The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer

Billington once described this political satire as a kind of British Z, but after the subtlety of his first feature, Interlude, it seemed blunt and a bit pointless. Written and performed by a host of satirical talent, it chronicles the rise of a self-appointed business efficiency expert (Cook), who becomes an autocratic dictator by submitting every issue to national referendum. Somehow the jokes fall a bit thin, and the script can't make up its mind whether to go out for narrative or a string of weak sketches. Despite Cleese's script credit (along with Cook, Chapman and Billington), the writing is miles below Monty Python standard.

Release details

Duration: 94 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Kevin Billington
Screenwriter: Peter Cook, John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Kevin Billington
Cast: Peter Cook
Denholm Elliott
Ronald Fraser
Vanessa Howard
Arthur Lowe
George A Cooper
Harold Pinter
Roland Culver
Dennis Price
John Cleese
Ronnie Corbett
Graham Chapman
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