Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx

Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx

Director: Waris Hussein

Cast: Gene Wilder, Margot Kidder, Eileen Colgan

     
 

Quackser Fortune (Gene Wilder) is a carefree fertilizer merchant in Dublin. Something of a local "character," Quackser becomes the object of fascination for wealthy American visitor Zazel Pierce (Margot Kidder). At first, the radical differences in their stations in life make little difference to Quackser and Zazel, but before long she grows bored by his… See more details below

Overview

Quackser Fortune (Gene Wilder) is a carefree fertilizer merchant in Dublin. Something of a local "character," Quackser becomes the object of fascination for wealthy American visitor Zazel Pierce (Margot Kidder). At first, the radical differences in their stations in life make little difference to Quackser and Zazel, but before long she grows bored by his eccentricities. Humiliated by Zazel's rich friends at a fancy, dress ball, Quackser retreats to his old vocation of following the horses to gather his "wares." When his cousin in the Bronx passes away and leaves him a small inheritance, Quackser leaves Dublin, holding out hopes that now he will be an acceptable mate for Zazel. If this film were any more fey and quirky, it would be an episode of Northern Exposure. The rambling storyline is held together by the superb performance of Gene Wilder, who at this point in his career had not yet succumbed to "the cutes."

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Nathan Southern
Gene Wilder is at the peak of his charm in this genial, understated character comedy that won the heart of many a counterculture viewer in the early '70s, but still remains largely unknown. As Quackser Fortune, the Irish eccentric who clings to an anachronistic existence scooping up horse manure and selling it to Dublin garden owners for pocket change, Wilder climbs so deeply into character that all traces of the actor (and memories of his hyper-neurotic presence in other roles) disappear; this is some of his most mature and finely felt screen work. Director Waris Hussein seldom reaches for laugh-out-loud humor; instead, he pulls little flyspecks of sympathetic amusement from Quackser's behavior and speech patterns. More broadly, Hussein also strives, with great success, for a lingering, satisfying glow -- capped by the film's uplifting individualist spirit and its joyous denouement. On the negative end: as shot by Gilbert Taylor, the film suffers from a hideous aesthetic. Dublin may not be Aruba, but it still never looked so ghastly; mud and soot hang thick in the air throughout the film, and the palette consists mostly of grays, browns, and washed-out colors. Moreover, the film's poorly lit, slightly blurry exteriors and interiors suggest a shoddy production and a miniscule budget. (This may, in part, be attributable to the execrable VHS and DVD transfers of the film.) Luckily, these weaknesses cannot suppress the film's contagious inner vitality and its winning central character.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/24/2003
UPC:
0089859821622
Original Release:
1970
Rating:
PG
Source:
Vci Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Letterbox]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
1:28:00
Sales rank:
36,412

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gene Wilder Quackser Fortune
Margot Kidder Zazel Pierce
Eileen Colgan Betsy Bourke
Seamus Ford Mr. Fortune
May Ollis Mrs. Fortune
Liz Davis Kathleen Fortune
Caroline Tully Vera Fortune
David Kelly Tom Maguire
Tony Doyle Mike
John Kelly Tim
Robert Sweeney Actor
Robert Somerset Actor
Danny Cummins Men in Pub
Julie Hamilton Charlady
Cecil Sheehan Coal Merchant
Charles Byrne Blacksmith
Brendan Mathews Attendant
Lillian Rapple Woman
Jeremy Jones Student
John Hoey Hall Porter
Martin Crosbie Policeman
Marjorie McHenry Elaine Boland
Patrick Smyth Man at Foundry
Robert Carrickford Walter
Liam Sweeney Actor
Paul Murphy Damien

Technical Credits
Waris Hussein Director
Bill Blunden Editor
John H. Cushingham Producer
Michael Dress Score Composer
Sidney Glazier Producer
Herbert Smith Art Director
Mel Howard Producer
Gilbert Taylor Cinematographer
Gabriel Walsh Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Side #1
0. Scene Selection
1. Introduction [3:51]
2. The Daily Routine [6:42]
3. Cursed Automobiles [3:16]
4. Tea Time [1:49]
5. Walk in the Park [4:42]
6. Cavendish's [1:39]
7. McGuires's Toast [1:02]
8. Connecticut to Dublin [1:34]
9. My name is Hazel [4:56]
10. Ambassador Cinema [5:01]
11. Trinity College [2:55]
12. Mountian Drive [3:16]
13. No More Horses [5:16]
14. The Fight [3:31]
15. Dance at Trinity [9:56]
16. Room 214 [6:58]
17. She's Gone [2:42]
18. Horses In Dublin [4:08]
19. I'm Buying [4:34]
20. Foundry Job [3:00]
21. Bessie [1:59]
22. Inheritance [2:53]
23. The End [:38]

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