The Fallen Idol (1949)
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as Mrs. Baines
as Inspector Crowe
as Dr. Fenton
as 1st Secretary
as Mrs. Barrow
as Mrs. Patterson
as Detective Hart
as Detective Ames
as Detective Davis
as Dr. Wilson
as Policeman `A'
as Police Sergeant
Critic Reviews for The Fallen Idol
The Fallen Idol finds innocence and inquisitiveness at odds with corruption, violence, desire, deceit - all the stuff that grown-ups trade in.
The Fallen Idol stands as one of the great films about looking, about perspective, about the way we watch and interpret not just film plots but each other.
As a portrait of the sometime destructiveness of innocence and as a sharp fresco of post-war Britain, this movie is a little masterpiece, an idol that has never fallen.
It's a masterful and unsentimental child's-eye view of the cold, hard adult world.
An indelible portrait of childhood's confusions, disillusionments and inevitable lost innocence.
Audience Reviews for The Fallen Idol
Nicely executed by Richardson and the rest of the cast. One of the best of the British thrillers.
Lies, sometimes, are an act of kindness. Many times I hasten to add. The imagination of a lonely child is ignited by a meek man in love. The man, as played by the extraordinary Ralph Richardson, is a mass of contradictions and yet we understand him. Married to a shrew and in love with Michele Morgan no less. Carol Reed is not a director that comes immediately to mind when one lists the greatest directors of all time, but in my book, is right up there with the very best. No other director has been able to bring Graham Green to the screen with its spirit so gloriously intact. Guilt and fear as riveting entertainment. Suspenseful, funny and beautiful to look at. Go try to top that.
Literally about a boy who idolizes someone and finds out their not all that they thought they were. An okay movie, but not very exciting.
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