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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

William (D-FENS) just wants to get home to see his daughter on her birthday. Unfortunately, nothing seems to be going right for him. First there's the traffic jam, then the unhelpful Korean shopkeeper who "doesn't give change". D-FENS begins to crack and starts to fight back against the every day "injustices" he encounters on his journey home. The film has a story running in parallel about a desk-bound cop who is about to retire. He's retiring for his wife's sake, and obviously isn't happy about it. The cop tracks down D-FENS and in the final scene..... Written by Rob Hartill

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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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Release Date:

26 February 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Un día de furia  »

Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$40,903,593 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Detective Brian (Steve Park) says that he can't translate for Mr. Lee (Michael Paul Chan) because he is Japanese and Mr. Lee is Korean. In real life, Park is Korean and Chan is Chinese. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene, when the camera first pans onto the car with the Garfield doll, two big flat light-diffusers can be seen in the half-open rear window. If you look even closer, the boom mic and some people are visible standing behind the diffusers. See more »

Quotes

Car Driver: [Car driver in traffic jam snaps when cut off by lady in car] Hey you dumb bitch you cut me off! What's the matter with you? Move up or move back! Get out of the way! What the hell are you, a moron? Come on! If I wanna be in a parking lot, I'll buy a ticket ya dumb goddamn bitch!
[Foster sucker punches irate car driver unconscious]
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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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Referenced in Psych: S.E.I.Z.E. The Day (2014) See more »

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MURIO NUESTRO AMOR DE VERANO
(SIN POR QUE)
Written and Performed by Luisa María Güell (as Luisa Maria Guell)
Courtesy of KUBANEY RECORDS
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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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