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The Fall (2006)

R  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Fantasy  |  30 May 2008 (USA)
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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:
Catinca Untaru ...
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 Little Blessing In Disguise.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violent images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 May 2008 (USA)  »

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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 director claims that there are no visual effects in the film despite its surreal looks. Everything was shot on real locations. However, there are about a dozen people credited as visual effects in the credits. 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: What's that?
Alexandria: Food.
Roy Walker: Where'd you get it?
Alexandria: The chapel.
[feeds him a communion wafer]
Roy Walker: I'm sorry I shouted at you. I was angry.
Alexandria: No problem.
Roy Walker: Are you trying to save my soul?
Alexandria: [not understanding] Hmm?
Roy Walker: Are you trying to save my soul? Do you understand me?
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Features Never Weaken (1921) See more »


Mystical Directions to Odious (Chak-Chak)
Written by Ketut Rina and Tarsem Singh (as Tarsem)
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User Reviews

Totally Blown AWAY .....
18 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was absolutely blown away. I absolutely had no idea really what this movie was about and I didn't do any research on it and met a friend to see this screening and I have to tell you THIS IS film MAKING!!! I loved every minute of it!!!! I don't know why it hasn't been released but this is one movie I have to have in my video library to watch and watch over again. Story telling at its ultimate highest. I was very impressed with Catinca Untaru "Alexandria", I would love to see more of her, very talented not to mention Lee Pace, you can tell they worked very well together. I can not wait to see this movie again. I felt the ending was closure. Dan Gilroy - you need to write more often-I just can't say enough about this film. The cinematography ....is just awesome. Please release this film, I wanna see it again.

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