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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

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 Little Blessing In Disguise. See more »


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Rated R for some violent images | See all certifications »

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USA | South Africa | India

Language:

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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Singh shot the hospital scenes with Catinca Untaru in chronological order. As filming progressed over the course of six weeks, she grew taller and her English improved, like her character would have in real life. She also lost her two front baby teeth right before shooting began, so filming in sequence allowed for the continuity of the gap between her teeth to remain consistent. See more »

Goofs

When Roy starts telling his first story about the soldier bringing a helmet with the last of their water to Alexander the Great, the soldier is clearly seen to be galloping on his horse without the helmet, but it magically appears as he dismounts. See more »

Quotes

Roy Walker: [to Alexandria] We're a strange pair, aren't we?
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Features One Week (1920) See more »

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Mystical Directions to Odious (Chak-Chak)
Written by Ketut Rina and Tarsem Singh (as Tarsem)
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If you liked Cinema Paradiso and the Princess Bride then you will also love this film.
25 September 2006 | by thekingoftaishoSee all my reviews

I saw this movie at the Toronto film festival, the Elgin Theater.

First off, it was nice to see a film where the director had complete creative control to execute his vision. This film does not suffer the fate of marketers or no talent Hollywood producers who think they are artist or visionaries.

If you liked Cinema Paradiso and the Princess Bride then you will also love this film. Tarsem's lavish imagery and fantastic locations create the atmosphere for an epic adventure, while the acting of Lee Pace, Justine Waddell and especially, Cantinca Untaru provide the drama and laughter.

First, Cantinca Untaru as Alexandria is superb. I normally avoid films with children as they are usually cheesy or groan worthy. Cantinca, however, is much like the little boy in Cinema Paradiso, a natural child. When Alexandria says things we believe her, when she does things it is her child like nature we are watching come out. There is nothing stiff or unnatural about this young actress and it is a great credit to Tarsem as a director that he was able to pull this level of acting from a child. While watching the movie, I was amazed at how Tarsem and Cantinca were able to move the audience from laughter to tears and back to laughter so fluidly. Lee Pace puts in an excellent show and does a great job as a suicidal patient in the hospital, but Cantinca is definitely the star of this show.

Tarsem has a great eye for location and he exhibits it well in this movie. It truly was shot all over the world. Along with all the great locations are the beautifully colorful costumes of fashion designer Eiko Ishioka. The costumes are larger than life and beautiful in their symbolism.

So having said all that, I would highly recommend this movie. This is one of those rare films that actually does have a bit of something for everyone yet keeps its integrity.


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