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1980 (UK) See more »
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The planet has been affected by a mysterious occurrence known as the Violent Unknown Event, or V.U.E... See more » | Add synopsis »
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1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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Repetitive, strange, fascinating, irritating, boring AND highly amusing, there is nothing quite like 'The Falls'! See more (18 total) »

Cast

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Peter Westley
Aad Wirtz
Michael Murray
Lorna Poulter
Patricia Carr
Adam Leys ... Narrator
Mary Howard
Sheila Canfield ... Narrator
Evelyn Owen
Hilary Thompson ... Narrator
Carole Meyer
Monica Hyde
Colleen Thomas
Neil Hopkins
Dewi Thomas
Peter Sacro
Keith Pendlebury
Robert Worby
Marcia Pendlebury

Stephen Quay

Timothy Quay
Tom Hunsinger
Martin Burrows ... Narrator
Maggie Palmer
Adejbo Nkasaggi
Maurice Tarplin (as Maurice Tarlin)
Patrick Whitney
Alicia Webb
Sandra Williams
Garry Morris
Richard Jenkins
Serena MacBeth ... Narrator
John Wilson
Leslie Wilson
Gabor Vernon
Rod Stoneman
Howard Milner
Aet Nyman
Teet Toome
Reeta Toome
Alfret Toome
Martin Pawky
Jeremy Tarling
Graham Jones
Chris Auty
Glyn Fielding
Chris Rodriquez
John Lea
Alice Skillings
Michelle Caborn
Simon Fea
Kenneth Breese
Edith Lazenby
Nigel Algar
Lucy Finch
Donald Lazenby
Terry Lansbury
Freida Jones
Pat Hopkins
Peter Sainsbury
Ian Lake
David Cowper
Sarah Cowper
Lucy Skeaping
Herbert Mullinger
Christine Metcalfe
Christopher Metcalfe
Lilian Mullinger
Marion Brame
Wendy Evans
Bob Godfrey ... G. Odfrey
Mick O'Connor
Reina James
Chris Thomas
Alderich Asonbryl
Dorothy Bradley
Udi Eichler
Cathy Lake
Dave Lawton
Brigitte Kahn
Glennys Williams
John W. Hyde (as John Hyde)
Christopher Williams
Gillian Tarlin
Russel Flint
J.J. Czipri
Lucia Apel
Molly Nyman
Rachel Penfold
Simon De Quincey

Peter Greenaway ... Interviewer
Colin Haap
Colin Berwick
Anthony Sloman ... Person (as Tony Sloman)
Peter Nage
Colin Cantlie ... Narrator
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cedric Pheasant

Directed by
Peter Greenaway 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Peter Greenaway 

Original Music by
Michael Nyman 
 
Cinematography by
Mike Coles 
John Rosenberg 
 
Film Editing by
Peter Greenaway 
 
Sound Department
Tony Anscombe .... dubbing mixer
Mick Audsley .... sound
Malcolm Hirst .... sound
Dave Lawton .... sound
Digby Rumsey .... sound
Diana Ruston .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
David Bough .... assistant camera
Glynn Fielding .... grip
Donald Lazenby .... still photographer
Tex Ledcote .... additional camera operator
Michael Nyman .... still photographer
David Scott .... assistant camera
Andrew Speller .... assistant camera
Bert Walker .... camera operator: rostrum camera
Francine Winham .... additional camera operator
 
Music Department
Rory Allam .... musician
Brian Eno .... composer: additional music
Barbara Grant .... musician
Ben Grove .... musician
Ian Mitchell .... musician
Michael Nyman .... conductor
Michael Nyman .... musician
Keith Pendlebury .... composer: additional music (as Kieth Pendlbury)
Steve Saunders .... musician
Lucy Skeaping .... musician
Doug Wootton .... musician
 
Thanks
Kenneth Breese .... special acknowledgment
Bernie Brown .... special acknowledgment
David Cowper .... special acknowledgment
 

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195 min
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The recurrences of the number 92 throughout the film (the number of VUE victims, the number of artificial languages, etc.) was partly intended as a homage to composer 'Cage, John''s "Indeterminacy," which Greenaway believed contained 92 stories. Cage later informed the director that there were only 90 sections and was much amused by Greenaway's error.See more »
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References Only Angels Have Wings (1939)See more »

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8 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Repetitive, strange, fascinating, irritating, boring AND highly amusing, there is nothing quite like 'The Falls'!, 4 March 2003
Author: Infofreak from Perth, Australia

I must admit I find most of Peter Greenaway's movies to be too much hard work. They are usually visually stunning but ultimately too cerebral and contrived for my taste. However I was pleasantly surprised with 'The Falls', his little seen feature length debut. This is one mighty strange movie, even by Greenaway's standards! A mockumentary concerning the mysterious and unexplained "Violent Unknown Event", or V.U.E. Approximately 92 short biographies of V.U.E. victims are presented, the people being selected in alphabetical order, surnames beginning with "Fall", hence the title. We never quite know what the V.U.E. is other than it tends to make people exposed to it mutate, speak previously unknown languages, and become obsessed with birds, flying and/or water. The film goes for over three hours and very few viewers will be able to watch it in one sitting without being driven slightly bonkers. Monty Python fans will probably "get" it as much as postmodernist artheads, but beware it isn't easy viewing, and requires some perseverance. Greenaway says fast forwarding is acceptable. I say almost obligatory! I watched it in three or four sittings, and when interrupted for a minute or two kept the tape running. You really have to watch this profoundly eccentric movie to understand why it's not the kind of conventional narrative that demands your complete and utter attention. At times I was bored almost to tears, at other points almost angry at the pointlessness of it all, but then on the other hand at certain sections you almost get into a Zen-like state and the whole thing becomes fascinating. And I must point at it is often very, very funny. Finishing 'The Falls', even with breaks, was a pretty exhausting experience, and not one I'm in a hurry to repeat, but it's a movie I'm glad I watched, and I recommend it to anyone looking for something (completely) different.

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