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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 / Red 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 / Blue 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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hospital | girl | governor | indian | bandit | See more »

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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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The name of the production company, Googly, is from a term for a delivery in cricket. This can be seen by the use of red circles in the company logo. See more »

Goofs

Early in the movie, in the scene where the brothers are riding across the Charles Bridge in Prague, present-day city buses are clearly visible to the right, on the far side of the river. See more »

Quotes

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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Referenced in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.18 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92, II. Allegretto
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by The Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Deian Pavlov
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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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