The Fall

Synopsis: At a Los Angeles hospital in the 1920s, Alexandria is a child recovering from a broken arm. She befriends Roy Walker, a movie stunt man with legs paralyzed after a fall. At her request, Roy tells her an elaborate story about six men of widely varied backgrounds who are on a quest to kill a corrupt provincial governor. Between chapters of the story, Roy inveigles Alexandria to scout the hospital's pharmacy for morphine. As Roy's fantastic tale nears its end, Death seems close at hand.
Director(s): Tarsem Singh
Production: Roadside Attractions
  4 wins & 11 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
117 min

We ain't stealing. We're working!

We work a lot. What for...?

Mr. President, you should have invited the

people from BORBA FILHO, they're quite low.

Senator, don't count your chickens

before they hatch.

But I believe CONCRISA has

already won the competition.


Ambulatory! Nurse!

He's dying!

- Someone lift him up.

- Tight.


But he was foolish, wanting romance.

Forget it, Zoe!

With your delicate stomach,

you'll get burned here!

War is war.

- How about Moreira dos Mares?

- Unforgettable! I still can feel her taste.

- Relative?

- No.

- Work accident?

- Yeah.

Two hours to get there!

And just to leave him!

- All screwed up. I was amazed.

- 15 days to deliver this thing!

- And you're amazed?

- A man hurt. A man hurt!

- Let's stop?

- The ambulance took us one hour.

And the ambulatory is shit.

No-one to serve us!

Should've taken him

to the hospital.

- Why did he fall anyway?

- He had no belt.

Another guy died like that.

Asked me for a belt...

...but couldn't find any!

Yet he went up, cause he

was a good worker.

But without belt, I

wouldn't go that high.

The engineer Mendes, I talked

to him about the schedule.

You think we'll finish

with this rain? How?

Working with 20%

of the employees!

"I don't care" he says.

Well, nobody does!

But we had to take the

guy to the ambulatory.

C'mon, Mario!

Hello. Yeah... Right.


- Where is Zoe's locker?

- That one.

How's he?

How's he?


- Play it right.

- I know.

- Supper, Mario.

- It's almost cold, Mario!


Come on, boy! You've gotta eat.

- Warm up the macaroni?

- No need to.

Have some cachae. Warm up.

Get there, my child.

- It's over...

- Already?

- So good! Already?

- It's over.

- Full of drunkards here...

- I think there's one left.

Get 'em. These boozes are

shit. Not smooth.

Ya know what they do in Minas?

Their booze is yellow. Right?

'Cause they put smoke in it.

They put it like this.

And then they use a bowl.

The drunkard drinks it and

finds a different taste...

...thinking it's good booze.

The best! Thank you.

But his liver...!

These beans ain't good.

Those from last week were better.

I left a tape measure...

Did you see it?

- No.

- Did you, Mario?

A Czech tape measure.

I think it's in the kitchen.

Dad, let me tell you how the

money got into the trash bin.


Money got into the trash bin today!

$500 was to pay the bill. I put

the change in a green bag...

...but when looked for it,

where's the money?

I asked Maria, "where's the money?"

"Didn't see, Miss Laura. Which money?"

Then I remembered the plastic bag!

She had thrown it away!

Leonel put the bag in his mouth

and she thought it was filth!

Almost gone! $300!

What a mess!

- I'll be going.

- To the funeral?


I'll go too.

No need to...

I'll be right back.

- Go with him.

- Mario, I'll go with you.

Wait a sec.

Give this to the widow,

she might need it.

- Where's Mario?

- He left.

- Already?

- You'll catch him up.

He didn't wait for me!

I told him to wait!

- You'll catch him up.

- Shit.


- What's this?

- Give it to the widow.

I don't know her. Damn!

I said I'd go with him.

I asked him to wait, I'd

put on a blouse!

In my opinion, this is

the last chance of BORBA FILHO.

- That's true, doctor.

- What do we have to lose?

Don't know... I think it's too risky.

What do you think?

Well, at least it'll be a great

headache to CONCRISA.

But they'll soon find out

we're behind all this.

- They'll suspect us.

- So what? What can they do?

Oh, yes they can.

They didn't register the worker.

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Dan Gilroy

Daniel Christopher Gilroy (born June 24, 1959) is an American screenwriter and film director. He is best known for writing and directing Nightcrawler (2014), for which he won Best Screenplay at the 30th Independent Spirit Awards, and was nominated for Best Original Screenplay at the 87th Academy Awards. Before becoming both a writer and director, Gilroy worked mostly as a screenwriter. His screenwriting credits include Freejack (1992), Two for the Money (2005), The Fall (2006), Real Steel (2011), and The Bourne Legacy (2012)—the last in collaboration with his brother Tony Gilroy. His wife, Rene Russo, has also been his frequent collaborator since the two met in 1992 and married later that year. more…

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