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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 happens to pick up two bags of cash and hides them in his truck. Though an interrogation of ... See full summary »

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Denys Arcand

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Denys Arcand
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Credited cast:
Maxim Roy ... Carla McDuff
Éric Bruneau ... L'enquêteur Plamondon
Maripier Morin ... Aspasie / Camille Lafontaine
Juliette Gosselin ... La femme médecin résidente
Vincent Leclerc ... Jean-Claude
Rémy Girard ... Sylvain 'The Brain' Bigras
Claude Legault ... L'informateur de la police
Alexandre Landry ... Pierre-Paul Daoust
Pierre Curzi ... Maître Wilbrod Taschereau
Rose-Marie Perreault ... Natasha
Florence Longpré ... Linda Demers
Yan England ... Jimmy
Catherine Paquin-Bechard ... Gemma
James Hyndman ... Le prof de fiscalité
Anoulith Sintharaphone ... Duc Thuy
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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 hides them in his truck. Though 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 who came out of jail might get him out of trouble, especially that a gang leader is very weary 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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Comedy | Crime

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

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Country:

Canada

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

31 May 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le triomphe de l'argent See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,059,945, 4 October 2018
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Cinémaginaire Inc. See more »
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Like Denys Arcand for many of his movies (including his win for "The Barbarian Invasions"), comedian/director Yan England happened to be nominated for an Oscar in 2013, for the short fiction story "Henry". See more »

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Arcand is back on track.
28 June 2018 | by stephbearcaSee all my reviews

The last Arcand's movie "Le règle de la beauté" (An Eye for Beauty) was a big disappointment from the man who gave us Decline of the American Empire, The Barbarian Invasions who won an Oscar, and Jesus of Montreal. In the first 5 minutes of the opening, you can feel that this will be good. Arcand is at his best when he has those witty dialogues. Sarcastic, just like he was in his best movies. The best guess of Arcand was to use Maripier Morin, whose is not an actress but a girl who started in reality TV shows. Well, she's good. With the right director and some talent, you can be good. She plays a high-class hooker, not in the typical way we usually see that role, but for her first major role, it's impressing. Alexandre Landry, the guy who ends up with the stollen money is a very good actor, hope we'd see him more often. The love interest between those two could be more convincing, this is the only problem with that script, hard to understand why she'd fall for him. Would have needed a few extra scenes to make it more believable. If you like Arcand's dialogue and criticism of the American Society, you will smile for 2 hours.


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