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The Falls (2003)

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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 »







Credited cast:
David Marx
Jennifer Barnes
Robin Stevens
Ken Dapper ...
Detective Allen Crane
Steve Briscoe ...
Detective Kevin O'Keefe
Scott Pierson
David Kampman ...
Ethan Barnes
Daniel Munro
Jill Moray ...
Evelyn Gilvray
Nelson Starr ...
Marcia Wade ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eric Crossan ...
Barnes' Bodyguard "Nick"
Paul DeNigris ...
Barnes Mansion forensics officer


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.


Thriller | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and some sexuality


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Release Date:

29 October 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

American Falls  »

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$75,000 (estimated)

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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 »


John: Fuckin' love these Glocks, man. Throw 'em on the ground, kick 'em, whatever. They never go off accidentally.
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Referenced in Everything Works Out: The Making of 'The Falls' (2005) See more »

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no, not a typical day in a typical life
24 July 2007 | by (Calumet, Mich.) – See all my reviews

Although I don't go all gaga over film noir thrillers, I enjoy them o.k. in general. However there's not one second, while watching The Falls, that the viewer is not thinking, "I'm watching a film noir movie," and I did grow to find that rather annoying. I dislike 99% of soundtrack music but I usually try to ignore it. That however is impossible with this movie.

OK, what about everything else? Well, it is a well-crafted and well-acted (except maybe the fight scenes) flick. If you love film noir thrillers, like redheaded babes (for guys) or this type of male (for gals), like jazz music with some rap music thrown in, like film festival selections (as opposed to the standard Hollywood pap), and like seeing a different setting than Los Angeles or New York City, then you may well enjoy this. The characters did all have the typical failing of acting stupidly (as is even commented on, by the narrator) but the multiple twists at the end were rather fun. Unlike with most films, I got the impression that everyone involved was trying to make the best movie they could, rather than simply the most money possible. And at least after watching The Falls, I didn't end up with the feeling that I'd wasted my time, as I often do with (random) DVDs that I borrow.

As for the DVD, I learned plenty, from the behind the scenes feature, which I wouldn't have realized about the making of the movie otherwise. The movie's bonus commentary track also was interesting and enlightening (which often isn't the case.)

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