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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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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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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 »

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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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"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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