All Fall Down Reviews

  • Aug 27, 2016

    Dysfunctional family in 1962 with Warren Beatty in one of his best roles as the troubled oldest son, Angela Lansbury as his overbearing mother, whose obsessed with him, Eva Marie Saint as the girl he falls for, Brandon de Wilde is the young brother, and Karl Malden as the father. It's a little slow in the beginning, but picks up steam in the second half. Script by William Inge. The big downfall is the ending. Nothing is resolved. The performances are uniformly excellent.

    Dysfunctional family in 1962 with Warren Beatty in one of his best roles as the troubled oldest son, Angela Lansbury as his overbearing mother, whose obsessed with him, Eva Marie Saint as the girl he falls for, Brandon de Wilde is the young brother, and Karl Malden as the father. It's a little slow in the beginning, but picks up steam in the second half. Script by William Inge. The big downfall is the ending. Nothing is resolved. The performances are uniformly excellent.

  • Mar 21, 2012

    this family puts the dis in disfunctional!

    this family puts the dis in disfunctional!

  • Feb 28, 2012

    Young Warren Beatty is one of the best-looking humans ever.

    Young Warren Beatty is one of the best-looking humans ever.

  • Nov 25, 2011

    One of those films made in the 60s in B&W as a creative choice which always make me feel emotionally cold, almost film noir set in a suburban street of everytown America . Packed with serious acting talent with the impossibly handsome Warren Beatty possibly playing himself, a narcissist with and entitlement schema. Eve Marie Saint is the ageing incredibly beautiful echo, sophisticated and worldly (it at first seems). Karl Malden plays the amusingly ironic figure of an alcoholic leftie turned real estate broker and Angela Lansbury his dominant, calculating and infuriatingly stifling wife, and mother to the perfectly innocent looking Brandon De Wilde. Almost a great film, certainly a very good one, which asks many more questions than it answers

    One of those films made in the 60s in B&W as a creative choice which always make me feel emotionally cold, almost film noir set in a suburban street of everytown America . Packed with serious acting talent with the impossibly handsome Warren Beatty possibly playing himself, a narcissist with and entitlement schema. Eve Marie Saint is the ageing incredibly beautiful echo, sophisticated and worldly (it at first seems). Karl Malden plays the amusingly ironic figure of an alcoholic leftie turned real estate broker and Angela Lansbury his dominant, calculating and infuriatingly stifling wife, and mother to the perfectly innocent looking Brandon De Wilde. Almost a great film, certainly a very good one, which asks many more questions than it answers

  • Mar 22, 2010

    Man enough to attract a dozen women, not man enough to be faithful to one, All Fall Down is one of Warren Beatty's finest hours. He portrays a broken young man with much more than a chip on his shoulder; and he gives a standout performance overall. In main roles are actors Eva Marie Saint, Karl Malden and a truly remarkable Angela Lansbury; who proves to be the standout cast member of the film. The film is an adaption of a best selling 1960's novel of the same name. Two argumentative and bickering middle aged parents, who have two adolescent sons; become even more at odds with each other when their eldest son Berry Berry (Beatty) starts yet another love affair, this time with a much older Echo (Saint). The film delves into the issues of suicide, family tragedy and love triangles involved around this Ohio based family. In her finest role to date, Lansbury is superb in her role as the controlling and over protective mother Annabelle. Malden is convincing as the family patriarch, who always tries to please his sons, but Lansbury still outshines Malden. Beatty's performance is so realistic and convincing that you feel a great deal of pain for what his family is going through due to his new dalliance. The script is also very well written, with some very good one liners and big emotional scenes in which the characters bring to the screen very well. Many events through out the film are totally unexpected but all add up so all the actions root back to the plot. The only thing that brings this film down is it's quality. I'm quessing that the production budget wasn't very high, thus the film was shit in a very dated (even for 1962) black and white. Films with average to high budgets from the 50's onwards mostly shot in colour. Too modern audiences, this can be the downfall for the getting the most out of the film. All Fall Down is a must see over-looked memorable film for all performers involved, as it brings out some great performances for all the cast. It may however be quite hard to sit through due to the poor quality as it is shot in a a very bad quality black and white.

