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Falling Down (1993)

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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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Adele (Beth's Child)
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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 home of his estranged ex-wife Beth (Barbara Hershey) to see her daughter (Joey Hope Singer) . 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 named Mister Lee (Michael Paul Chan) 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 (Agustin Rodriguez & Eddie Frias) threaten him and he reacts by 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 (Robert Duvall) that is working on ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The adventures of an ordinary man at war with the everyday world. See more »

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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)  »

Also Known As:

Un día de furia  »

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Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$40,903,593 (USA)
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Lois Smith plays Michael Douglas's mother in this movie and his secretary in 'Fatal Attraction' six years earlier. See more »

Goofs

The crack on Bill's right lens in the second half of the movie appears to vanish at some points but this is just a trick of the light - when Bill faces directly into the camera, because the frame is undamaged and holding the cracked lens firmly in place, the crack is very difficult to see but still just about visible if you look closely. See more »

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Captain Yardley: [Captain Yardley, to Prendergast, on the precinct and policing and why good cops quit] Lot of good cops want to drop the whole kit and kaboodle. And who wouldn't? The pay stinks and your up to your ears in human scum sixteen hours a day.
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Crazy Credits

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

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU
Written by Patty S. Hill and Mildred J. Hill
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American Beauty meets George Carlin
26 April 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Joel Schumacher's Falling Down is really an under-rated film. Michael Douglas gives his best performance yet as a middle aged man who is now gone completely insane. I compare it to American Beauty and George Carlin because basically that is what this is. A regular guy who's had enough of life (and goes around lecturing people about how life for him sucks). Still, Schumacher, Douglas and co-star Robert Duvall try their best and succeed with perfect precision. One of the best films of 1993.


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