Fallen (1998)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
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 Mini-Golf owner
Cynthia Hayden Society woman
Ray Xifo Society man
Tony Michael Donnelly Toby
Tara Carnes Teenage girl
Reno Wilson Mike
Wendy Cutler Denise
Aida Turturro Tiffany
Jeff Tanner Lawrence
Jerry Walsh Fat man
Bob Rumnock Schoolteacher
Ellen Sheppard Nun on bus
Christian Aubert Prof. Louders
Bill Clark Det. Bill Clark
Allelon Ruggiero Executioner
Jill Holden Gracie
Drucie McDaniel Vendor
John R. Russell Distinguished Gentleman (as John Raphael Russell)
Lynn Wanlass Complaining woman
John Descano Cab Driver
Cress Williams Det. Joe
Rick Warner Governor
Jim Grimshaw Warden
Brandon Zitin Muscle builder
Rozwill Young Prison Guard
Michael Shamus Wiles Prison Guard
Frank Davis Prison Guard
Barry Shabaka Henley Uniformed Cop (as Barry 'Shabaka' Henley)
Mike Cichetti Moustache Man
Chuck Jeffreys Transit Cop (as William C. Jeffreys III)
Movie Details
Genre Horror; Mystery; Thriller
Director Gregory Hoblit
Producer Charles Roven; Dawn Steel; Nicholas Kazan
Writer Nicholas Kazan
Studio Warner Bros.
Language English
Audience Rating R (Restricted)
Running Time 123 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Plot
Although it received mixed reactions from critics and audiences alike when released in 1998, this supernatural thriller benefits from a sustained atmosphere of anticipation and dread, and its combination of detective mystery and demonic mischief is handled with ample style and intelligence. Under the direction of Gregory Hoblit (who fared better with Primal Fear), Denzel Washington plays detective John Hobbes, who witnesses the gas-chamber execution of a serial killer (Elias Koteas). But when another series of murders begins, Hobbes suspects that the killer's evil spirit has survived and is possessing the bodies of others to do its evil bidding. Even Hobbes's trusted partner (John Goodman) thinks the detective is losing his grip on reality, but the dire warnings of a noted linguist (Embeth Davidtz) confirm Hobbes's far-out theory, and his case intensifies toward a fateful showdown. Although its idea is better than its execution, and the story's film noir ambitions are never fully accomplished, this slickly directed thriller has some genuinely effective moments in which evil forces are entwined into the fabric of everyday reality. Among the highlights is a memorable scene in which Detective Hobbes must track the killer as the evil spirit is transferred between many people via physical contact. Even if the film is ultimately less than the sum of its parts, it's an intriguing hybrid that resides in the same cinematic neighborhood as Seven and The Silence of the Lambs with a cast that also includes Donald Sutherland and James Gandolfini. Included on the DVD is a full-length audio commentary by director Hoblit, screenwriter Nicholas Kazan, and producer Charles Roven. --Jeff Shannon
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 175
In Collection Yes
Owner David Cowley
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Standard 1.33:1 Color
Layers Dual side, Single layer
UPC 053939643428
Chapters 32
Release Date 1998
Subtitles English; Spanish; French
Packaging Snap Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Surround
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Dolby Widescreen
Links
Internet Movie Database