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Flashbacks of a Fool [DVD] (2008)

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  • Actors: Daniel Craig, Harry Eden, Eve, Olivia Williams, Claire Forlani
  • Directors: Baillie Walsh
  • Format: PAL, Dolby, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Dec. 2008
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0017QMXF6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,736 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Daniel Craig stars as as a hedonistic Hollywood star who returns to his roots when his career hits a crisis. Joe Scott (Craig) is living the movie-star dream, with a house in the Hollywood hills and girls on tap, he indulges his every whim. But when his childhood best friend Boots (Max Deacon) dies suddenly, he returns to England for the funeral, to be confronted by his past and the regret of a lost love. Joe's teenage years with his first love Ruth (Claire Forlani) were tainted by an affair with his mother's best friend, leading him to leave for good. Now thirty years later, he returns to confront his guilt, and finally make amends to his former love.


Leading man Daniel Craig apparently made Flashbacks of a Fool (he was also one of the executive producers) in between stints as James Bond, and you can see why he was attracted to it; Joe Scott, the character he portrays in this film, could hardly be less like the suave, ever-resourceful 007. Ensconced in a fab, oceanfront Malibu crib, Joe is a movie star on the skids. Hooked on coke and drink, engaging in group gropes with dumb Hollywood bimbos, he’s sunk so low that his sassy assistant (Eve) calls him "a disgrace to white folks," and even his agent is sick of him, which is somewhat akin to a parasite dissing its host (it’s a measure of writer-director Baillie Walsh’s script’s lack of depth that we never really see what made Joe so great in the first place, or so bad now). When a call comes that a childhood friend has died, Joe decides to return to his native England for the funeral, whereupon an extended flashback kicks in. Young Joe (Harry Eden), it seems, was as randy and hopelessly naïve as a lot of teenage boys. Though he had the hots for the sexiest young thang in town (a coastal village that’s as lovely in its way as the California setting, both of them handsomely photographed by cinematographer John Mathieson; the locations, in fact, are probably the most attractive element of the film), he also wasn’t immune to the advances of Evelyn (Jodhi May), the older married woman who lives next door. And when a tragedy involving Evelyn’s daughter struck while she and Joe were in flagrante, Joe handled it by leaving town, never to return--until now, that is. --Sam Graham

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Al Berni on 30 Sept. 2008
Format: DVD
This film had a lot of minor flaws, which could have been major ones, except for the fact that it had bundles of charm, which made it oddly attractive to me and the person I went to see it with. It was very much like an old stlye british drama that could have been made in the sixties ("Spring and Port Wine" springs to mind). However, I appreciate that many people do not have the patience for such movies nowadays. These days the public seem to want all-action, or violence, sex or melodrama. Anything more slow paced and gentle just won't do. I am glad Craig is the sort of actor who will lend himself to this type of work and I would applaud him for it.

Certainly if you were a teenager in the seventies it helps to appreaciate this film. To quibble about the title, as there there is only one flashback, is a bit of a nonsense really. The characters were interesting and the soundtrack great. The acting was pretty good as well. The strain of just being an adolescent was portrayed well, even though there were a few things that maybe hung together a bit tenuously.
One bit of dialogue was, I felt, not of the time it was supposed to be and that was when one of main characters referred to another as being a "retard". This was not a word (in my teenage world) that was used, and my friends and I knew a lot of obscenties. Most of this world is perfectly believable, however, and when the female lead explains the meaning of 'Jean Geanie' I remembered reading the article she reffered to myself, in the New Musical Express (I think it might have been written by Charles Shar Murray).

I really loved this film and it did take me right back, and made me wonder, sadly, where all that time has gone.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Darcy on 3 Feb. 2012
Format: DVD
A wise man once told me that we are all products of our childhood and at a young age, I did not quite grasp what he meant, yet as I got older and started to understand human psychology better.... I slowly began to understand the impact our childhood plays on our adulthood. All those compliments we hear, to all those putdowns we endure. From your first lingering kiss, to the final embrace with a loved one... they all shape our future habits and behaviours.

The film centres on Joe Scott, a washed out film star, who heads back to England after hearing about the death of a close childhood friend. The journey back home brings back memories of his childhood growing up with his mother, sister and aunt. He has flashbacks about his first love Ruth and also about his sexual encounter with the married Eve.

A brilliant film, which will no doubt bring back fond memories of your childhood too! A wonderful performance by the whole cast, including Harry Eden, who once again delivers a mature and show stealing performance.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By L. Rainey on 14 July 2008
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I wonder if this film went over alot of peoples heads who weren't teenagers in the 1970's, I was and thought it captured the era brilliantly, the soundtrack is amazing and I thought that the insight into present day Hollywood when you face no longer fits was very intersting.
I thought Daniel Craig was very good in this role and it was refreshing to see such an actor not in a 'blockbuster'
Personally I was suprised that this film was not a bigger sucess and would recommed it, especailly to poeple who lived through and loved the 70's.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By S. Boggild on 31 May 2008
Format: DVD
I really loved this film. I was in two minds whether I should see it or not when it came out in cinemas, as I had heard only bad things about it. I thought I'd give it a go anyway...

First of all, I don't think this is a mainstream film, hence the bad reviews! It probably only made it onto the big screen because it stars Daniel Craig.

Personally, I think this is one of the best films 2008 has offered to date, and the sound track is amazing!

If you like This is England, Little Miss Sunshine, or Everything is Illuminated... or if you're a Bowie or Roxy Music fan, I definitely recommend this film to you!

It will make you laugh, and cry! There are some unforgettable scenes, and the costume is fantastic!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Gerry_K on 28 Oct. 2008
Format: DVD
Sometimes you see a movie and it makes an instant connection with your own life - you know immediately that you've watched something that you are going to remember for a long long time. Flashbacks of a Fool was for me just such a movie. It's a beautifully composed and poignant story about a choice made in a moment and the consequences for a lifetime.

Daniel Craig carefully resists an easy opportunity to cash-in on his success between Bond movies and just push out a clichéd action flick. Instead he delivers an understated but sensitive performance as a washed-up actor with an un-reconciled past, leaving space for an excellent supporting cast. Harry Eden playing the adolescent Daniel Craig character is exceptional.

There are some unanswered questions in the story but these actually serve to make it a better film. The cinematography and editing are outstanding - watch the version of the beach scene, the turning point in the movie, which was kept in the final edit compared with the deleted scene on the DVD. It's a stunning example of why less is more with movie editing. The 70s music and the period had an extra special resonance for a 40-something like me.

Overall a superb movie and one I can highly recommend.
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