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All Fall Down (1962)

Approved | | Drama | 29 March 1962 (USA)
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Ralph (Karl Malden) and Annabell Willart (Dame Angela Lansbury) are a feuding couple who are constantly bickering over their worthless, good-for-nothing son Berry-Berry (Warren Beatty). ... See full summary »

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John Frankenheimer

Writers:

William Inge (screenplay), James Leo Herlihy (novel)
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Complete credited cast:
Eva Marie Saint ... Echo O'Brien
Warren Beatty ... Berry-Berry Willart
Karl Malden ... Ralph Willart
Angela Lansbury ... Annabell Willart
Brandon De Wilde ... Clinton Willart (as Brandon de Wilde)
Constance Ford ... Mrs. Mandel
Barbara Baxley ... Schoolteacher
Evans Evans Evans Evans ... Hedy
Madame Spivy Madame Spivy ... Bouncer
Albert Paulsen ... Captain Ramirez (as Albert Paulson)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Bryar ... Manager of Sweet Shop (scenes deleted)
Robert Sorrells Robert Sorrells ... Waiter in Sweet Shop (scenes deleted)
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Ralph (Karl Malden) and Annabell Willart (Dame Angela Lansbury) are a feuding couple who are constantly bickering over their worthless, good-for-nothing son Berry-Berry (Warren Beatty). When Berry-Berry begins yet another meaningless love affair, this time with an older woman named Echo O'Brien (Eva Marie Saint), he really gets his parents at each others' throats. Written by Alfred Jingle

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Male enough to attract a dozen women...not man enough to be faithful to one!

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Karl Malden and Eva Marie Saint appeared in On the Waterfront (1954) and Fatal Vision (1984). See more »

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When Mrs. Mandel waves a $50 bill at Berry-Berry, the bill turns upside down between the long shot and the close-up. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Mandel: [Attempting to entice Berry-Berry to join her party on a yacht trip to the Bahamas] Perhaps you'd like to join us? You might enjoy the Bahamas.
Berry-Berry Willart: How do you know I'm not some dangerous maniac that goes around killing beautiful women like you?
Mrs. Mandel: [Slight pause, then chuckles coyly] Well, in that case, I won't have to take a sleeping pill tonight.
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Stagy and a bit dated, but not without interest
27 March 2006 | by bandwSee all my reviews

When you get a writer like William Inge, who is a playwright by nature, to write a screenplay you get a movie like "All Fall Down" that seems like it is an adaptation of a play. The black and white photography and confined spaces provide an air of claustrophobia which is appropriate for this close examination of the Willart family. The father, Ralph (Karl Malden), is an alcoholic real estate broker who is a rather simple but decent soul; Clinton (Brandon De Wilde), the younger son, is a sensitive teenager who likes to write; Berry-Berry (Warren Beatty), the older son, is a handsome wastrel who lives off his good looks; Annabell (Angla Landsbury), is the controlling mother who obsesses over Berry-Berry and has pretty much wrecked the family. Things get off to a rather slow and awkward start, but when you throw Echo (Eva Marie Saint) into the mix, things get rocking when both sons are taken with her.

De Wilde is called upon to carry a good part of this movie. Hardly anyone is better at playing the clean-cut innocent and good natured youth ("Shane, come back!") than De Wilde, and he puts that talent to use here. I was struck by how similar De Wilde's Clinton is to Lonnie, the kid he would play opposite Paul Newman the next year in "Hud." Just as in this movie, in "Hud" he would play a young man who idolizes a more experienced relative, and ultimately comes to be totally disillusioned with him. Overall, the casting for "All Fall Down" is near perfect and the acting excellent.

I was expecting more from the Alex North ("Spartacus", "Goodfellas") score, but it is pretty much early 60s generic. The Sibelius symphony that accompanies the only romantic scene (higly scaled down by modern standards) is a bit over the top.

This movie would appear to be Inge's "Long Day's Journey into Night," but it is not nearly as powerful as the O'Neill play that was made into a brilliant movie in the same year.

I assume there is some significance, lost on me, to the fruit theme and the hyphenated "Berry-Berry." In any case, that name quickly started to bug the hell out of me.


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Language:

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