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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

Writers:

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

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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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Kevin Billington had hoped that his film would be released before the general election which many people were confident would be called in Britain during 1970. However, when the election was called for June of 1970, the release of his film was delayed until December, which Billington felt blunted its edge. It was a very indifferent box-office performer, and was generally perceived simply as a slightly macabre farcical comedy, rather than as razor-sharp political satire, as Billington claimed he had intended - he even said he was aiming to make a British equivalent of Costa-Gavras's then-recent film "Z". See more »

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Ferret: [to Mrs Ferret] Care for a glass of Fors?
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One of the best satirical films I have ever seen.
6 July 1999 | by brad-94See all my reviews

This film was shown recently on Channel 5 in the UK. Basically, a young official looking man with a clipboard, Michael Rimmer (Peter Cook) walks into a dead beat polling company - and begins to change it dramatically. Very soon, the company is a thrusting dynamic organisation - with Michael Rimmer as it's head. He is loved by everyone, and he can manipulate people easily. He then begins to move into politics, and rises very quickly up to Prime Minister. It is then that his true motives begin to appear - he wants to be President of Great Britain. Will he succeed? Of course, he's Michael Rimmer. Watch this film and be amazed. Don't be concerned if you find you rewind it and watch it all over again. It is superb.


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