- Actors: Ralph Richardson, Michèle Morgan, Bobby Henrey, Sonia Dresdel, Jack Hawkins
- Directors: Carol Reed
- Producers: Carol Reed, David O. Selznick
- Format: PAL, Black & White, Full Screen, Mono
- Language: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.37:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: PG
- Studio: Studiocanal
- DVD Release Date: 7 Nov. 2005
- Run Time: 91 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B000B8TJ9Y
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,224 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
The Fallen Idol [DVD] 
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Carol Reed's award-winning adaptation of Graham Greene's short story told primarily from a child's perspective. Philippe (Bobby Henrey) is the young son of a diplomat and he idolises Baines (Ralph Richardson), his father's butler. When Baines' wife is found murdered and Baines is implicated, Philippe tries everything to point the investigation away from the butler. In doing so he makes matters worse and also discovers that his hero is not the man he thought he was.
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P.S. 25.4.2016 - I just received from Studio Canal the replacement disc. The mastering defects are fixed now. The PQ is excellent. You can distinguish the new one from the old by UPC/EAN code. The new one has UPC 5055201833655, the old one 5055201831712.
The little touches of wry humour give real character to this film and help make it a class above the run of the mill features of the period. It feels quite small and neat and even modest in its remit, but this is a perfect match for the effect the film makers want this to achieve - it is a film about the small world of a child, and how his views are totally dictated by those things he knows he saw and heard - of course without understanding the larger ways of the adult world. It is handled beautifully, it is not too ambitious or expansive and focuses just on what it needs to, to get the result it's after. Simple but clever, and RR shines with a performance full of his trademark charisma. Has to be one of the ten best British movies ever made, and I can think of only a few others that would be as helpful to a film making student for learning their craft. A true classic it is.
The acting of all the cast is excellent. But, above all, we realise just how crucial eight years old Bobby Henrey was to Carol Reed's realisation of this film. Bobby had initially been chosen for the film both for his good looks after Reed had seen a photo of him peering out of his London apartment on the dust jacket of one of his parents books and because he was bi-lingual, having been born in France and spending his childhood in both France and England and spoke English with a French accent, which was called for in the script. When Reed first met him, Bobby, it was said, couldn't act his way out of a paper bag. But Reed, a man of infinite patience with child actors, persevered with him over a shooting schedule of an incredible eight months (a long time for those days), shooting numerous takes of the same scene and the same dialogue, which paid off handsomely, as he managed to coax out of the boy the most incredible and natural performance by a child actor ever seen on the screen and certainly not bettered since.
No better example of this can be found than in the scene where Phillipe is convinced that Baines, his only friend, whom he idolises, is going to be sent to the gallows for a murder he did not commit. At this point, he realises just how much he adores and loves Baines and that he cannot live without him. With all the passion in his heart and soul, Phillipe pleads with the police to listen to him as he finally decides to tell the truth about what happened in the desperate hope that this will save his friend. "Oh, please, you must listen to me! I have something to tell you! It will only take a moment and it will make everything right! Oh, please listen to me! Oh, you must listen to me! Please, please, listen to me!" But to his utter despair, the police completely ignore him. This scene is so gut-wrenchingly heart-breaking, that it's almost too upsetting to watch and you become totally involved in it and feel very deeply for this increasingly desperate little boy. It is an incredible performance that is so perfect, it has to be seen to be believed. I cannot recommend this film highly enough. It is one of the finest films ever made in the history of the cinema.
There are two DVD's of the film available. The Criterion Region 1 release and the Optimum Releasing Region 2 release. Both use the same 35mm print as their source, which is of a beautifully restored version of the film and both feature at the beginning the original British Board of Film Censors "A" certificate from 1948. The Criterion release has an excellent booklet about Carol Reed and this film, as well as a couple of extras in the form of a 24 minute documentary about Reed and his films and a page by page look at the original press book. The Optimum DVD has no booklet and no extras. Picture and sound quality on both DVD's are excellent, considering that the film is now (in 2011) 63 years old.