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The Fall (2006)

In a hospital on the outskirts of 1920s Los Angeles, an injured stuntman begins to tell a fellow patient, a little girl with a broken arm, a fantastic story of five mythical heroes. Thanks to his fractured state of mind and her vivid imagination, the line between fiction and reality blurs as the tale advances.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nurse Evelyn / Sister Evelyn
Roy Walker / Masked Bandit
Kim Uylenbroek ...
Aiden Lithgow ...
Alexander's Messenger
Walt Purdy
Ronald France ...
Andrew Roussouw ...
Mr. Sabatini
Michael Huff ...
Dr. Whitaker
Father Augustine
Alexandria's Father / Black Bandit
Robin Smith ...
Luigi / One Legged Actor
Indian / Orange Picker
Darwin / Orderly
Otta Benga / Ice Delivery Man


At a Los Angeles hospital in the 1920s, Alexandria is a child recovering from a broken arm. She befriends Roy Walker, a movie stunt man with legs paralyzed after a fall. At her request, Roy tells her an elaborate story about six men of widely varied backgrounds who are on a quest to kill a corrupt provincial governor. Between chapters of the story, Roy inveigles Alexandria to scout the hospital's pharmacy for morphine. As Roy's fantastic tale nears its end, Death seems close at hand. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A sumptuous tale of mythology and magic. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violent images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 May 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$79,611 (USA) (9 May 2008)


$2,280,348 (USA) (1 January 2010)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film was shot in 28 countries for four years. According to the director no stages were ever used, only existing locations. See more »


There is a 50-star U.S. flag flying on hospital. The movie is set in the 1920s, but the 50-star flag wasn't adopted until 1960. See more »


Roy Walker: [as he is about to try to overdose with morphine pills] When I fall asleep. You have to go.
Alexandria: Why?
Roy Walker: Because I don't want you to see me like this.
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Features One Week (1920) See more »


Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92, II. Allegretto
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra-Sif 309, conducted by Deian Pavlov
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Fantasy and Reality Entwined
2 May 2010 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In the beginning of the Twentieth Century, in the pediatric wing of a hospital in Los Angeles, the talkative five year-old girl Alexandria (Catinca Untaru) is recovering from a broken arm. Alexandria works with her family of immigrants in the harvest of oranges and she has just lost her father. When she meets the injured stuntman Roy Walker (Lee Pace) recovering from a fall and also brokenhearted with the loss of his girlfriend to the lead actor, he begins to tell a fantastic tale about six heroes and their common enemy, the hideous Governor Odious. Black Bandit that lost his brother Blue Bandit that was killed by Odious' men; the expert in explosives Luigi that was outcast in his town by Odious; the Indian that lost his gorgeous wife that was abducted by Odious; the former slave Otta Benga that lost his twin brother in the fields of Odious; Charles Darwin that receives a rare "Mistica Americana" butterfly killed by Odious; and Mystic that hated Odious that destroyed the fauna and flora of his lands, join forces to defeat the evil Odious. While Alexandria fantasizes the story projecting the images of her acquaintances in the characters, the heartsick Roy uses her innocence to ask the girl to still morphine and medicines from the dispensary for him to commit suicide.

"The Fall" is one of the most original films that I have recently watched. This adventure has a stunning opening sequence in black and white and slow motion with the Allegretto from Ludwig van Beethoven's (1770-1827) Symphony # 7 in A mayor, Opus 92 in the soundtrack. The story entwines reality and fiction, burring the situations in a certain moment, and may be understood in many layers; therefore this dramatic feature can also been seen by children and is a great family entertainment. The cinematography sets and locations are very beautiful and bright with intense use of colors. This is the type of movie that deserves to be watched more than once to have the full understanding of all situations. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Dublê de Anjo" ("Stunt of Angel")

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