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710 Ratings

The Fallen Idol

Directed by Carol Reed
United Kingdom, 1948
Thriller, Mystery


Elegantly balancing suspense and farce, Carol Reed and Graham Greene’s tale of the fraught relationship between a boy and the beloved butler he suspects of murder is a delightfully macabre thriller of the first order and a visually and verbally dazzling knockout.

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The Fallen Idol Directed by Carol Reed

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

1948 | 2 wins including: Best Screenplay

Academy Awards

1950 | 2 nominations including: Best Director

National Board of Review

1949 | 3 wins including: Best Actor

BAFTA Awards

1949 | Winner: Best British Film

1949 | Nominee: Best Film from any Source

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