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The Fall (2006)

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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 <>

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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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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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Did You Know?


The magic word "Googly" that Alexandria repeats in the movie is also the name of the production company. See more »


Though the hospital scenes take place in Los Angeles, they actually shot in South Africa, which drives on the left side of the road. All the cars in the shots on location at the hospital have steering wheels on the right side of the car, revealing that they are not actually in LA. See more »


Alexandria: [crying as Roy finishes the story] Why are you making everyone die?
Roy Walker: Because... everything dies
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Referenced in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.18 (2011) See more »


Mystical Directions to Odious (Chak-Chak)
Written by Ketut Rina and Tarsem Singh (as Tarsem)
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Great Film
21 February 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Its been 5 days since i saw this film now, and I'm still thinking about it. It achieves an intense feeling of epic grandeur with its fantasy scenes, which are visually mesmerising. The casting was excellent, i thought the acting was very good, especially since all the actors/actresses are fairly unknown, especially the girl who plays Alexandria - an incredibly natural performance; this can probably be attributed to Tarsem's approach.

This film will make you laugh and cry simultaneously and has a profound effect on the viewer.

I actually found viewing it somewhat humbling, i just tried to appreciate it tot he best of my ability.

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