Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx

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." ...
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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."
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/24/2003
  • UPC: 089859821622
  • Original Release: 1970
  • Rating:

  • Source: Vci Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Vistavision (1.66:1)
  • Presentation: Letterbox
  • Sound: Dolby Digital
  • Time: 1:28:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 35,304

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gene Wilder Quackser Fortune
Margot Kidder Zazel Pierce
Eileen Colgan Betsy Bourke
Seamus Ford Mr. Fortune
May Ollis Mrs. Fortune
Charles Byrne Blacksmith
Robert Carrickford Walter
Martin Crosbie Policeman
Danny Cummins Men in Pub
Liz Davis Kathleen Fortune
Tony Doyle Mike
Julie Hamilton Charlady
John Hoey Hall Porter
Jeremy Jones Student
David Kelly Tom Maguire
John Kelly Tim
Brendan Mathews Attendant
Marjorie McHenry Elaine Boland
Paul Murphy Damien
Lillian Rapple Woman
Cecil Sheehan Coal Merchant
Patrick Smyth Man at Foundry
Robert Somerset
Liam Sweeney
Robert Sweeney
Caroline Tully Vera Fortune
Technical Credits
Waris Hussein Director
Herbert Smith Art Director
Gilbert Taylor Cinematographer
Michael Dress Score Composer
Gabriel Walsh Screenwriter
Bill Blunden Editor
John H. Cushingham Producer
Sidney Glazier Producer
Mel Howard Producer
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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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Side #1
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   Gene Wilder
   Margot Kidder
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