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- kevin sellers
A well made film that, for some reason, I just can't get interested in. Don't know why, exactly. Maybe it's the kid actor's French accent, which makes it well nigh impossible to know what he's saying half the time. Or maybe it's the fact that the characters all have a dull, grey, humorless pallor cast over them that not even great actors like Ralph Richardson or Jack Hawkins can lift. Give it a B minus.
Homage to Citizen Kane?
I just viewed this film and really enjoyed it. Did anyone notice the appearance of a shrieking bird, then an immediate cut away, when Mrs. Baine's name was mentioned? I think this occurred at the zoo. This is very similar to the famous cockatoo in Citizen Kane.
Brilliant cast, brilliant direction.
The scene with the hairpin will make you jump out of your skin the first time seen. Carol Reed had a way of catching you off-guard at your most vulnerable moment, similar to Hitchcock.
The Fallen Idol
- Dashiell Barnes
An exceptional & well-acted thriller. Richardson is perfect as a sensetive butler who's idolized by young Henrey, who although convincing, is obnoxious. The embassy building is equally energetic & dark, matched by director Reed's & screenwriter's Greene's Oscar-nominated work in creating an engaging story. The film showcases the ability of Reed & Greene to create an excellent thriller, as proven by their next film, "The Third Man." I give it a 4/5.
Well worth the wait
- Yo Ralphie
Have heard that the movie was good,but it's really great.The young lad is good,not trying in the least.Enjoyed seeing Bernard Lee in a small part.
this movie is now my new favorite! I was disappointed not to hear Robert and Drew Barrymore comments because of tcm film festival update
the fallen idol
good suspense movie, well-acted. no dull moment. the story thru the eyes of a child and mistaken perceptions. humor at the end when the investigator asked the boy if he likes to have a secret.
The Fallen Idol
We missed it when it was on March 30, 2011. This is a great movie and I want my husband to see it. I hope you will play it again soon. I'll have my tivo ready and hope the power stays on next time. It would be wonderful if you could buy a quality DVD of it.Wonderful cast, great acting produces a great movie.Must see movie !!!
Superb choice for mystery buffs
- dick cloonan
Delightful movie because of the expertise of the actors and very fine camera work .I was very surprised at the ending ,although I shouldn't have been surprised .Graham Greene is famous for his superb literature .
Finally on TCM!
Can't wait to see this great move again! Viewed on local PBS station years ago and have been on the look-out since. Hope all TCM viewers add it to the list of the fav's! Thanks, TCM!!!