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

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A Little Blessing In Disguise.


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Rated R for some violent images | See all certifications »

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30 May 2008 (USA)  »

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

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$2,280,348 (USA) (1 January 2010)
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The horses used by the Bandit and his crew in many scenes are of the Marwari breed, native only to the deserts of India, and known for their distinctive "lyre or scimitar"-shaped ears. See more »

Goofs

When Alexandria brings Roy the communion wafer she takes a big bite leaving nothing but a sliver left but in the next shot she offers the rest to Ron and it is much bigger than it was when she took a bite. See more »

Quotes

Roy Walker: It won't take long, just go outside and touch one of my toes.
Alexandria: Okay.
[gets off of Roy's bed and goes outside the curtain surrounding it]
Alexandria: I am touching your little toe.
Roy Walker: No, please, please don't tell which toe your touching, I gotta guess. That's the whole point of the game.
Alexandria: [touches on of his little toes] I'm touching one... I'm touching one.
Roy Walker: [guessing] You're touching my big toe.
Alexandria: [she switches to his big toe] Mmhmm.
Roy Walker: Are you telling the truth?
Alexandria: Mmhmm. Look! Really!
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Featured in Wanderlust (2008) See more »

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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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