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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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Kevin Billington

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Peter Cook (screenplay), John Cleese (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ann Beach Ann Beach ... Receptionist
Desmond Walter-Ellis Desmond Walter-Ellis ... Buffery
Peter Cook ... Michael Rimmer
Arthur Lowe ... Ferret
Dudley Foster Dudley Foster ... Federman
John Cleese ... Pumer
James Cossins ... Crodder
Valerie Leon ... Tanya
Graham Chapman ... Fromage
William Job William Job ... Waring
Elspeth March ... Mrs. Ferret
Dennis Price ... Fairburn
Monika Ringwald ... Girl in commercial (as Marilyn Rickard)
Diana Coupland Diana Coupland ... Mrs. Spimm
Rosalie Westwater Rosalie Westwater ... Tart
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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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Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 July 1971 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

A gátlástalanság lovagja See more »

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Mono

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Color (Technicolor)
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Percy Edwards: The film features a cameo from Edwards, on Hench's talk show. Edwards was once a minor celebrity in the UK for his ability to imitate various bird calls. After his programme finishes, and the lights go down, Steven Hench can be heard saying "I'd better go and look after Percy, he gets a bit broody." See more »

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Priest: Have you been able to find time for the survey in regard to the declining attendance in England's churches?
Michael Rimmer: Yes, we have.
Priest: We've tried everything, you know... cutthroat bingo, hallucinogens in the wafers, neon lights for the graveyards, chapels on wheels, fifty-fifty drawings after communion...
Michael Rimmer: Really?
Priest: [grabbing hold of his vestments] And these clothes are a bit out-of-date for the 1960s.
Michael Rimmer: Yes, well, we've done a great deal of research on the results of our religious polls and I believe we have ...
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Why is this film not available?
21 April 2005 | by noren-3See all my reviews

Saw this wondrous film when it first came out in London. I was at college and loved it immediately. It appealed to me cause it confirmed many prejudices and worries about Brit politics: manipulation, polls, spin.

It was way ahead of its time. Both funny and serious. The fact that it has not been available suggests that some of its points are too close to the truth for the 'establishment.'

I would love to see the scene again when the capsule is hidden in the hankie. He is meant to smash it which will cause a tear. It doesn't quite go as intended.

A brilliant film.


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