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Nothing But the Best (1964)

Success has James Brewster's name written all over it, and he also has his heart set on his boss' daughter. A con artist hires him to help out on a bank scheme, but then again, James will ... See full summary »

Director:

Clive Donner

Writers:

Frederic Raphael (screenplay), Stanley Ellin (based on a short story by)
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Bates ... Jimmy Brewster
Denholm Elliott ... Charlie Prince
Harry Andrews ... Mr. Horton
Millicent Martin ... Ann / Ann Horton
Pauline Delaney ... Mrs. March
Godfrey Quigley ... Coates
Alison Leggatt Alison Leggatt ... Mrs. Brewster
Lucinda Curtis ... Nadine
Nigel Stock ... Ferris
James Villiers ... Hugh
Drewe Henley ... Denis
Avice Landone ... Mrs. Horton (as Avice Landon)
Ernest Clark ... Roberts
William Rushton William Rushton ... Gerry
Peter Madden ... Ex-Politician
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Storyline

Success has James Brewster's name written all over it, and he also has his heart set on his boss' daughter. A con artist hires him to help out on a bank scheme, but then again, James will do anything to get rich and be the most successful businessman in Britian, even if it means murder.

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It purrs like a Rolls Royce... It pleasures like bubbly champagne... See more »

Genres:

Comedy

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Trivia

On the commentary track for Saint Jack (1979), director Peter Bogdanovich said he became a huge fan of Denholm Elliott after watching this film, which was before he became a director. He cast Elliott in an important co-starring role in Pete Bexon as well as Noises Off... (1992), which was Elloitt's last film. See more »

Quotes

Jimmy Brewster: Let's face it. It's a rotten, stinking world. But there are some smashing things in it - and I want them!
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Crazy Credits

Closing credits epilogue: ? THE END IS A PHRASE WHICH USUALLY CLOSES OTHER PEOPLES STORIES: IT NEVER APPLIES TO ONES OWN See more »

Soundtracks

Title Song
(Nothing But The Best)
Sung by Millicent Martin
To Music by Ron Grainer and Lyrics by Frederic Raphael
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User Reviews

 
A working class striver reaches the top the smart way, by cheating, lying and thuggery.
11 May 2006 | by john_cberrySee all my reviews

I cannot recall having even heard of this movie until I saw it advertised in the TV listings as part of a series of British movies otherwise unrelated to each other in any way. The cast is wonderful particularly Denholm Elliot. Alan Bates gives the part the bland vacancy it requires. The song that opens the movie was of its time and was so bad I almost stopped watching. And the rest of the movie is never quite right. The movie tries to tell the story that Lindsay Anderson told so well in O Lucky Man, and falls far short...but most movies fall short of O Lucky Man. It's worth seeing for another reason: it illustrates very well the mentality that led to Margaret Thatcher.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 July 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Oro y barro See more »

Filming Locations:

Richmond, London, England, UK See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Domino Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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