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The Fall of the American Empire (2018)

La chute de l'empire américain (original title)
R | | Comedy, Crime | 31 May 2019 (USA)
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A shy and insecure delivery truck driver accidentally arrives on the scene of a major crime and picks up two bags of cash and hides them. Only the help of a prostitute and a former biker released from jail might get him out of trouble.

Director:

Denys Arcand

Writer:

Denys Arcand
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Cast

Credited cast:
Maxim Roy ... Carla McDuff
Éric Bruneau ... L'enquêteur Plamondon
Rose-Marie Perreault ... Natasha
Vincent Leclerc ... Jean-Claude
Juliette Gosselin ... La femme médecin résidente
Maripier Morin ... Aspasie / Camille Lafontaine
Rémy Girard ... Sylvain 'The Brain' Bigras
Alexandre Landry ... Pierre-Paul Daoust
Florence Longpré ... Linda Demers
Alain Goulem ... Sean Harrington (as Al Goulem)
Yan England ... Jimmy
Claude Legault ... L'informateur de la police
Louis Morissette ... Pete La Bauve
Geneviève Schmidt
Catherine Paquin-Bechard ... Gemma
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Storyline

A shy and insecure delivery truck driver accidentally arrives on the scene of a major crime and happens to pick up two bags of cash and hide them in his truck. As if an interrogation of two tough police detectives isn't enough, the guy, who has a doctor's degree in philosophy which makes his mind mingle with remorse, must find a way to get rid of this dirty money. Only the help of a prostitute and a former biker released from jail might get him out of trouble, especially that a gang leader is very eager to get his cash back, or kill whoever is responsible for this mess. However, even the two bumbling detectives are monitoring the case as well. Written by RealLiveClaude

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Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong violence, sexual content/nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Maripier Morin's husband, former hockey player Brandon Prust, has a small role in this movie as a waiter. See more »

Goofs

Thete is no way a gangster who was in prison for money laundering or similar crimes would ever be allowed to take college courses in Business Finance. See more »

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deliciously amoral
4 May 2020 | by Henry_SeggermanSee all my reviews

I loved this story of a way over-educated nerd who's filled with Marxist claptrap making a conscious decision to steal bagfuls of cash. Typical of Arcand, the film is very talky, but in a dry and deadpan way that is quite amusing. It's a funny version of Dostoevsky by way of Godard and Woody Allen.


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Country:

Canada

Language:

French | English | Latin

Release Date:

31 May 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Fall of the American Empire See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$338,216, 1 July 2018

Gross USA:

$2,178,460

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,110,928
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Company Credits

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Cinémaginaire Inc. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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