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The Falls (2003)

R  |   |  Thriller, Drama  |  29 October 2003 (USA)
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In a smoke-filled dive in Buffalo, NY, David Marx tells us his tale of obsession, betrayal, and murder - leading him to an uncertain fate "underneath Niagara Falls." David tells us how his ... See full summary »

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David Marx
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Jennifer Barnes
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Robin Stevens
Ken Dapper ...
Detective Allen Crane
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Scott Pierson
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Ethan Barnes
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Evelyn Gilvray
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In a smoke-filled dive in Buffalo, NY, David Marx tells us his tale of obsession, betrayal, and murder - leading him to an uncertain fate "underneath Niagara Falls." David tells us how his beautiful redheaded ex-girlfriend, Jennifer Barnes, has disappeared and how he ended up the guardian of the 2.5 million dollars that "was supposed to have bought Jen's safety." Three nights ago, David finds police detectives Crane and O'Keefe trashing his apartment. Taking him to Police Headquarters, they interrogate David about Jennifer's disappearance, and Crane - in the name of Jen's father, the rich and powerful Ethan Barnes - brutalizes poor David in hopes of getting a confession out of him. When falsely accused, what's a film noir hero to do but search for the truth himself? Written by Paul DeNigris

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Obsession kills.

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Thriller | Drama

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Rated R for violence, language and some sexuality
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29 October 2003 (USA)  »

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American Falls  »

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The "Cave of the Winds" which features so prominently in the film's climax does not actually exist. The real Cave suffered a partial collapse in the 1920s and was demolished totally in 1955. In the film however, Ethan Barnes' foundation is footing the bill for a massive restoration of the Cave and a number of characters meet there for the climactic showdown. The cave used for the film was a practical location called The Lockport Caves (located about 40 miles from Niagara Falls), and the filmmakers added their own water effects both on-camera and in postproduction through digital visual effects. There are about 100 visual effects shots in the Cave of the Winds sequence alone. See more »

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Bar Philosopher: You know the Underground Railroad ran through Buffalo?
Bar Philosopher (II): Underground Railroad? They can't even build a decent fucking subway.
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awful
7 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

This wannabe film noir is dreadful. First and foremost, there is WAY too much narration. Apparently the writer/ director worried that the audience wouldn't understand his derivative stab at a story, so in most scenes points are made visually while the narrator explains what we're seeing .. it's insulting to an audience and just plain awful filmmaking. At the Phoenix Film Festival the director introduced the movie (shot on DV), clearly proud of its "225 visual effects shots" -- which obviously took precedence over an actual story. Yes, guys, digital toys are fun, but don't make a movie just so you can play with them. Yuck.


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