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

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

In the theatrical poster there's also a reference to "Burning Giraffe", by Salvador Dali, with the burning chariot at the right of the poster. See more »

Goofs

When Roy is telling Alexandria about being a movie stunt man, during one shot, Roy's head is up, but in the subsequent shot, his head is back, leaning against the backboard. See more »

Quotes

Roy Walker: [finishing the story, both he and Alexandria are crying] He can't win. That's because our masked bandit is a coward. Yeah. He never took an oath, he's a fake. He's a liar and a coward.
Alexandria: You're lying.
Roy Walker: No. He had his fingers crossed. He has to die.
Alexandria: I don't believe you.
Roy Walker: He's dying.
Alexandria: Don't kill him.
Roy Walker: There's nothing left for him.
Alexandria: His daughter.
Roy Walker: He wasn't her father, either.
Alexandria: She loves him.
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Features Never Weaken (1921) 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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Remarkable
16 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you have not seen, or in fact, heard, of this movie, let me be the first to tell you about it.

This was and is the sort of experience that first enraptured and astounded me as regards to the movies. A story told in such a way as to become a part of your awareness, a gentle reminder of the fantastic, mythical and magical components of what is best in humanity whilst not forgetting what it means to be human.

Breathtaking does not even begin to describe the cinematography. The colors, the framing, costumes, lighting, and the backdrops are gorgeous; like something out of a dream. If this was just a visually moving film, that would be enough but there is so much more.

Tarsem Singh's direction is possessed. He manages to capture a kaleidoscope of emotion as diverse and generous as the tones and colors that deliver this movable feast for the eyes. His motley casting of relatively unknown actors is inspiring and refreshing.

The acting is extraordinary. Both poignant and comical, this journey of heartbreak and revenge, of discovery and friendship is conveyed with joy, witticism, curiosity and a vulnerability that is so rare in life, never mind in movies, it left me humbled. Especially the young Romanian girl, Catinca Untaru, who, not only made her big screen debut in this movie but is the heart and soul of the film in a breakthrough performance that I am sure will garner rave reviews.

It is my sincerest hope that you find this movie as emotive, tender and touching as I.


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