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All Fall Down 1962 NR CC

(27) IMDb 6.9/10
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Brandon de Wilde co-stars in this evocative coming-of-age story about an adolescent boy who discovers that his older brother, played by Warren Beatty, is a shallow wreck of a man.

Starring:
Eva Marie Saint, Warren Beatty
Runtime:
1 hour, 51 minutes

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Susan Fong on September 25, 2005
Format: VHS Tape
"All Fall Down" is a drama laced with occasional comedy and whimsy that examines the effect that a spoiled, irresponsible drifter named Barry Barry has upon his well-meaning family and upon the innocent young woman who unfortunately falls in love with him.

Barry Barry is a young man in his twenties who has never had a steady job. But because of his killer good looks women (especially those who are lonely) throw themselves at him. Barry Barry uses these women as meal tickets. He regards them as pathetic, and he treats them indifferently or cruelly.

Barry Barry is self-loathing. His well-intentioned parents have over-indulged him. They tolerate and enable his reckless and sometimes violent behavior. He returns home at Christmas time after his parents bail him out of jail for assaulting a woman. There he meets Echo whose parents are friends of his parents. She is there for a brief visit.

Echo is a vivacious, single woman about 10 years older than Barry Barry. She is self-sufficient and has a career. She is also recovering from the tragic suicide of an alcoholic man whom she befriended.

Barry Barry is immediatly attracted to the beautiful and warm-hearted Echo. But when he finds out that she is pregnant with his child, he runs away from her leading to events that change the attitudes and lives of those who love him.

"All Fall Down" has fine performances from an extremely talented cast which includes Warren Beatty as Barry Barry, Karl Malden and Angela Lansbury as his adoring parents, and a teenage Brandon De Wilde as Barry Barry's idealistic younger brother who has himself fallen in love with Echo. The highly respected John Frankenheimer directs this movie crisply and effectively.

"All Fall Down" is an excellent production worthy of a large audience.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Charles Pope on January 31, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
This is one of the small group of films Mr Beatty made after
" Splendor in the Grass" and before " Bonnie and Clyde"
I think its important to appreciate that after " Splendor...when Mr Beatty was very much in demmand..he did not make programmer types of films. In my opinion he choose very carefully and came up with a thought provoking group of films that live on today as " what might have been"
" Lillith" and " All Fall Down" are two of these films.
" All Fall Down" written by William Inge( Splendor,,,Picnic etc)
is an artistically unique film about people and their needs and detachments.
Berry Berry( Beatty) and Brandon De Wilde play off each other very well as two brothers totally different( where have we seen that before). The film is well acted from all that include Karl Malden, Ms. Lansbury who turns in another fine tectured performance as the mother..and a very fragile and hopeless Eva Marie Saint
John Frankenheimer's direction and editing is put to good use when there is so much to say visually and very little time to do so. A Real Gem!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Only-A-Child VINE VOICE on October 16, 2006
Format: DVD
"All Fall Down" combines the best elements of "Come Back Little Sheba" and "Splendor in the Grass"; which should not be a total surprise given that all three come at least in part from the mind of William Inge. It is interesting that while "All Fall Town" is the most ambitious of the three, it is also the least known. Probably because Director John Frankenheimer made something that is more art film than box office blockbuster (or academy darling).

The storytelling technique is much like "Days of Heaven", both told from the point of view of the youngest member of their casts-in this case Clint (Brandon de Wilde-"come back Shane"). The film even goes so far as to cut in shots of Clint watching the other characters through windows and doorways, and then writing down what he has observed in a journal. This is very effective because the story has coming of age elements involving Clint and the viewer is meant to strongly identify with his character. Unfortunately Frankenheimer pulls his punch at the end and limits things to the traditional process of disillusionment found in this film genre. A much more satisfying ending was possible.

I've never shared the view that "All Fall Down" lacks sympathetic characters. Clint is certainly likable as is family friend Echo (Eva Marie Saint), and even father Ralph (Karl Malden) to a certain degree. Mother Annabell (Angela Lansbury) is not but her purpose is to provide some explanation for this dysfunctional family.

Older brother Berry-Berry (Warren Beatty) is not likable but is certainly interesting. Smothered by his mother he has a phobia about ending up like his parents. Which has sent him on the road where he lives by his wits and good looks.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By mackjay on August 7, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Why is this film always overlooked? Frankenheimer made it in that same incredible year (1962) as "The Birdman of Alcatraz" and "The Manchurian Candidate". With those two terrific movies, it seems to form a trilogy of "monster mother" tales. Thelma Ritter (controlling and guilt-tripping in Birdman) and Lansbury (the ultimate monster mother in Manchurian). Perhaps this was a theme for the director at the time.
In "All Fall Down", Lansbury, as always, stands out among several other fine performers. Karl Malden is perfectly cast as her foil, a seemingly passive husband reaching the boiling point. De Wilde and Saint are both excellent. Watch for the underrated Barbara Baxley as a lonely school teacher and Evans Evans (Mrs. Frankenheimer) as a prostitute at the very beginning of the picture. (By the way, what was the story on Madame Spivy? "Out! O-A-T!!" she yells to the De Wilde character in the bar.) This film is an over-the-top dysfunctional family drama to the max. There's something unforgettable about Berry Berry (Warren Beatty) and his tortured interactions with Anabelle. Based on a wonderful novel by J. L. Herlihy (Midnight Cowboy).See this film, you won't regret it
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