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Falling Down (1993)

An unemployed defense worker frustrated with the various flaws he sees in society, begins to psychotically and violently lash out against them.

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Storyline

On the day of his daughter's (Joey Hope Singer) birthday, William "D-Fens" Foster (Michael Douglas) is trying to get to his estranged ex-wife's (Barbara Hershey) house to see his daughter. He has a breakdown and leaves his car in a traffic jam in Los Angeles and decides to walk. Along the way he stops at a convenience store and tries to get some change for a phone call but the owner, Mister Lee (Michael Paul Chan), does not give him change. This destabilizes William who then breaks apart the shop with a baseball bat and goes to an isolated place to drink a coke. Two gangsters (Agustin Rodriguez & Eddie Frias) threaten him and he reacts by hitting them with the bat. D-FENS continues walking and stops at a phone booth. The gangsters hunt him down with their gang and shoot at him but crash their car. William goes nuts and takes their gym bag with weapons proceeding in his journey of rage against injustice. Meanwhile Sergeant Martin Prendergast (Robert Duvall), who is working on his last ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for violence and strong language | See all certifications »

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26 February 1993 (USA)  »

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Un día de furia  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,724,452, 26 February 1993

Gross USA:

$40,903,593
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The character of D-Fens inspired the one-off character Frank Grimes in The Simpsons: Homer's Enemy (1997) (TV Episode). Like D-Fens, Frank Grimes has a shaved side hairstyle, wears glasses, wears a shirt and tie and just like D-Fens, Frank Grimes loses his cool when Homer's stupidity and behavior and Homer nicknaming him "Grimy" drives him mad and Grimes angrily rants about Homer's absent-minded behavior and his flaws as a human being, as everyone around him doesn't take him seriously about Homer and his stupidity. See more »

Goofs

When D-FENS checks his watch at the Whammy Burger, it is 10:33, three minutes past when service cuts over from breakfast to lunch. However, as he looks/walks around, the restaurant is full of customers midway through their lunch food, despite it just becoming available three minutes ago. See more »

Quotes

Seedy Guy in Park: Hello sir how are you today?
Bill Foster: I'm doing alright, how about you?
Seedy Guy in Park: Me, Im terrible
Bill Foster: I'm sorry to hear that
Seedy Guy in Park: Yea just drove down from Santa Barbara yesterday cause this friend wasn't home like I thought he was gonna be and he owes me some money and I thought i would have some money to get back home with, Im almost out of gas I had to sleep in my car I don't suppose you have a couple of bucks you can Give me it would really help me out if you give me your address I'll mail it back honest.
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Crazy Credits

"London Bridge is Falling Down" plays briefly at the very end of the credits. See more »

Connections

References Death Wish (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

LA SCHMOOVE
Written by Chip Fu (as R. Roachford), Moc Fu (as J. Jones), Poc Fu (as L. Maturine),
Phife Dawg (as M. Taylor) and Ali Shaheed Muhammad (as A. Muhammad)
Performed by Fu-Schnickens
Courtesy of JIVE RECORDS
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A victim of the modern age trying to get home
31 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

Is it just me or is this truly one of the best pictures from the last decade? Michael Douglas delivers an astonishing performance as D-Fens (William Foster) an ordinary guy, who has an obviously perfect job at the department of Defense, until he gets fired and his wife breaks up with him. The following opening credits are, according to my view, some of the best in motion picture history : the whole scene is just so extremely claustrophobic. D - Fens is just ''a victim of the modern age'' just like the writer's wife in A Clockwork Orange (another classic) who cannot stand the normal routine of living anymore, and begins a trial of violence in the asphalt Jungle called Los Angeles.


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