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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:
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 <>

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)  »

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?


Jeetu Verma (the Indian) owned most of the horses used in the film. His stables are based in Mumbai. See more »


When Alexandria is sitting on Roy's bed after talking to him about the Eucharist, one of the bows in her hair disappears and reappears between shots. See more »


Alexandria: [crying as Roy finishes the story] Why are you making everyone die?
Roy Walker: Because... everything dies
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References Baraka (1992) See more »


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

Visually spectacular and emotionally engaging
6 January 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Fall is a charming, fantastical story with a haunting undertone and features the most endearing child actress since Jacques Doillon's Ponette... what more could a film boast? Moreover, this film could be watched on mute and still make a lasting impression on the viewer through its striking imagery. The Fall is the story of Alexandria, an injured immigrant child wandering the hospital where she is being treated. The viewer is drawn, with Alexandria into a dark and extravagant world through the story of a maimed stuntman who she befriends. The skilled interaction between the finely divided reality and fantasy is reminiscent of David Cronenberg's eXistenZ. I can not recommend this film any more strongly.

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