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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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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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Sir Eric Bentley is inspired by the late British Conservative politician Enoch Powell, who made the famous "Rivers of Blood" speech about immigration to the UK. Bentley repeats a piece of gossip about an old lady from an embarrassingly unreliable source - much as Powell had. Bentley mentions Powell by name at the end of the speech. See more »

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Ferret: They'll be cutting off the electricity next!
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a fresh satire on those in power
22 March 2009 | by didi-5See all my reviews

Michael Rimmer (Cook) joins an opinion poll company in a mysterious capacity, a silent and malevolent observer of what goes on. In this he's not a million miles from Bedazzled's George Spiggott, but in 'The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer' the targets are clear - big business, local government, the parliamentary parties, democracy itself.

As Rimmer gains more and more personal power, we see a Britain decaying at the seams in a sea of corruption - from the dim humbug makers with their sexy ad campaign to the would-be PM with planted questions at party conference. Supporting roles are judged well (Denholm Elliott, John Cleese, Arthur Lowe, Ronald Fraser in particular), while Cook himself looks the part, smirking and smart-suited, interfering in a cosy world of middle-aged execs and politics in need of a shake.

There's a lot going on here in a Britain stood still - and it makes for a very entertaining film.


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