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Decline and Fall... of a Birdwatcher (1968)

M  -  Comedy  -  26 January 1969 (USA)
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Decline and Fall is based on Evelyn Waugh's first published novel (in 1928), and tells the story of Paul Pennyfeather... See full synopsis »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robin Phillips ...
Paul Pennyfeather
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Alastair Vane-Trumpington
Norman Scace ...
Dean
John Glyn-Jones ...
Warden
Donald Layne-Smith ...
Bursar
John Cater ...
Blackall
Kenneth Griffith ...
Mr. Church
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Dr. Augustus Fagan
Colin Blakely ...
Solomon Philbrick
Jonathan Collins ...
Clutterbuck
Robert Harris ...
Prendergast
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Capt. Grimes
Michael Newport ...
Lord Tangent
Patience Collier ...
Flossie Fagan
David Macalister ...
Peter Beste-Chetwynde
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Decline and Fall is based on Evelyn Waugh's first published novel (in 1928), and tells the story of Paul Pennyfeather... See full synopsis »

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Last film of Sir Donald Wolfit. See more »

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Rule Britannia
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Music by Thomas Augustine Arne
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Of marginal interest
19 September 2001 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

The episodic nature of Evelyn Waugh's comic novelettes don't translate well to film, and with Decline and Fall the filmmakers were dealing with a property much less biting than The Loved One. The result is a film that starts off well but (like Waugh's original story) runs out of steam a third of the way in. A terrific cast, led by Donald Wolfit, Leo McKern, and especially Colin Blakely as the recidivist butler Philbrick do their best to rescue the material.


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