The Fallen Idol
The Fallen Idol (1949)

Adapted from the Graham Greene story The Basement Room, director Carol Reed's The Fallen Idol is told almost completely from a child's eye view-but it isn't a children's story. Young Bobby Henrey idolizes household butler… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 15, 1949
DVD Release Date: November 7, 2006
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

The Fallen Idol finds innocence and inquisitiveness at odds with corruption, violence, desire, deceit - all the stuff that grown-ups trade in.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

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.

Tynan Yanaga
Film Inquiry

The Fallen Idol is a fascinating film for how it manages to develop inner turmoil and for its earnest interest in the perspective of a child.

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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice

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.

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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

It's a masterful and unsentimental child's-eye view of the cold, hard adult world.

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Gerald Peary
Arts Fuse

The Fallen Idol is one of the best achieved examples in cinema of seeing the world through the eyes of a child.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Masterful 1948 suspense thriller.

Eleanor Ringel Cater
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

An indelible portrait of childhood's confusions, disillusionments and inevitable lost innocence.

Matt Prigge

In some ways an even more brilliant contraption than "The Third Man," and with a third act that might be superior, too.

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Cassandra Maples
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… More
John Ballantine
Nicely executed by Richardson and the rest of the cast. One of the best of the British thrillers.
Aj V
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.
Sarah Burton
You always know when you are about to watch a Carol Reed film, you're in for something special. However this hidden gem is truly special. It's quiet,… More
Tim Sigur
With more suspense and twists than half the "thrillers" out there today. Bobby Henrey would eat HJO for breakfast.
Simeon Deutsch
I got this one out of curiosity because I'm a huge fan of Carol Reed's other noir masterpiece The Third Man and I've heard that this one is in… More