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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Alexandria
... Nurse Evelyn / Sister Evelyn
... Roy Walker / Masked Bandit
Kim Uylenbroek ... Doctor / Alexander the Great
Aiden Lithgow ... Alexander's Messenger
... Walt Purdy
Ronald France ... Otto
Andrew Roussouw ... Mr. Sabatini
Michael Huff ... Dr. Whitaker
... Father Augustine
... Alexandria's Father / Black Bandit
Robin Smith ... Luigi / One Legged Actor
... Indian / Orange Picker
... Darwin / Orderly
... 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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30 May 2008 (USA)  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$79,611, 11 May 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,280,348, 1 January 2010
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This movie is inspired by the Bulgarian movie Yo ho ho (1981). See more »

Goofs

When Alexandria is sitting on Roy's bed after talking to him about the Eucharist, one of the bows in her hair disappears and reappears between shots. See more »

Quotes

Roy Walker: It was the natural order of things... all things must die.
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References Knife in the Water (1962) 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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Beautiful, moving and surprisingly accessible
6 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

I saw this film in the Toronto Film Festival and was somewhat surprised by how much I enjoyed it, and the extent to which I was engaged in the reality that it creates. Catinca Untaru's performance is heartwarming and completely captivating, a truly lovable child-star whose appeal is based upon her authenticity and talent as opposed to her ability to bat her eyelids or wrinkle her nose. Her relationship with Roy (Lee Pace) is touching to behold and more importantly, entirely believable. Of course, as expected with Tarsem Singh as a director the film is visually stunning, featuring Baraka-like eye candy, which in itself deserves rave reviews and as a subsidiary to the story creates something quite spectacular. The use of worldwide locations allowed Tarsem to share some truly beautiful images with the viewers, and teamed with Catinca's acting left the audience as putty in his hands, laughing and crying as he wished.


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