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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
Rose-Marie Perreault ... Natasha
Vincent Leclerc ... Jean-Claude
Maripier Morin ... Aspasie / Camille Lafontaine
Alain Goulem ... Sean Harrington (as Al Goulem)
Juliette Gosselin ... La femme médecin résidente
Yan England ... Jimmy
Florence Longpré ... Linda Demers
Rémy Girard ... Sylvain 'The Brain' Bigras
Alexandre Landry ... Pierre-Paul Daoust
Claude Legault ... L'informateur de la police
Patrick Abellard ... Jacmel Rosabert
Louis Morissette ... Pete La Bauve
Catherine Paquin-Bechard ... Gemma


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

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

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French visa # 150192. 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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2 July 2019 | by abisioSee all my reviews

If are already tired of empty movies full of superheroes, sick people love stories, dysfunctional families then take a couple of hours and exercise your brain. Arcand most important weapon are dialogs; like Tarantino's but with very deeper meaning and without forcing styles. It is always necessary to have great actors to deliver most of the lines; and as always his team is perfect even when sometimes did not even look like professional actors. The story is basically a thriller (or a Polar since the movie is in French). A Philosophy witness a holdup and escape with two huge bags full of money. The police tries to nail him. Add to the equation an ex con expert in money laundering, a very expensive prostitute another money laundering expert (this one playing for the big leagues) and a bunch of cops that are perhaps worse than the criminals itself. Yes there a few criminals but they are mostly an accessory to the script. The important thing here is the social commentary. How consumerism has destroyed society and how society is getting every day colder. How government only interest is to get money to expend (and obviously to embezzlement ). Even when the movie plays more than a comedy; there are a couple of quite violent explicit scenes and a good created suspense . Some dialogs are worth remembering forever; some scenes are quite poetic and mood altering and the whole movie is an uplifting experience that let us think about our lives. There are some pace issues and the final two scenes feel unnecessary however is just a very small detail in an otherwise almost perfect movie

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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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Cinémaginaire Inc. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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