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The Sky Is Falling (1999)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 7 June 2001 (Australia)
A young woman, struggling to become a novelist, has her life go into a tailspin. Her first novel is rejected, her non-committal boy friend decides to take a powder, her best friend moves to... See full summary »


Florrie Laurence
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dedee Pfeiffer ... Emily Hall
Laura Leighton ... Amber Lee
Teri Garr ... Mona Hall
Howard Hesseman ... Yogi Cook
Bert Remsen ... Mr. Finch
Lorraine Toussaint ... Janie
Fran Bennett Fran Bennett ... Mrs. Quinn
Eric Close ... Mike
Ann LeSchander ... Regina
Toni Sawyer ... Mrs. Finch
Dan Bucatinsky ... Lab Technician
Audrey Gelfund Audrey Gelfund ... Grandma
Ron Litman Ron Litman ... Clyde
Stefan Marks ... Jerry
T.J. Thyne ... Kid


A young woman, struggling to become a novelist, has her life go into a tailspin. Her first novel is rejected, her non-committal boy friend decides to take a powder, her best friend moves to Mexico for an acting job, and her mother announces that her long presumed dead father is actually a hippie photographer who has come to town to meet her. Sinking into a depression at being a total failure at 28, she starts fantasizing about suicide. In her depths of despair she meets various eccentric characters including a chain-smoking Santa Claus and an obnoxious literary agent. But her belief in herself is only restored when she meets a patient in a hospital where she does volunteer work. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material including disturbing images | See all certifications »






Release Date:

7 June 2001 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Au bout du désespoir See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Bert Remsen's final film. See more »


References A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) See more »


God's Laughin'
Written by Stefan Marks
Performed by The Four Postmen
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Absolutely Magnificent
29 May 2002 | by BlondeScrnwriterSee all my reviews

Like the reviewer before me, I caught this treasure of a film on the WE channel. As a twenty something writer that has a knack for questioning her life, her ability and her relationships, I related to Dedee Pfeiffer's character so much that I found myself crying numerous times throughout the film. And I've only cried through maybe six films in my entire life.

It should be noted that some viewers just won't "get it", as mentioned before. However, if you've found yourself in that state of life where nothing you've done seems comparable to those around you and you can't seem to get a grip on the fact that it matters more what you think than others around you, not only is this film for you - it's a must see of the highest order.

Emily (Dedee Pfeiffer) is a struggling writer who feels she has finally reached the end of her rope. She has all the textbook symptoms: The boyfriend that is even more confused that she is, the mother who assures her that everything will be alright even though the walls seem to be crashing in around her and, on top of it all, she just can't seem to convince herself, nor anyone else, that she is a talented writer.

What we get instead of the "oh so familiar" romantic comedy is a moral dilemma of the highest order. If you died tomorrow, would you be happy with the life you have lived? As many found them asking themselves after 911, Emily must answer this question by the end of the movie as she all the while contemplates ending it all herself.

The performances in this jewel are top notch - Teri Garr as the eccentric mother, Howard Hesseman as the absent father and Eric Close as the confused, musician boyfriend.

It's absolutely necessary to see this film. Even if you come away with something not so grand as some of the other reviewers, you will at least have given yourself the chance to come away with something that might just change your life.

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