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The Fall (1999)

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In Budapest, the aspirant writer Adam Ellis from New York lives with the also American Lisa Warrington in an apartment that belongs to her chief József Kovács that Lisa worships. Kovács is ... See full summary »


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Michael A. Walker (screenplay) (as Mike Walker)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
László Borbély László Borbély ... John
Antal Cserna Antal Cserna ... Zoltánn Szabó
Anita Deutsch Anita Deutsch ... Bara
Hélène de Fougerolles ... Márta Kiss
Soo Garay ... Jo
Kathleen Gati ... Justine (as Kati Gáti)
Zoltán Gera Zoltán Gera ... Concierge
Kim Huffman ... Lisa Warrington
Ibolya Kotilla Ibolya Kotilla ... Katalin
Ági Margitai Ági Margitai ... Éva (as Ági Margittai)
Kati Marton Kati Marton ... Hedvid
Jürgen Prochnow ... József Kovács
Tamás Puskás Tamás Puskás ... Guy
Philip Quast ... Bradley
Erika Sajgál ... Klára


In Budapest, the aspirant writer Adam Ellis from New York lives with the also American Lisa Warrington in an apartment that belongs to her chief József Kovács that Lisa worships. Kovács is a former communist and presently an entrepreneur hated by his compatriots. One day, a blonde is chased by two men in the subway and then on the streets; however she cuts the throat of one of them with a straight razor in a corridor in a building. Then she breaks in Adam's apartment to flee from the other man. She tries to seduce Adam and then she tells a strange story about her husband, her little daughter and Kovacs. Adam decides to help her but is the woman telling the truth? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Chased by secrets. Haunted by lies.



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Rated R for strong sexual content, violence and language | See all certifications »



Canada | Hungary | UK


Hungarian | English

Release Date:

25 January 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A bukás See more »

Filming Locations:

Budapest, Hungary

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An exciting thriller let down by a poor cast
14 September 2004 | by goodfella-8See all my reviews

An good thriller which in my opinion was let down by a slightly dubious cast and poor direction. While the script was a little obvious it seemed to have the potential for much more and I liked the premise of a foreigner out of his depth in a strange country and the central relationship that was bought together by this situation. I think the director however missed out on building the tense claustrophobic atmosphere that this should have been. This could have been partly due to the cinematography however, which, while starting out with very stylish exteriors, seemed to lose all sense of it's cinematic scope on the interiors.

I noticed that the script was based upon Michael Walker's original screenplay. Having recently seen some of his short work which seems to be doing very well at the moment I wonder what his original screenplay was like?

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