Better Late Than Never (1983)





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The usually reliable director Bryan Forbes came acropper in Better Late Than Never. In one of his last films, a noticeably weary David Niven plays Nick, the supposed grandfather of 10-year-old heiress Bridget (Kimberly Partridge). Charley (Art Carney) shows up to cramp Nick's act, claiming that he is the genuine grandpa. Both men once slept with Bridget's grandmother, and she was never certain which of the two "inaugurated" her family. Neither Nick nor Charley are exactly prime parental material, so Bridget must choose from the lesser of two evils. Maggie Smith and Catherine Hicks are excellent in their thankless secondary roles. Better Late Than Never was lensed on location in the South of France; the scenery is the film's most pleasing aspect. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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David Niven
as Nick Cartland
Art Carney
as Charley Dunbar
Maggie Smith
as Anderson
Lionel Jeffries
as Bertie Hargreaves
Jacqueline Doyen
as Head Nurse
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The talented stars can't lift the slight story out of the doldrums.

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