroft’s former stuntman Clive Parnevik. Barratt is brilliant as Thorncroft, who thanks to the script somehow remains likeable and sympathetic despite being a conceited buffoon prone to self-pity, selfishness, and astonishing levels of pomposity.
The real surprise is perhaps Foley. A former actor and comedian turned theatre director, he handles the film’s mix of comedy and over-the-top action quite skilfully, and does an especially notable job of recreating eighties-style television footage (the brilliantly authentic Mindhorn title sequence is superb and the spoof music video “You Can’t Handcuff the Wind” – made to accompany the film – is brilliantly convincing). His work here hardly makes him an auteur, but it is slick, polished and very competent. Overall, Mindhorn is the sort of relatively low-budget, low-key comedy film that British cinema does really well – hopefully it won’t be Foley, Barratt and Farnaby’s last.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 29 min (89 min)
Genre Comedy, Thriller
Director Sean Foley
Writer Julian Barratt, Simon Farnaby
Actors Julian Barratt, Simon Farnaby, Essie Davis
Country United Kingdom
Awards 1 win & 2 nominations
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Sound Mix N/A
Aspect Ratio 1.33 : 1 (one scene), 2.35 : 1
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