Better Late Than Never (film)

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Better Late Than Never
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Movie Poster
Directed by Bryan Forbes
Produced by Raymond Chow
David Niven, Jr.
Jack Haley, Jr.
Written by Bryan Forbes
Story by Gwen Davis
Starring David Niven
Art Carney
Maggie Smith
Kimberley Partridge
Music by Henry Mancini
Cinematography Claude Lecomte
Edited by Phillip Shaw
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date
15 April 1983
Running time
89 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Box office $24,164

Better Late Than Never is a 1983 film directed by Bryan Forbes and starring David Niven, Art Carney and Maggie Smith. The soundtrack features songs by Henry Mancini and Noël Coward.[1]


Nick (Niven) is the supposed grandfather of 10-year-old Bridget (Partridge), who stands to inherit a sizeable fortune. Charley (Carney) shows up and claims that he is the genuine grandpa. Both men once slept with Bridget's grandmother, and she was never certain which of the two produced her child. Neither Nick nor Charley are good prospects, so Bridget must choose from the lesser of two evils.

Principal cast

Actor Role
David Niven Nick Hartland
Art Carney Charley Dunbar
Maggie Smith Miss Anderson
Catherine Hicks Sable
Lionel Jeffries Bertie
Melissa Prophet Marlene
Kimberley Partridge Bridget
Jean-Pierre Castaldi Doctor


Forbes originally offered Carney's role to William Holden who declined because the fee offered was too small. Forbes wrote in 1992 that if Holden had made the film he "might have been alive today."[2]


  1. ^ Better Late Than Never (1982) - Soundtracks
  2. ^ Bryan Forbes, A Divided Life, Mandarin, 1993 p17

External links

  • Better Late Than Never on IMDb
  • Better Late Than Never at AllMovie

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