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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.

Director:

John Krish

Writers:

Ivan Foxwell (adaptation), Alan Hackney (additional scenes) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robin Phillips ... Paul Pennyfeather
Felix Aylmer ... Judge
Colin Blakely ... Solomon Philbrick
Robert Harris ... Prendergast
Griffith Jones ... Sir Humphrey Maltravers
Patrick Magee ... Maniac
Leo McKern ... Captain Grimes
Geneviève Page ... Margot Beste-Chetwynde (as Genevieve Page)
Paul Rogers ... Chief Warder
Donald Sinden ... The Prison Governor
Donald Wolfit ... Dr. Augustus Fagan
Rodney Bewes ... Arthur Potts
Patience Collier ... Flossie Fagan
Roland Curram ... Otto Silenus
Kenneth Griffith 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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

"See that diamond-crusted, double-breasted bird over there?...that's mother. She wants to meet you."

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

M | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 January 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Decline and Fall See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Last film of Sir Donald Wolfit. See more »

Quotes

Maniac: I like to read the Bible. There's a lot of killing in the Bible.
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Connections

Referenced in Brewster McCloud (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh God, Our Help in Ages Past
(uncredited)
Music by William Croft
Arranged by Alan Boustead
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"Decline and (definitely a) Fall..."
18 March 2006 | by gregcoutureSee 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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