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Fallen (1998)

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Homicide detective John Hobbes witnesses the execution of serial killer Edgar Reese. Soon after the execution the killings start again, and they are very similar to Reese's style.

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Gregory Hoblit

Writer:

Nicholas Kazan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Denzel Washington ... John Hobbes
John Goodman ... Jonesy
Donald Sutherland ... Lt. Stanton
Embeth Davidtz ... Gretta Milano
James Gandolfini ... Lou
Elias Koteas ... Edgar Reese
Gabriel Casseus ... Art
Michael J. Pagan ... Sam
Robert Joy ... Charles
Frank Medrano ... Charles' Killer
Ronn Munro Ronn Munro ... Mini Golf Owner
Cynthia Hayden Cynthia Hayden ... Society Woman
Ray Xifo ... Society Man
Tony Michael Donnelly Tony Michael Donnelly ... Toby
Tara Carnes Tara Carnes ... Teenage Girl
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Storyline

Det. John Hobbes is convinced that when killer Edgar Reese is executed, all of his troubles are over. But when people he knows and people on the street start to sing the same tune that Reese sang in the gas chamber, and those same people taunt him, he is told that maybe the cursed fallen angel Azazel is behind it all. Azazel is cursed to roam the Earth without a form, and he can switch bodies by any contact, making him hard to track. When Hobbes is forced to kill a man possessed by Azazel, he must clear his name while protecting his family and others from the evil, vengeful Azazel. Written by Ben Borg <benborg@mediaone.net>

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Don't trust a soul. See more »


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12 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

28 May 1998 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Poseídos See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,401,566, 16 January 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$25,188,006, 22 March 1998
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The precinct house and the squad room used are those in the long-running television series NYPD Blue (1993). Gregory Hoblit also directed NYPD Blue (1993). Aida Turturro plays Tiffany and appears with James Gandolfini - later they would appear together in The Sopranos (1999). Nicholas Turturro appeared in NYPD Blue (1993). See more »

Goofs

When Hobbes shoots the school teacher, after he fires one shot, his gun is apparently empty (the action on any semi-automatic 9mm handgun, like Hobbes' Glock, stays open when the final round is expended, as can be seen in the two quick cuts after the shot is fired). However, when Hobbes approaches the body in each view after-wards, the action of the gun is closed, indicating that he still has ammunition. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Azazel: I wanna tell you about the time I almost died...
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References The Haunting (1963) See more »

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Who Is He And What Is He To You
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Performed by Meshell Ndegeocello
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Chilling yet intriguing
18 December 1998 | by Jedi-24See all my reviews

Fallen is not your typical suspense film. There is very little gore, a clever plot, gorgeous cinematography...but it all adds up to the scariest movie I've ever seen. Why? It plays with your mind. The horror is confined to your brain and not shown onscreen. Some people will (and do) hate this film; it eschews graphic storytelling for a visual, intellectual approach. The ending, which has been criticized for many reasons, is actually the only plausible way it could end. Yes we like to see the human spirit triumph, but more often than not things do not work out the way we like them to. It's refreshing to see a movie which ends on a real level, giving the film a true-to-life credibility which enhances the terror even more. Highly recommended for the intellectual person. Those easily bored stay away.


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