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Falling Down (1993)

R  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  26 February 1993 (USA)
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A borderline personality disordered defense worker frustrated with the various flaws he sees in society, begins to psychotically and violently lash out against them.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Surplus Store Owner
D-Fens' Mother
Joey Hope Singer ...
Adele (Beth's Child)
Guy on Freeway
Mr. Lee
Captain Yardley
Detective Lydecker
Steve Park ...
Detective Brian
Detective Jones
Detective Keene


On the day of his daughter's birthday, William "D-Fens" Foster is trying to get home of his estranged ex-wife to see her daughter. He has a breakdown and leaves his car in a traffic jam in Los Angeles and decides to walk. Then he goes to a convenience store and tries to get some changes for a phone call but the Korean owner does not change his money. The unstable William breaks apart the shop with a baseball bat and goes to an isolated place to drink a coke. Two gangsters threaten him and he reacts hitting them with the bat. William continues walking and stops at a phone booth. The gangsters hunt him down with their gang and shoot 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 that is working on his last day before retirement is following the wave of crimes and believes that the responsible is the same man but the other detectives do not pay attention to him. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

26 February 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Un día de furia  »

Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)


$40,903,593 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Lois Smith plays Michael Douglas's mother in this movie and his secretary in 'Fatal Attraction' six years earlier. See more »


Earlier in the film Prendergast's wife tells him to pick up chicken for dinner, however later in the movie he tells her his dinner better be ready when he gets home even though he never went and got the chicken to make for dinner. See more »


Gang member 1: Motherfucker, give us your motherfucking briefcase!
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Crazy Credits

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


Referenced in The Cinema Snob: The Passion of the Christ (2015) See more »


Written by David Rose
Performed by David Rose and His Orchestra
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User Reviews

A victim of the modern age trying to get home
31 August 2005 | by (Netherlands) – 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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