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Twin Falls Idaho (1999)

R | | Drama | 29 March 2000 (France)
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Conjoined twins have their relationship tested when a woman takes interest in one of them.

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Michael Polish
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Polish ... Blake Falls
Michael Polish ... Francis Falls
Michele Hicks ... Penny
Jon Gries ... Lawyer Jay Harrison
Patrick Bauchau ... Miles, a Doctor
Garrett Morris ... Jesus
William Katt ... Surgeon
Lesley Ann Warren ... Francine
Teresa Hill ... Sissy
Robert Beecher Robert Beecher ... D'Walt, the Elevator Operator
Jill Andre ... Waitress
Ant ... Tre
Holly Woodlawn ... Flamboyant at Party
Sasha Alexander ... Miss America
Socorra Mora Socorra Mora ... Guadelupe
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Storyline

Francis and Blake Falls are conjoined twins who live in a neat little room in a rundown hotel. While sharing some organs, Blake is always fit and Francis is very sickly. Into their world comes a young lady, who turns their world upside down. She gets involved with Blake, and convinces the two to attend a Halloween party, where they can pass themselves off as wearing a costume. Eventually Francis becomes really ill, and they have to be separated. They then face the physical and mental strains that come from their proposed separation. Viewers will be inclined to believe that the two are really Siamese twins, but in fact they are simply real-life brothers playing the parts convincingly. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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A different kind of love story.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Sony Pictures Classics

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 March 2000 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Les frères Falls See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$49,849, 1 August 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$985,341, 21 November 1999
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Patrick Bauchau arranged for the filmmakers to use the medical set of his television series, The Pretender (1996) See more »

Quotes

Penny: Is there a sad ending?
[as she nods to the book he's reading]
Francis Falls: In time, every sad ending will become happy. The sad ending is only because the author stops telling the story. But it still goes on. It's just untold.
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Mirrorball
Written and Performed by Stuart Matthewman (as Cottonbelly)
Published by Monraflint Ltd. (PRS)
All rights for the U.S. administered by Sony/ATV Music Publishing (PRS)
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see it for yourself
21 May 2000 | by loixSee all my reviews

I have to say this because I almost made the fatal mistake of classifying this movie with the sentimental, depressing, and whiny ones, based on the little I'd heard about it. Call me prejudiced, which I am (and thank goodness, this wonderful film cured me of some of those symptoms), but at first, the idea of watching a movie about a girl and a pair of Siamese twins was not that appealing. It took some recommendation from friends whose opinions I value highly to overcome those inhibitions and to decide to brave whatever disappointment might come out of this venture. I now thank those friends for the good and true word.

The beautiful Penny (Michele Hicks) tells her friend that somehow the Falls twins were not ugly, and I couldn't agree more with her: the Falls brothers, with their neat dress and meek manners, are simply adorable. The strong bond uniting them is another attraction (anyone on especially close terms with their sibling(s) would understand this). I found it shocking that Penny's lawyer should think it rude that the twins should whisper constantly to each other; for me, it showed an intimacy that couldn't be imitated by anyone else, and beyond the reach of any convention.

The Polish brothers have done an inimitable job; some of the details would never have occurred to one who has grown up on her/his own. And it was nice to see quite distinct personalities developed for each of the Falls twins that went beyond their talents/interests.

Focusing on this kind of specific peculiarity might be what gives this story such an expressive power, to make us think about the various kinds of being "different" or relationship in general. On this other hand, it is a shame that the subtler overtones of the story can easily get buried because of this very focus, and scare some "fun"-loving people away.

I later read an interview about the movie and the creators' account of some of the imagery and the design of the movie, but such explicit detailing has taken away some of the charm I had felt for what I had believed were natural/innocent things, rather than improve my opinion of the movie. So take this advice (although it might already be too late if you're reading this) and go see it for yourself, before exposing yourself to anything that could disenchant you! I promise that you won't be disappointed.


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