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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.

Director:

Tarsem Singh (as Tarsem)

Writers:

Dan Gilroy (screenplay), Nico Soultanakis (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Catinca Untaru ... Alexandria
Justine Waddell ... Nurse Evelyn / Sister Evelyn
Lee Pace ... Roy Walker / Masked Bandit
Kim Uylenbroek Kim Uylenbroek ... Doctor / Alexander the Great
Aiden Lithgow Aiden Lithgow ... Alexander's Messenger
Sean Gilder ... Walt Purdy
Ronald France Ronald France ... Otto
Andrew Roussouw Andrew Roussouw ... Mr. Sabatini
Michael Huff Michael Huff ... Dr. Whitaker
Grant Swanby ... Father Augustine
Emil Hostina ... Alexandria's Father / Black Bandit
Robin Smith Robin Smith ... Luigi / One Legged Actor
Jeetu Verma ... Indian / Orange Picker
Leo Bill ... Darwin / Orderly
Marcus Wesley ... 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 sumptuous tale of mythology and magic. See more »


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Rated R for some violent images | See all certifications »

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USA | South Africa | India

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English | Romanian | Latin

Release Date:

30 May 2008 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$79,611, 11 May 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,280,348, 1 January 2010
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Darwin's monkey "Wallace" is a reference to the naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace who independently developed the idea of natural selection. Darwin and Wallace presented the theory together, but due to the publication of "On the Origin of Species" Darwin usually gets sole credit for the theory. The scene on Butterfly Island when Darwin closes Wallace in the sack and says " we.... I have an idea" alludes to him taking sole credit for ideas that were not completely his own. 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

Doctor: [suspicious Alexandria is not translating correctly for her mother] Alexandria, did she just ask me a question?
Alexandria: No, it's just how we talk.
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Connections

References Knife in the Water (1962) 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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Amazing in its independence and purity.
3 January 2008 | by uss-kelvinSee all my reviews

It had seven days of delay - being promised to be released on December 27th, it got in theaters only by January 3rd. It wasn't that much of a delay, but it bothered. Anyway, I have just seen it and boy was I amazed. Imagine "300"'s picture having one of the deepest plots that have ever been made and having the independence that even the most indiest indie film would have times ten. Imagine the stories that you made up and lived in under the blanket of your bed at night when your parents were asleep. Imagine that you still have an imagination of a child and an experience of a grown-up who had been struck by the truth that usually breaks people's dreams and illusions. This is "The Fall". Honestly, I have never seen anything like this before. Being all obsessed with movies and watching every single one that seems interesting, I have never ever seen such power and independence in a film. Independent films usually have their common indie feel - a crooky picture that shows protest to all the camera glamour that most of Hollywood films have, lack of dialogues filled with deep thoughtful pauses and this pretentiousness that screams "this is a masterpiece protest to Hollywood!". Hell no - "The Fall" has nothing of that at all. Having a breathtakingly gorgeous picture, it has smart dialogues and striking truth that is being told by a broken man to a little dreamful girl. This is not a protest - this is just a story one man named Tarsem had courage to tell. I may call it a genius piece of cinematography, a masterpiece and something like that, but loud words like these doesn't fit this experience that you will have to encounter by yourself. Believe me, you won't find the right words to describe the feel that you will have after watching this one.


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