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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
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
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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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Evelyn Waugh's original novel is simply called "Decline And Fall". It was reported at the time, in all seriousness, that the title had been altered for this film in case people thought it was some sort of Roman historical epic. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Augustus Fagan: [on discovering that Paul has been sent down from university for "indecent behaviour"] I have been in the scholastic profession long enough to know that no-one enters it unless he has some very good reason which he is anxious to conceal.
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Referenced in Brewster McCloud (1970) See more »

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The film is so-so but the story is wonderful
18 January 2007 | by (Winchester, Mass.) – See all my reviews

This is a film that deserves to be available on DVD or at least on VHS because it's a reasonable--not great, but reasonable--attempt at bringing Waugh's delicious novel to the screen. It shows its basis in the 60s clearly, and the acting talent walks through the production (although these are actors who by and large are incapable of doing a BAD job, they could certainly do better) without exerting themselves unduly.

Yes, the director is mediocre, the cinematography is workmanlike but not inspired, and it goes without saying that the novel is far better than the film. Having said all this, I would recommend this effort as worth a watch because, even with all its failings, it's still a highly entertaining story.


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