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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 sumptuous tale of mythology and magic. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violent images | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | South Africa | India

Language:

English | Romanian | Latin

Release Date:

30 May 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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

The director claims that there are no visual effects in the film despite its surreal looks. Everything was shot on real locations. However, there are about a dozen people credited as visual effects in the credits. See more »

Goofs

When Governor Odious sends Charles Darwin the dead Americana Exotica butterfly, it's an iridescent blue color with no markings. When Wallace chases after and catches a live one, Darwin looks it over and claims this one is the Americana Exotica, even though this butterfly is orange with black and white markings, not shimmery blue like the first one. See more »

Quotes

Blue Bandit: I will destroy him. And every Spanish thing.
Alexandria: I thought he was Spanish.
Roy Walker: [covering for himself] No... he was French...
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Alternate Versions

For the UK version, some changes were made to remove footage from the archive cinema clips that involved real cruelty to horses, as this contravenes the UK's Cinematograph Films (Animals) Act 1937. See more »

Connections

Features The Counter Jumper (1922) See more »

Soundtracks

Mystical Directions to Odious (Chak-Chak)
Written by Ketut Rina and Tarsem Singh (as Tarsem)
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Visually spectacular and emotionally engaging
6 January 2007 | by shaansahotaSee all my reviews

The Fall is a charming, fantastical story with a haunting undertone and features the most endearing child actress since Jacques Doillon's Ponette... what more could a film boast? Moreover, this film could be watched on mute and still make a lasting impression on the viewer through its striking imagery. The Fall is the story of Alexandria, an injured immigrant child wandering the hospital where she is being treated. The viewer is drawn, with Alexandria into a dark and extravagant world through the story of a maimed stuntman who she befriends. The skilled interaction between the finely divided reality and fantasy is reminiscent of David Cronenberg's eXistenZ. I can not recommend this film any more strongly.


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