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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


"London Bridge is Falling Down" is heard several times in the film. It is first heard when Robert Duvall sings it to his wife over the phone to calm her down, and the melody is later heard being played in the snow globe D-FENS buys for his daughter. See more »


In the Whammy Burger scene, after D-FENS holds the place up, he asks for his breakfast, and then he changes his mind and asks for lunch. After he goes around the room talking to customers, Rick the manager has his order on the counter; a Whammy Burger, a shake, and fries. D-FENS grabs the burger box and fries, but when he opens the burger box, the fries disappear. See more »


Bill Foster: What are you doing to the street?
Construction Worker: We're fixing it! What the Hell does it look like?
Bill Foster: Two days ago it was fine. Are you telling me the street fell apart in two days?
Construction Worker: Well, I guess so.
Bill Foster: Pardon me, but that's bullshit. You see, I don't think anything's wrong with the street! I think you're just trying to justify your inflated budgets! I know how it works! If you don't spend the projected amount this year, you don't get the same amount next year! Now, I want you to admit, THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH ...
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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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Douglas has turned out to be my favorite action hero
22 January 2002 | by See all my reviews

This was one of the best movies in the 90's that all of us stress takers can relate to. He represented us who put up with people's crap all day long and people who spit and walk over his face not being afraid of who he is. Douglas has proved to the world that even the most quiet fellows can be dangerous. I love this movie every step of the way. After watching this movie it seemed as if Duvall and the others were the bad guys and Douglas was the good guy.

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