When a Man Falls

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Three friends are reunited as their lives become increasingly desperate and dysfunctional in this independent drama. Bill (Dylan Baker) is a lonely middle-aged man who works as a night janitor in a large office building; he keeps himself company at work by listening to opera, and as he tries to sleep through the day he obsessively listens to a self-help tape that teaches "lucid dreaming." One of the men working Bill's building is Gary (Timothy Hutton), who has a habit of falling asleep at his desk rather than go ...
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Overview

Three friends are reunited as their lives become increasingly desperate and dysfunctional in this independent drama. Bill (Dylan Baker) is a lonely middle-aged man who works as a night janitor in a large office building; he keeps himself company at work by listening to opera, and as he tries to sleep through the day he obsessively listens to a self-help tape that teaches "lucid dreaming." One of the men working Bill's building is Gary (Timothy Hutton), who has a habit of falling asleep at his desk rather than go home to deal with his loveless marriage to Karen (Sharon Stone), who is convinced she's losing her looks and turns to shoplifting for comfort. Even though Gary bullied Bill when they were in high school together, when they meet by chance at the office one night Gary is thrilled to see him, and suggests they get together with another fellow classmate, Travis (Pruitt Taylor Vince). However, as they spend time together, the three men are only reminded of their emotional isolation, and how their lives have not turned out as they dreamed. When A Man Falls was produced in part by co-star Sharon Stone; the film received its American premiere at the 2007 South By Southwest Film Festival.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/5/2008
  • UPC: 025195028394
  • Original Release: 2007
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  • Source: Screen Media
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Time: 1:26:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 58,097

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dylan Baker Bill
Stacie Bono Sadie
Timothy Hutton Gary Fields
Sharon Stone Karen Fields
Pruitt Taylor Vince Travis
David Williams Will
Nicholas Elia Erik
Melanie Yeats Cathy
Technical Credits
Ryan Eslinger Director, Editor, Screenwriter
Jamie Alain Editor
Mary L. Aloe Producer
Christian Arnold-Beutel Producer
Eyde Belasco Casting
Ira Besserman Executive Producer
Alain de la Mata Executive Producer
Andrew Deskin Production Designer
Michael Dimanno Executive Producer
Samuel H. Frankel Executive Producer
Soly Haim Executive Producer
John F.S. Laing Executive Producer
Tim McGrath Executive Producer
Tad Nazar Sound/Sound Designer
R. Scott Reid Executive Producer
Mark Schroeder Sound/Sound Designer
John Sereda Score Composer
Ken Shapkin Costumes/Costume Designer
Kirk Shaw Producer
Lawrence Sher Cinematographer
Maxwell Sinovoi Executive Producer
Sharon Stone Executive Producer
Paul Michael Thomas Score Composer
Patricia Dyer Walden Asst. Director
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- When a Man Falls
1. Separate Little Worlds [7:14]
2. Out of It [6:45]
3. Everythings Perfectly Fine [7:46]
4. Lucid Dreaming [6:47]
5. Somewhere Else [6:59]
6. Open Invitation [6:09]
7. Leave Me Alone [9:12]
8. All for Granted [6:28]
9. Surreal [9:17]
10. What's Going On? [7:12]
11. A Way Out [9:37]
12. End Credits [2:32]
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Disintegration of lives loosely connected

    The original title of this bleak flim - WHEN A MAN FALLS IN THE FOREST - was inexplicably shortened to the nebulous WHEN A MAN FALLS for the release of the DVD: had the original title been retained, the audience may have been given a clue as to the intended message of the story. This is the second film for 26-year old writer/director Ryan Eslinger and it does suggest that he wants to deal with some existential material, but he has a way to grow into how to make it happen. The lives of three men and a woman are interconnected in the all too common shallow 'relationships' that are a major problem in how our society is working. Bill (Dylan Baker) is a night janitor in a large company, a man who shuts out the boring world with his earphones connected to the great opera classics: he avoids people including those who saunter past him and those whose chaotic lives in the next door apartment distress him. Gary Fields (Timothy Hutton) is a down and out professional man who works in the building that Bill nocturnally keeps tidy, the two 'old high school acquaintances' meeting only because Gary has taken to sleeping in the office. Gary's wife Karen (Sharon Stone, without makeup and looking spent and used) has lost all feeling for living, detests Gary, and finds her only joy is in shoplifting. Gary has shut himself off from old friends for reasons that seem to be related to an accident that involved is best friend Travis (Pruitt Taylor Vince), a man at odds with his own environment. The only apparent connection here is that, once Gary discovers that Bill is a night janitor, Gary and Travis feel guilty that their response to Bill in high school had been one of cruel ridicule. Each of the four main characters wanders aimlessly through a world that has become strange and vindictive and it is only a bizarre incident that throws the quartet into some semblance of meaning. Each person has fallen, but since they are in the midst of a lonely 'forest', has anyone noticed or cared? This could be a study in personal tragedy were it done better, but despite the fine credentials of the actors, the script is so full of holes that character development suffers and what results is not unlike watching an injured bull struggling around a bullfight ring as the crowd attends to the matador et al. Sadly we just don't care about these damaged people, making connection with the film next to impossible. Maybe next film...Grady Harp

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