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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 overview, first billed only:
Robin Phillips ...
Paul Pennyfeather
Felix Aylmer ...
Judge
Colin Blakely ...
Solomon Philbrick
Robert Harris ...
Prendergast
Griffith Jones ...
Sir Humphrey Maltravers
Patrick Magee ...
Maniac
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Captain Grimes
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Margot Beste-Chetwynde (as Genevieve Page)
Paul Rogers ...
Chief Warder
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The Prison Governor
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Dr. Augustus Fagan
Rodney Bewes ...
Arthur Potts
Patience Collier ...
Flossie Fagan
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Otto Silenus
Kenneth Griffith ...
Mr. Church
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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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Music by Thomas Augustine Arne
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"Decline and (definitely a) Fall..."
18 March 2006 | by (Portland, Oregon) – See all my reviews

I'd missed this when it was given a U.S. theatrical release and, considering its cast, thought I'd give it a whirl when it was shown today on the FOX Movie Channel. But, as it unreeled, the recollection of its lukewarm-to-poor reviews came vividly to mind. It's a thorough disappointment in lots of ways, beginning with a script that has barely a hint of what was, no doubt, a good example of novelist Evelyn Waugh's acerbic social satire. The production design, typical of most films then, British and American, is colorfully garish. And the waste of the acting talent of a phalanx of the best British character actors is awesomely prodigious, attributable, I'm sure, to the slack direction of one John Krish, whose meager filmography is testament to his utter mediocrity. I should have been forewarned by the psychedelic colors swirling under the main credits (Well, the year of production WAS 1968, after all.) and the soupy music of Ron Goodwin, whose syrupy strains inappropriately underline most of the film's unfolding. Worst of all was the misuse of the elegant Genevieve Page, an actress perfectly capable of playing a lady of privilege and breeding, who seems, in this one, to be an inexperienced amateur attempting a role for which she is almost entirely unsuited. What a pity!


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