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Falling Down -- A laid-off defense worker is on a path of violence and self destruction, and now an LAPD detective, only hours away from retirement, must find him and stop his vigilante acts.
Falling Down -- Michael Douglas plays a patient man who's patience gets pushed too far
Falling Down -- An unemployed defence worker frustrated with the various flaws he sees in society, begins to psychotically and violently lash out against them.


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Writer (WGA):
Ebbe Roe Smith (written by)
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Release Date:
26 February 1993 (USA) See more »
The adventures of an ordinary man at war with the everyday world. See more »
A borderline personality disordered defense worker frustrated with the various flaws he sees in society, begins to psychotically and violently lash out against them. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Michael Douglas ... D-Fens

Robert Duvall ... Prendergast

Barbara Hershey ... Beth

Rachel Ticotin ... Sandra

Tuesday Weld ... Mrs. Prendergast

Frederic Forrest ... Surplus Store Owner

Lois Smith ... D-Fens' Mother
Joey Hope Singer ... Adele (Beth's Child)

Ebbe Roe Smith ... Guy on Freeway

Michael Paul Chan ... Mr. Lee

Raymond J. Barry ... Captain Yardley

D.W. Moffett ... Detective Lydecker
Steve Park ... Detective Brian

Kimberly Scott ... Detective Jones

James Keane ... Detective Keene

Macon McCalman ... Detective Graham
Richard Montoya ... Detective Sanchez

Bruce Beatty ... Police Clerk
Matthew Saks ... Officer at Station (as Mathew Saks)
Agustin Rodriguez ... Gang Member One
Eddie Frias ... Gang Member Two
Pat Romano ... Gang Member Three

Julian Scott Urena ... Gang Member Four (as Fabio Urena)

Karina Arroyave ... Angie
Irene Olga López ... Angie's Mother

Benjamin Mouton ... Uniformed Officer at Beth's
Dean Hallo ... Uniformed Officer's Partner

James Morrison ... Construction Sign Man by Bus Stop

John Fleck ... Seedy Guy in Park
Brent Hinkley ... Rick (Whammyburger)

Dedee Pfeiffer ... Sheila (Whammyburger)
Carole Androsky ... Woman Who Throws Up (Whammyburger) (as Carol Androsky)
Margaret Medina ... Lita the Waitress

Vondie Curtis-Hall ... Not Economically Viable Man
Mark Frank ... Annoying Man at Phone Booth
Peter Radon ... First Gay Man

Spencer Rochfort ... Second Gay Man

Carole White ... Second Officer at Beth's (as Carole Ita White)
Russell Curry ... Second Officer's Partner
John Fink ... Guy Behind Woman Driver
Jack Kehoe ... Street Worker
Valentino D. Harrison ... Kid (with Missile Launcher)

Jack Betts ... Frank (Golfer)
Al Mancini ... Jim (Golfer)

John Diehl ... Dad (Back Yard Party)

Amy Morton ... Mom (Back Yard Party)
Abbey Barthel ... Trina (Back Yard Party)

Susie Singer Carter ... Suzie the Stripper (as Susie Singer)

Wayne Duvall ... Paramedic
Valisha Jean Malin ... Prendergast's Daughter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jeffrey Byron ... CHP Officer (uncredited)
Marjorie J. Frazier ... Motorist / Pedestrian (uncredited)
Thomas M. Harrigan ... Construction Worker (uncredited)
Deron McBee ... Man at Pier (uncredited)

Directed by
Joel Schumacher 
Writing credits
Ebbe Roe Smith (written by)

