MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 82,311 this week

The Falling Man (1968)
"Quella carogna dell'ispettore Sterling" (original title)

6.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.1/10 from 30 users  
Reviews: 2 user | 2 critic

Add a Plot

Director:

(as Hal Brady)
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 48 titles
created 02 May 2011
 
a list of 81 titles
created 7 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Falling Man" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Falling Man (1968)

The Falling Man (1968) on IMDb 6.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Falling Man.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

After the Civil War ends, two soldiers return home with a cache of stolen money. They are caught by Union troops. One escapes, but the other is sent to prison for five years. When he gets ... See full summary »

Director: Carlo Lizzani
Stars: Thomas Hunter, Henry Silva, Dan Duryea
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

When a shipment of heroin disappears between Italy and New York, a small-time pimp in Milan is framed for the theft. Two professional hitmen are dispatched from New York to find him, but ... See full summary »

Director: Fernando Di Leo
Stars: Mario Adorf, Henry Silva, Woody Strode
Kidnap (1974)
Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

The kidnapping of a 6-year-old leads to a race against time between a Mafia hitman and a police commissioner. The mafioso then realizes the child must be saved in order to spare his own life.

Director: Giovanni Fago
Stars: Henry Silva, Rada Rassimov, Philippe Leroy
Foxbat (1977)
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

In Hong Kong, a Chinese cook swallows a microfilm by accident and becomes a target.

Directors: Po-Chih Leong, Terence Young
Stars: Vonetta McGee, Henry Silva, Rik Van Nutter
Matchless (1967)
Comedy | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A secret agent possesses a ring that makes him invisible for a short time, once every 10 hours. He is in pursuit of an evil criminal mastermind but, at the same time, must evade an enemy agent who also wants the ring.

Director: Alberto Lattuada
Stars: Patrick O'Neal, Ira von Fürstenberg, Donald Pleasence
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A Union soldier survives attempted murder to take revenge on three officers who betrayed his unit in battle.

Director: Sergio Garrone
Stars: Anthony Steffen, Paolo Gozlino, Luciano Rossi
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Director: Michele Massimo Tarantini
Stars: Antonio Sabato, Ettore Manni, Henry Silva
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Director: Andrea Bianchi
Stars: Henry Silva, Barbara Bouchet, Fausto Tozzi
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
Director: Jürgen Roland
Stars: Herbert Fleischmann, Henry Silva, Patrizia Gori
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Director: Daniel Vigne
Stars: Michel Constantin, Marcel Bozzuffi, Angelo Infanti
Drive Hard, Drive Fast (TV Movie 1973)
Drama | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A race-car driver finds himself in a romantic triangle and a machete-swinging stranger trying to kill him.

Director: Douglas Heyes
Stars: Brian Kelly, Joan Collins, Henry Silva
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
Director: Mino Guerrini
Stars: George Ardisson, Halina Zalewska, Günther Stoll
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
Inspector Sterling
Beba Loncar ...
Janet
...
Inspector Donald
Carlo Palmucci ...
Gary (as Charles Palmer)
...
O'Neil (as Paul Carey)
Luciano Rossi ...
Tippit (as Edward G. Ross)
Larry Dolgin ...
Kelly
...
Anne
Bob Molden ...
Rocky
Edit

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

7 August 1968 (France)  »

Also Known As:

The Falling Man  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Referenced in Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Discredited cop Henry Silva seeks the engineer of his frame-up
12 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There is an Italian version of this movie titled "Frame Up" that reportedly runs 93 minutes. The movie I watched is that one. My copy was titled "Frame Up" and ran just a minute or so longer than 93 minutes. The alternate version, not reviewed here, runs 85 minutes and is titled "The Falling Man". The "Falling Man" version is not only shorter but also edited to tell a very different story that appears to be inferior; its music and dubbing are also said to be inferior to the longer Italian version.

"Frame Up" is a tough film noir that features Henry Silva as a discredited cop who makes his way through a sometimes seedy and hostile San Francisco to find who was behind the suspicions cast on him as the supposed shooter of an informant. One critic notes the prevalence of wide-angle shots and nervous cuts. These mirror the intense distress and imbalance that Silva displays throughout.

Henry Silva has been the victim of an attempted frame-up. He wasn't convicted but he was removed from the police force. He continues to act like a cop in order to track down the person who engineered the killing and his frame-up. Not only that, but in an attempt on his life to stop his drive to prove his innocence, his little son was killed. Then his wife left him.

Told with flashbacks, the story falls into the pattern of a detective story with the ex-inspector having a tough time making headway and sometimes being intentionally frustrated by his unknown adversary.

The music score is good 70s accompaniment, a mixture of pop, jazz, jazzy-funk and occasional dance music.

Silva is fine in the role. He is especially effective when the story calls for him to move, to emote silently and to be non-verbal. In those sequences, which are fairly frequent, I think he's hard to be outdone by any actor of his time. He therefore brings this fairly routine story to life.

Another element helping the presentation is that it immerses us in his predicament without much exposition. We learn as we go along his back story and what he is doing. This keeps the story fresh, suspenseful and makes it move.

Supporting roles are handled believably and effectively by all concerned, including Keenan Wynn.

I see this film as being above average, lifted by Silva's performance, the script and eye-catching cinematography. Certainly, it's a more than adequate and satisfying detective-noir of its period.

In just a few short years in the 70s, Silva would become a major presence in Italian poliziotteschis. Because of this and this being a crime story that involves a frustrated cop, which is often the case in poliziotteschis, "Frame Up" becomes a precursor of that genre.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Falling Man (1968) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?