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The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer (1970)

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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A gátlástalanság lovagja  »

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Michael Rimmer is said to be a spoof of the life of David Frost. Frost was in fact a producer of the film, under the pseudonym of David Parradine. David Frost's middle name is Parradine. John Cleese and Graham Chapman had previously worked on The Frost Report (1966) with him. See more »

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Steven Hench: Mr Blocket, you had been on rather acrimonious terms with the late Prime Minister
Blocket: We had our differences
Steven Hench: On one occasion, indeed on several occasions, you described him as a two-faced weasel-eyed git.
Blocket: In the rough and tumble of parliamentary debate things are said that can often be misinterpreted but there was a lot of warmth there.
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Still up to date 30 years on
3 December 2005 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland) – See all my reviews

I find it hard to believe that this film has not had a greater showing on television than it has. I can only recall one showing on British TV in the last few years and it definitely deserves more. This is not to say it is a brilliant film, although I think it's pretty good, but it really needs to be seen in the context of modern day politics. Its still "bang on the nail" relevant and you can either be worried about lack of progress in politics or society, or marvel at how far ahead of its time it was.

The plot is a bit lacking in focus, sub-plots involving Rimmer's romance with his girlfriend, and the duplicity of his political partner are distracting and are really padding for a concept that isn't really film length. However, these are minor foibles in what I think is a well written political satire which is a must see for anyone who thinks modern politics boring – this might just get you thinking.

And it's funny as well.


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