When it was released in 1994, Clerks was a revolutionary depiction of Generation X, stoner culture, retail, and society as a whole. The massive success of the film launched writer and director Kevin Smith's career, as well as his shared movie universe, dubbed the "View Askewniverse," in numerous movies, comics, and more.
Even decades after it came out, film students and cultural historians continue to study Clerks and how it was made. A lot of work went into making Clerks a reality. In many ways, it's a student film, but it's also a master class in how to make real, enduring art on the cheap.
The Movie Was Born Out Of Smith's Work Experiences
Smith Wrote The Part Of Randal For Himself, But Couldn't Memorize His Own Dialogue
Part Of The Film's Budget Came From Money Smith Saved By Dropping Out Of Film School
The Rest Of The Film's Budget Came From Maxing Out 10 Credit Cards
Smith Was Still Working At The Store When He Shot The Movie
The Lung The Chewlies Gum Salesman Whips Out Is A Haggis