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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)
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.


Denys Arcand


Denys Arcand
1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Maxim Roy ... Carla McDuff
Éric Bruneau ... L'enquêteur Plamondon
Vincent Leclerc ... Jean-Claude
Rose-Marie Perreault ... Natasha
Maripier Morin ... Aspasie / Camille Lafontaine
Juliette Gosselin ... La femme médecin résidente
Rémy Girard ... Sylvain 'The Brain' Bigras
Florence Longpré ... Linda Demers
Alexandre Landry ... Pierre-Paul Daoust
Alain Goulem ... Sean Harrington (as Al Goulem)
Ayana O'Shun ... Madame Rosabert - la mère de Jacmel
Yan England ... Jimmy
Claude Legault ... L'informateur de la police
Patrick Abellard ... Jacmel Rosabert
Pierre Curzi ... Maître Wilbrod Taschereau


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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Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


The film's premiere was at TIFF in Toronto in September 2018. See more »


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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Canadian Masterpiece!
12 March 2021 | by j-camfSee all my reviews

What a director Denys Arcand is - all the way from "Jesus of Montreal" to this superb classic. It is truly a magnificent plot that manages to have its cake and eat it too in that we are dealing with more or less petty crime in the context of larger social crimes. To me the lead roles come off so well because of fine performances - there's a humanity here at work that truly appeals to me. Alexandre Landry as a naive philosophical type who hasn't really got a clue but is kind-hearted and Maripier Morin as sex worker as clever as they come drew me in deeply. The highlight the social context which Arcand is at pains to adumbrate without it overwhelming the story's unfolding into something one might describe as worthwhile and meaningful for an audience whilst also being suspensful. Montreal and Quebec are served well by such productions.

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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 »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$338,216, 1 July 2018

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Cinémaginaire Inc. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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