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THE FALLEN IDOL
USA: Rialto Pictures
UK: BFI (UK Wide)
Cast: Ralph Richardson, Michele Morgan, Sonia Dresdel, Bobby Henrey, Denis O'Dea, Jack Hawkins, Walter Fitzgerald, Dandy Nichols, Joan Young, Karel Stepanek, Gerard Heinz, Torin Thatcher, James Hayter, Geoffrey Keene, Bernard Lee, John Ruddock, Hay Petrie, Dora Bryan, George Woodbridge
Director: Carol Reed
USA & UK: 95 mins
UK Certificate: PG contains mild threat
USA Release Date: 10 February 2006 (Limited Re-release - New York)
UK Release Date: 28 July 2006 (Limited Re-release - London, NFT)
To mark the centenary of Carol Reed's birth, bfi Distribution is releasing a new print of Reed's great, rarely screened masterpiece THE FALLEN IDOL. It was written and adapted by Graham Greene from his short story 'The Basement Room' (1935) and won him an Oscar nomination as well as the award for Best Screenplay at Venice.
Philippe (Bobby Henrey), a diplomat's son is often on his own when his parents are away except for his butler Baines (Ralph Richardson) and housekeeper Mrs Baines (Sonia Dresdel). He unwittingly becomes embroiled in Baines secret affair with his mistress Julie (Michele Morgan). Then when Baines is suspected of murdering his wife, Philippe finds himself in an impossible situation as he is drawn into a complex world of adult deceptions.