Response to Peary’s Review:
I tend to be suspicious of movies centered on charismatic nonconformists; it’s too obvious that audience members are supposed to root for the “underdog”. Fortunately, this isn’t a problem with Gene Wilder’s “Quackser Fortune” (so nicknamed because he used to quack like a duck as a child), whose individuality comes across as genuine and utterly lacking in derivative pathos. As Peary notes, this “offbeat and amiable” film features “fine performances by the two leads”, and is helped by the “unexpected touch” of having Quackser “benefit from the relationship [with Kidder] rather than feeling self-pity or animosity toward her.” Quackser remains a true individual until the end, refusing to be put down by anyone of any class.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- An uncharacteristically subdued performance by Gene Wilder
- Eileen Colgen as the lonely spinster who is disappointed when Quackser no longer stops by for tea and sex
- Fine cinematography of pre-EU Dublin
No, though it’s a delightfully unusual movie and well worth checking out, especially for Gene Wilder fans.