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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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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?


Bill Foster's license plate is D-FENS. See more »


When the cop is interviewing D Fens' wife her bangs change position between shots. See more »


Frank: Listen, what am I paying my fucking dues for? This is my golf course! If I wanna play here, I will play here. If he gets hit with my titleist, that's his fucking problem. Fore! Fore!
[Hits ball]
Bill Foster: [the ball barely misses his head; whips out shotgun] Five! What the hell are you trying to do? Kill me with a golf ball? It's not enough you have all these beautiful acres fenced in for your little game, but you gotta kill me with a golf ball? You should have children playing here, you should have ...
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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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Written by Eddie Pola and George Wyle
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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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