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Fallen (1998)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  16 January 1998 (USA)
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Homicide detective John Hobbes witnesses the execution of serial killer Edgar Reese. Soon after the execution the killings start again, and they are very similar to Reese's style.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles' Killer
Ronn Munro ...
Mini Golf Owner
Cynthia Hayden ...
Society Woman
Society Man
Tony Michael Donnelly ...
Tara Carnes ...
Teenage Girl


Det. John Hobbes is convinced that when killer Edgar Reese is executed, all of his troubles are over. But when people he knows and people on the street start to sing the same tune that Reese sang in the gas chamber, and those same people taunt him, he is told that maybe the cursed fallen angel Azazel is behind it all. Azazel is cursed to roam the Earth without a form, and he can switch bodies by any contact, making him hard to track. When Hobbes is forced to kill a man possessed by Azazel, he must clear his name while protecting his family and others from the evil, vengeful Azazel. Written by Ben Borg <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Detective John Hobbes is searching for a criminal he's already met... already caught... and already killed. See more »

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 January 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Poseídos  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$10,401,566 (USA) (16 January 1998)


£981,247 (UK) (27 March 1998)

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In the original screenplay, the role of Gretta Milano (Embeth Davidtz) was originally two characters - Gretta and an elderly sage named Maude who knew much more about Azazel than Gretta. In this version of the story, the cabin in the woods scene was Maude's home. See more »


Amount of snow on Hobbes' hair and jacket when he is lying on ground at the end. See more »


[first lines]
Azazel: I wanna tell you about the time I almost died...
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A supernatural thriller with a great story!
29 January 2005 | by (Groningen, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

The great cast already hints at it, "Fallen" is a great movie.

Best way to watch this movie is to not know too much about it. Just pick up the movie and let it surprise you. It's like "Identity", the less you know about it, the better.

Director Gregory Hoblit is a great and underrated director. He knows how to get the maximum out of everything. He also directed the movies "Primal Fear" and "Frequency" and much acclaimed television series episodes for "Hill Street Blues", "L.A. Law" and "NYPD Blue".

Really great about the movie is the story by Nicholas Kazan (yes, indeed the son of...). It's supernatural but it still knows how to remain believable and realistic. The viewer never knows what he is going to get and what will happen next. This is why it is best not to know too much about this movie's story before viewing it for the first time. All of the story its surprises will work better this way.

A bit of an forgotten underrated movie.


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