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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Catinca Untaru ...
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Nurse Evelyn / Sister Evelyn
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Roy Walker / Masked Bandit
Kim Uylenbroek ...
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
Emil Hostina ...
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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Storyline

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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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

A miscommunication between the casting agent and Catinca Untaru led her to believe that Lee Pace was a real-life paraplegic. Director Tarsem Singh found that this brought an added level of believability to their dialogue, so he decided to keep almost the entire cast and crew under the same impression. Singh had to speak to the actor playing Alexandria's father and explain that his role was smaller than it appeared, since the script implied that he played the role of the bandit (actually played by Pace) in the fantasy scenes. Apparently it was hard to keep up the lie - a makeup artist walked into a room to find Pace standing and almost passed out from shock. See more »

Goofs

When Alexandria is making shadows on the wall with her fingers while waiting outside Roy's door, she is using her right hand when we see her hand from inside Roy's room, but in the next shot, in the hallway, she is using her left hand. See more »

Quotes

Blue Bandit: I will destroy him. And every Spanish thing.
Alexandria: I thought he was Spanish.
Roy Walker: [covering for himself] No... he was French...
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Features One Week (1920) See more »

Soundtracks

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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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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