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Nothing But the Best (1964)

Success has James Brewster's name written all over it, and he also has his heart set on his boss's daughter. A con artist hires him to help out on a bank scheme, but then again, James will ... See full summary »

Director:

Clive Donner

Writers:

Frederic Raphael (screenplay), Stanley Ellin (story "The Best of Everything")
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Bates ... Jimmy Brewster
Denholm Elliott ... Charlie Prince
Harry Andrews ... Mr. Horton
Millicent Martin ... Ann Horton
Pauline Delaney ... Mrs. March (as Pauline Delany)
Godfrey Quigley ... Coates
Alison Leggatt Alison Leggatt ... Mrs. Brewster
Lucinda Curtis ... Nadine
Nigel Stock ... Ferris
James Villiers James Villiers ... Hugh
Drewe Henley ... Denis
Avice Landone ... Mrs. Horton (as Avice Landon)
Ernest Clark ... Roberts
William Rushton William Rushton ... Gerry
Peter Madden ... Ex-Politician
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Storyline

Success has James Brewster's name written all over it, and he also has his heart set on his boss's daughter. A con artist hires him to help out on a bank scheme, but then again, James will do anything to get rich and be the most successful businessman in Britian-even if it means murder!!! Written by Anonymous

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Make Room at the Top for Nothing But The Best! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 July 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Oro y barro See more »

Filming Locations:

Richmond, London, England, UK See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Domino Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia

Frederic Raphael had already adapted Stanley Ellin's original short story, "The Best Of Everything", as a short play for British television. See more »

Quotes

Charlie Prince: When one does absolutely nothing, it is vitally important to keep fit.
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Soundtracks

Nothing But The Best
Music by Ron Grainer
Lyric by Frederic Raphael
Sung by Millicent Martin
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A working class striver reaches the top the smart way, by cheating, lying and thuggery.
11 May 2006 | by john_cberrySee all my reviews

I cannot recall having even heard of this movie until I saw it advertised in the TV listings as part of a series of British movies otherwise unrelated to each other in any way. The cast is wonderful particularly Denholm Elliot. Alan Bates gives the part the bland vacancy it requires. The song that opens the movie was of its time and was so bad I almost stopped watching. And the rest of the movie is never quite right. The movie tries to tell the story that Lindsay Anderson told so well in O Lucky Man, and falls far short...but most movies fall short of O Lucky Man. It's worth seeing for another reason: it illustrates very well the mentality that led to Margaret Thatcher.


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