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The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer (1970)

 -  Comedy  -  23 July 1971 (Ireland)
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Fresh-faced young Michael Rimmer worms his way into an opinion poll company and is soon running the place. He uses this as a springboard to get into politics, and in the mini-skirted ... See full summary »

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Fresh-faced young Michael Rimmer worms his way into an opinion poll company and is soon running the place. He uses this as a springboard to get into politics, and in the mini-skirted flared-trousered world of 1970 Britain starts to rise through the Tory ranks. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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The final film of Guy Middleton. See more »

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Michael Rimmer: [schmoozing] Hugh, I loved your speech on abortion. It was really gorgeous.
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A throughly brilliant satire on Britain going into the 1970s
22 July 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This movie is an excellent political satire but it's equally a satire on the State of the Nation in 1970. This was a time when people in the UK really feared that the nation was doomed. In one way, the small advertising company to which Rimmer is sent as a 'time and motion' man symbolises Britain at the end of the 1960s. The place is falling down, the staff don't care, the management is flabby and complacent. Note the fire extinguishers dotted about marked up 'DO NOT USE AFTER 1958' - and yet there they are, still in use. The staff toilets are dirty and ill-maintained - the roll towel is broken, the doors do not lock. All in all, a dystopia that is not fit for purpose. It's hard for a contemporary audience to understand this fully, but don't forget that this film was released just three years before serious opinion in Britain asked the question 'Is this country ungovernable?' and there was dark talk of a possible military coup. A distant country now, nicely represented in this great movie.


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