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

M | | Comedy | 26 January 1969 (USA)
A naive young man, sent down from university, blunders through a series of bizarre adventures in which his participation is always innocent, although others don't think so.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robin Phillips ...
Paul Pennyfeather
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Judge
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Solomon Philbrick
Robert Harris ...
Prendergast
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Sir Humphrey Maltravers
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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
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Arthur Potts
Patience Collier ...
Flossie Fagan
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Otto Silenus
Kenneth Griffith ...
Mr. Church
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A naive young man, sent down from university, blunders through a series of bizarre adventures in which his participation is always innocent, although others don't think so.

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"See that diamond-crusted, double-breasted bird over there?...that's mother. She wants to meet you."

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Comedy

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26 January 1969 (USA)  »

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Robin Phillips receives an "and presenting" credit. See more »

Quotes

Prendergast: [after using his starter's pistol at the school sports to shoot a pupil in the leg] First blood to me!
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Referenced in Brewster McCloud (1970) See more »

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Men of Harlech
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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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