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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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Trivia

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 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

Darwin: Shoot, you animals. They'll pay you well for Darwin's hide.
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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 Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928) See more »

Soundtracks

Mystical Directions to Odious (Chak-Chak)
Written by Ketut Rina and Tarsem Singh (as Tarsem)
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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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