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Before the Fall (2016)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 30 May 2017 (USA)
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A re-imagining of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" set in modern day, rural Virginia with Elizabeth Bennet as a man. Ben Bennet is an affluent but seemingly arrogant attorney who ... See full summary »


Byrum Geisler


Jane Austen (novel), Byrum Geisler





Cast overview, first billed only:
Ethan Sharrett Ethan Sharrett ... Ben Bennett
Chase Conner Chase Conner ... Lee Darcy
Brandi Price ... Jane Gardiner
Jason Mac ... Chuck Bingley
Carol Marie Rinn Carol Marie Rinn ... Cathy Burge
Jonathan Horvath ... George Wickham
Bryan Pridgen Bryan Pridgen ... Kittner Frost
Daniel Wallen Daniel Wallen ... Lyle Jennings
Clayton Van Huss Clayton Van Huss ... Prosecutor
Garrett Jackson Garrett Jackson ... Judge Jakson
Wes Ross Wes Ross ... Bailiff
Lance Blaylock Lance Blaylock ... Policeman
Donnamarie Emmert Donnamarie Emmert ... Blind Lady
Donna Gayle Akers Donna Gayle Akers ... Cabo Lady
Sandy Schweingruber Sandy Schweingruber ... Receptionist


A re-imagining of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" set in modern day, rural Virginia with Elizabeth Bennet as a man. Ben Bennet is an affluent but seemingly arrogant attorney who unknowingly insults Lee Darcy, a detached factory worker wrongly charged with domestic abuse. Both men form an immediate dislike for each other which becomes a significant problem when Ben falls in love with Lee.

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A re-imagining of Pride and Prejudice.


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Jane Gardiner: I hope I'm not defined by the worst thing that I've ever done.
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Excellent: Subtle and Sophisticated Rendering
20 June 2017 | by johnfox-56042See all my reviews

I am 94 years old, born in 1923. In 1938, at the age of 15, I entered a major Ivy League university, graduating in 1941, something of a record at that time. On December 11, 1941, at 18 years of age, I joined the U.S. Navy because I was angry about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Because of my talent, education, personal ambition, and considerable political pull, I received a commission in the U.S. Navy, being assigned to Naval Intelligence. World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and thereafter saw me retire at the rank of Naval Captain. Through it all, twice I was shot up pretty good, and twice I was told by doctors -- in effect -- that I was a hard man to kill, followed of course by what we would now call PTSD and very bad memories, but not to forget those endlessly repeated very bad dreams experienced to this day.

The good news is that you seldom find a senior career intelligence officer and combat ship captain in retirement who is poor. The skills, experience, knowledge and insights acquired, and priceless personal contacts thereby garnered frequently transfer favorably to the world of business.

Which brings me to "Before the Fall" (2016), written and directed by Byrum Geisler.

Ah yes, my marriage. Strip away the time frame, the civilian dress, the historical peculiarities, and especially the lack of reference to war, to killing, and to the absence of marshal mayhem generally and the eventually righted miscarriage of UCMJ justice that I personally engineered out of a sense of simple justice and out of my passionate, my absolute consuming interest in the object of my desire, you will find the accurate beginning of the latticework of my life-long love affair, who unhappily died before I did.

The clown responsible for the UCMJ miscarriage of justice was eventually keelhauled by the Navy in a fashion similar to the tender mercies of the Virginia state bar as described in "Before the Fall". To my complete satisfaction.

I salute Mr. Geisler and his crew and staff for their subtle and sophisticated rendering of a slice of life drawn, in my opinion, and especially in my experience from real life, gay or straight.

Or gay AND straight, because from this movie, both apply.

Parenthetically, the cinematography is excellent.

I give this fine movie an IMDb rating of 7.0.

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Abingdon, Virginia, USA See more »

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2.35 : 1
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