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The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer

Year:
Duration:
94 min | USA:100 min
Genres:
Comedy
IMDB rate:
7.2
Director:
Kevin Billington
Details
Country: UK
Release Date: 1971-07-23
Filming Locations: Porchester Halls, Queensway, Bayswater, London, England, UK
Cast
Actor
Character
Peter Cook
Michael Rimmer
Denholm Elliott
Peter Niss
Ronald Fraser
Tom Hutchinson
Vanessa Howard
Patricia Cartwright
Arthur Lowe
Ferret
James Cossins
Crodder
Roland Culver
Sir Eric Bentley
Dudley Foster
Federman
Julian Glover
Colonel Moffat
Richard Pearson
Wilting
Harold Pinter
Steven Hench
Dennis Price
Fairburn
Ronnie Corbett
Interviewer
Michael Barrington
Major Scott
Michael Bates
Mr. Spimm
Ann Beach
Receptionist
Norman Bird
Alderman Poot
Jonathan Cecil
'Spot'
Graham Chapman
Fromage
John Cleese
Pumer
George A. Cooper
Blacket
Diana Coupland
Mrs. Spimm
Graham Crowden
Bishop of Cowley
Percy Edwards
Bird impersonator
William Job
Waring
Arthur Lovegrove
Studio doorman
Elspeth March
Mrs. Ferret
Nicholas Phipps
Snaggot
Norman Rossington
Guide at Porton Down
Frank Thornton
Tom Stoddart
Desmond Walter-Ellis
Buffer
Valerie Leon
Tanya
Monika Ringwald
Girl in commercial (as Marilyn Rickard)
Rosalie Westwater
Tart
Leslie Heritage
Gerald Pringle
Jerry Ram
Ranjit X
Roger Maxwell
Party chairman
Ronald Baddiley
Freddie Daring
Richard Caldicot
Bream
Guy Middleton
Potter
Robert Raglan
General Strike
Bruce Carstairs
Admiral Crichton
Martin Boddey
Major Mathieson
Derek Aylward
Diner (uncredited)
Sean Barry-Weske
Thug (uncredited)
Sinéad Cusack
Yvonne (uncredited)
Scott Fredericks
TV Crewman on TV (uncredited)
Victor Harrington
Military Official (uncredited)
Anthony Morton
Shocked of Nuneaton (uncredited)
Did you know?
Trivia
The Scottish regiment in the film is called the Spotforths, a pun on the name of the Seaforth Highlanders.
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Never given an official American theatrical release.
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The Tory Tom Hutchinson and Labour man Blackett spoof the party leaders of the time, Edward Heath, and Harold Wilson respectively. In particular, Wilson's Yorkshire accent, and habit of smoking a pipe in public is sent up; however, he was never particularly superstitious and Kevin Billington admits in the commentary that Wilson had a "laser sharp mind" unlike Mr Blackett. Tom Hutchinson also spoofs Harold Macmillan, a previous Tory PM from '57-'63, whose slogan was "You've never had it so good". Hutchinson has a moustache (like Macmillan, but unlike Heath), and the slogan, "You'll never have it so good" can be seen on a banner at his party conference.
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Quotes
Fromage: Good God! Is that our "Olde Humbug"?
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Michael Rimmer: Don't worry Tom, we'll supply the tears.
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Willing: [At identity parade] I couldn't swear to it, but it might just possibly be the one in the green shirt.
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Photos from cast
Michael Trubshawe
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