All Things Fall Apart

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All Things Fall Apart
All Things Fall Apart (2011 film).jpg
Poster with working title Things Fall Apart
Directed by Mario Van Peebles
Produced by Randall Emmett
Written by Curtis Jackson
Brian A Miller
Starring Curtis Jackson
Ray Liotta
Mario Van Peebles
Music by Tree Adams
Release dates
  • March 5, 2011 (2011-03-05) (Miami International Film Festival)
Country United States
Language English
Budget $7,000,000 (estimated)[1]

All Things Fall Apart is a 2011 American drama film starring Ray Liotta, 50 Cent,[2] Mario Van Peebles, and Lynn Whitfield. It was filmed in Michigan and premiered at the Miami International Film Festival.


Deon is a football player who suffers a deadly disease. However, after receiving love and praise for his entire life due to his athletic ability, he is still a good person who loves his family and is willing to share the glory on the football field. His mother Bee is incredibly proud, his younger brother Sean is understandably jealous, and Bee’s boyfriend/Deon’s surrogate father Eric sees the football star as a winning lottery ticket. Even though Deon is fighting cancer he still tries to finish what he started.


Controversy over film title[edit]

The movie was produced under the same title as Chinua Achebe's 1958 novel Things Fall Apart.[3] After being contacted by Achebe's legal team, 50 Cent offered $1 million to keep the title Things Fall Apart for the film. The author of the 1958 novel took this as an insult. The foundation that manages Achebe's copyrights said: "The novel with the said title was initially produced in 1958. It is listed as the most-read book in modern African literature, and won't be sold for even £1 billion." The film was renamed to All Things Fall Apart.[3][4]


50 Cent, who based his character on a childhood friend who died of cancer, lost up to 54 pounds in order to accurately portray his emaciated character, dropping from "214 pounds to 160 in nine weeks after liquid dieting and running on a treadmill three hours a day" according to the Associated Press.[5]


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