    Man enough to attract a dozen women, not man enough to be faithful to one, All Fall Down is one of Warren Beatty's finest hours. He portrays a broken young man with much more than a chip on his shoulder; and he gives a standout performance overall. In main roles are actors Eva Marie Saint, Karl Malden and a truly remarkable Angela Lansbury; who proves to be the standout cast member of the film. The film is an adaption of a best selling 1960's novel of the same name. Two argumentative and bickering middle aged parents, who have two adolescent sons; become even more at odds with each other when their eldest son Berry Berry (Beatty) starts yet another love affair, this time with a much older Echo (Saint). The film delves into the issues of suicide, family tragedy and love triangles involved around this Ohio based family. In her finest role to date, Lansbury is superb in her role as the controlling and over protective mother Annabelle. Malden is convincing as the family patriarch, who always tries to please his sons, but Lansbury still outshines Malden. Beatty's performance is so realistic and convincing that you feel a great deal of pain for what his family is going through due to his new dalliance. The script is also very well written, with some very good one liners and big emotional scenes in which the characters bring to the screen very well. Many events through out the film are totally unexpected but all add up so all the actions root back to the plot. The only thing that brings this film down is it's quality. I'm quessing that the production budget wasn't very high, thus the film was shit in a very dated (even for 1962) black and white. Films with average to high budgets from the 50's onwards mostly shot in colour. Too modern audiences, this can be the downfall for the getting the most out of the film. All Fall Down is a must see over-looked memorable film for all performers involved, as it brings out some great performances for all the cast. It may however be quite hard to sit through due to the poor quality as it is shot in a a very bad quality black and white.

  • Feb 20, 2010

    79/100. Powerfully acted by the entire cast, with Angela Lansbury standing out. John Frankenheimer's direction is excellent, very finely written and with very rich characterizations. Fine pace, good cinematography. Dysfunctional family movies aren't just a product of the 90's and 00's.

    79/100. Powerfully acted by the entire cast, with Angela Lansbury standing out. John Frankenheimer's direction is excellent, very finely written and with very rich characterizations. Fine pace, good cinematography. Dysfunctional family movies aren't just a product of the 90's and 00's.

  • Feb 20, 2010

    79/100. Powerfully acted by the entire cast, with Angela Lansbury standing out. John Frankenheimer's direction is excellent, very finely written and with very rich characterizations. Fine pace, good cinematography. Dysfunctional family movies aren't just a product of the 90's and 00's.

    79/100. Powerfully acted by the entire cast, with Angela Lansbury standing out. John Frankenheimer's direction is excellent, very finely written and with very rich characterizations. Fine pace, good cinematography. Dysfunctional family movies aren't just a product of the 90's and 00's.

  • Dec 24, 2009

    An interesting early failure from John Frankenheimer.

    An interesting early failure from John Frankenheimer.

  • Aug 24, 2009

    Outstanding cast & superior material exploring the angst of the American family in the early 1960s in Cleveland, Ohio. Angela Lansbury, only 39 at the time, plays an overbearing mother of two very different sons. With Karl Malden, Warren Beatty, & Brandon deWilde.

    Outstanding cast & superior material exploring the angst of the American family in the early 1960s in Cleveland, Ohio. Angela Lansbury, only 39 at the time, plays an overbearing mother of two very different sons. With Karl Malden, Warren Beatty, & Brandon deWilde.

  • Aug 23, 2009

    This was pretty hilarious. I don't think it was meant to be a comedy, though. Everything was so predictable; it pretty much follows the formula of the serious 50's and early 60's dysfunctional family dramas without really bothering to make the characters or their actions particularly believable. But all that aside, I don't think you can even make a serious movie about a character named Berry-Berry. I mean seriously, what disturbed people would name their son that? It sounds like a chewing gum flavor. I don't know how the actors could keep a straight face saying that name. Very dramatic moments were pretty much ruined by people shouting the name "Berry-Berry!!" This is a lesson to serious realistic playwrights everywhere.

    This was pretty hilarious. I don't think it was meant to be a comedy, though. Everything was so predictable; it pretty much follows the formula of the serious 50's and early 60's dysfunctional family dramas without really bothering to make the characters or their actions particularly believable. But all that aside, I don't think you can even make a serious movie about a character named Berry-Berry. I mean seriously, what disturbed people would name their son that? It sounds like a chewing gum flavor. I don't know how the actors could keep a straight face saying that name. Very dramatic moments were pretty much ruined by people shouting the name "Berry-Berry!!" This is a lesson to serious realistic playwrights everywhere.