Deadfall

Deadfall

Director: Bryan Forbes

Cast: Bryan Forbes, Michael Caine, Giovanna Ralli, Eric Portman

     
 

In this clunky suspense film, straining to be Hitchcockian, Michael Caine plays recovered alcoholic Henry Clarke, who finds himself enticed into the home of Fe Moreau (Giovanna Ralli), where he discovers an unusual arrangement -- apparently Fe Moreau would rather engage in a relationship with an ex-alcoholic than her husband Richard (Eric Portman). Seems Richard is an… See more details below

Overview

In this clunky suspense film, straining to be Hitchcockian, Michael Caine plays recovered alcoholic Henry Clarke, who finds himself enticed into the home of Fe Moreau (Giovanna Ralli), where he discovers an unusual arrangement -- apparently Fe Moreau would rather engage in a relationship with an ex-alcoholic than her husband Richard (Eric Portman). Seems Richard is an out-of-the-closet homosexual, complete with a young Spanish stud (Carlos Pierre) as a plaything. The staid home life heats up to a boil when the three misfits decide to steal jewels from a rich playboy.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
An attempt to be daring, modern and "with it," even in 1968 Deadfall came across as tired, confused and dull. Director Bryan Forbes, who is capable of stylish, interesting genre work, is very much off form here; his attempts to ape Hitchcock fall quite flat, and much of the time he seems to be struggling just to get information from his convoluted screenplay across. There's a 23-minute sequence involving Michael Caine and Eric Portman attempting a heist, intercut with shots of Renata Tarrago on the guitar, that seems to have been lifted from Topkapi, but without the earlier film's ingenuity and skill; here, all it does is bring things to a dead, interminable halt. (Being largely silent, however, it does give the audience a break from the awkward dialogue.) Caine gives one of his least inspired performances, although admittedly Forbes the screenwriter has given him little to work with. Portman comes across slightly better, but nobody here can be said to be doing good work.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/17/2006
UPC:
0024543377399
Original Release:
1968
Rating:
R
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:00:00

Special Features

The John Barry Touch - The Music of a Master featurette; Original theatrical trailer; Isolated score and sfx audio track

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Caine Henry Clarke
Giovanna Ralli Fe Moreau
Eric Portman Richard Moreau
Nanette Newman Girl
David Buck Salinas
Carlos Pierre Antonio
Renata Tarrago Guitar Soloist
John Barry Symphony Conductor
Carmen Dene Masseuse
George Ghent Stresemann
Philip Madoc Bank Manager
Emilio Rodriguez Inspector Ballastero
Leonard Rossiter Fillmore
Geraldine Sherman Delgado's Receptionist
Vladek Sheybal Dr. Delgado
Santiago Rivero Armed Guard

Technical Credits
Bryan Forbes Director,Screenwriter
John Barry Score Composer,Songwriter
Bill Daniels Sound/Sound Designer
Julie Harris Costumes/Costume Designer
John Jympson Editor
Jack Lawrence Songwriter
Paul Monash Producer
Basil Newall Makeup
Jack Rix Associate Producer
José Lopez Rodero Asst. Director
Ray Simm Art Director,Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Donald Toms Production Manager
Gerry Turpin Cinematographer
Freddie Williamson Makeup

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Deadfall
1. Main Titles/Rehab [:13]
2. Mysterious Visitor [7:47]
3. Birds of a Feather [:59]
4. Common Interests [3:59]
5. Background Check [2:52]
6. Sexual Attraction [1:48]
7. Jewel Thieves [4:15]
8. Planning the Heist [3:22]
9. Over the Wall [:42]
10. Climbing to the Window [2:53]
11. Deft Fingers [2:03]
12. Cracking the Safe [1:55]
13. Henry's Determination [2:54]
14. Race Against Time [5:21]
15. Liaison [4:17]
16. Fe's Gift to Henry [2:07]
17. Waiting at Home [:32]
18. Leave Him [3:56]
19. Don't Be Cross [3:12]
20. Costume Ball [2:22]
21. Richard's Past [1:29]
22. Divorce Her [3:36]
23. No Pity [3:28]
24. Private Party [1:48]
25. The Ugly Truth [1:51]
26. Rich Man's Games [4:36]
27. Deadfall [:15]
28. Last Rites/End Titles [2:36]

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