Produced by
William S. Beasley .... associate producer
Stephen Brown .... co-producer
Nana Greenwald .... co-producer
Timothy Harris .... producer
Dan Kolsrud .... co-producer
Arnold Kopelson .... producer
Arnon Milchan .... executive producer
Ebbe Roe Smith .... associate producer
John J. Tomko .... associate producer
Herschel Weingrod .... producer
Original Music by
James Newton Howard 
Cinematography by
Andrzej Bartkowiak 
Film Editing by
Paul Hirsch 
Casting by
Marion Dougherty 
Production Design by
Barbara Ling 
Art Direction by
Larry Fulton 
Set Decoration by
Cricket Rowland 
Costume Design by
Marlene Stewart 
Makeup Department
Stephen Abrums .... makeup artist (as Steve Abrums)
Lynda Gurasich .... hair stylist
Tom Lucas .... makeup artist
Production Management
William S. Beasley .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dennis Capps .... second assistant director
Stephen P. Dunn .... first assistant director (as Stephen Dunn)
David Fudge .... third assistant director
Stephen E. Hagen .... dga trainee
Art Department
Mychael Bates .... property assistant
Kinney Booker .... swing gang
Francis N. 'Lucky' Costello .... stand-by painter
Mark Cowley .... swing gang
R. Scott Doran .... swing gang
Jill DuDeck .... art department staff assistant
Jann K. Engel .... set designer
Tim Flattery .... illustrator
Jody Gaber .... art department staff assistant (as Jody Levine)
Lauren Gabor .... swing gang
Tom Kaltsas .... swing gang
Glen Kennedy .... swing gang
Richard F. Mays .... assistant art director
Mike McNeilly .... artist
Chuck McSorley .... lead man
Vic Petrotta Jr. .... property assistant
William A. Petrotta .... property master
Brad Ricker .... set designer
Arthur Riddle .... construction foreman
David Ronan .... swing gang
John H. Samson .... construction coordinator
Daniel W. Blaha .... propmaker (uncredited)
Kinney Booker .... set dresser (uncredited)
Doug Crawford .... propmaker (uncredited)
Michael Denering .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Bob Skemp .... greensman (uncredited)
Tom von Badinski .... carpenter (uncredited)
Frank White .... propmaker (uncredited)
Sound Department
Wayne Artman .... sound re-recording mixer
Steve Bowerman .... boom operator
Charles L. Campbell .... supervising sound editor
Tom E. Dahl .... sound re-recording mixer (as Tom Dahl)
Jerry Edemann .... assistant sound editor
Louis L. Edemann .... supervising sound editor
Richard C. Franklin .... sound editor
Andrea Horta .... adr editor
Doug Jackson .... sound editor
Nils C. Jensen .... sound editor
Angie Luckey .... assistant sound editor
David MacMillan .... production sound mixer
Chuck Neely .... sound editor
Mel Neiman .... processed sound effects
Kevin E. Patterson .... cable person
John Roesch .... foley artist
Rod Rogers .... assistant adr editor
Robert Schaper .... sound re-recording mixer
Larry Singer .... supervising adr editor
Alicia Stevenson .... foley artist
Mary Jo Lang .... foley mixer (uncredited)
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Jim Schwalm .... special effects (as James D. Schwalm)
Bob Stoker .... special effects
Lucinda Strub .... special effects
Matt Sweeney .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Michael Talarico .... visual effects camera assistant (uncredited)
Gregory J. Barnett .... stunts
Bobby Bass .... stunts
Steve Boyum .... stunts
Gary Combs .... stunts
Steve M. Davison .... stunts
Mike De Luna .... stunts
Scott Dockstader .... stunts
Maria Doest .... stunts
Danny Epper .... stunts (as Danny Eppers)
Richie Gaona .... stunts
Armando Guerrero .... stunts
Norman Howell .... stunts
Tommy J. Huff .... stunts
Jeff Imada .... stunts
Henry Kingi .... stunts
Steven Lambert .... stunts
Eric Mansker .... stunts
Gary McLarty .... stunts
John Meier .... stunts
Manny Perry .... stunts
Ronnie Rondell Jr. .... stunts
Thomas Rosales Jr. .... stunts
Gilbert Rosales .... stunts
Michael Runyard .... stunt coordinator
Michael Runyard .... stunts
Dick Ziker .... stunts
Joey Box .... stunts (uncredited)
Scott Hubbell .... stunts (uncredited)
Scott Hubbell .... water safety (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Chuck Brown .... dolly grip (as Charles Brown)
Chris Centrella .... key grip
Peter Davidian .... assistant chief lighting technician
Michael Gershman .... camera operator
Scott Gillis .... best boy grip
Mikael Glattes .... first assistant Steadicam
Stanley L. Gonsales .... assistant chief lighting technician
Kim Guthrie .... first assistant camera
Jeff Kluttz .... best boy grip
Christine M. Loss .... still photographer
Mark Mele .... rigging gaffer
James M. Muro .... Steadicam operator (as James Muro)
James M. Muro .... camera operator (as James Muro)
Chris Strong .... chief lighting technician
Chuck Whelan .... second assistant camera
Adam Glick .... set lighting technician (uncredited)
Michael R. Marquette .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Hugh McCallum .... grip (uncredited)
Stan McClain .... camera operator: Wescam camera (uncredited)
Rex Anson Rhorer .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Ronna Kress .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Fran Allgood .... costumer
Colby P. Bart .... costumer (as Colby Bart)
Alan Martin .... costumer
Linda L. Meltzer .... costumer (as Linda Meltzer)
Silvio Scarano .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
Mellissa Bretherton .... first assistant editor
Rick Howe .... assistant editor
Linda Shamest .... assistant editor
Music Department
Chris Boardman .... orchestrator
Brad Dechter .... orchestrator
James Newton Howard .... orchestrator
Shawn Murphy .... score mixer
David Olson .... assistant music editor
Jim Weidman .... music editor
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist (uncredited)
Michael Dittrick .... music editor (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Keith Dillin .... transportation coordinator
Randy Luna .... transportation co-captain (as Randall R. Luna)
Lee Willis .... transportation captain
David Diaz .... driver: Michael Douglas (uncredited)
Other crew
Robert Barbosa .... craft service
David M. Bernstein .... staff assistant
Kim Bodner .... assistant accountant
Jane Bovingdon .... special photographies
Paul Brinkman .... location manager (as Paul F. Brinkman Jr.)
Bart Brown .... staff assistant
Peter DePalma .... assistant: Mr. Douglas
Craig Dietrich .... staff assistant
Guy Ferland .... assistant: Mr. Schumacher
Gavin Hitt .... staff assistant
Nancy Hopton .... script supervisor
Derek E. Johansen .... staff assistant
Christine A. Johnston .... production associate
Michael Kase .... staff assistant (as Michael J. Kase)
Antoinette Levine .... location manager
Darrin Lipscomb .... assistant location manager
Susan Montgomery .... accountant
Boone Narr .... animal trainer
Maria Norman .... executive assistant: Arnold Kopelson
Anne S. Reilly .... unit publicist
Bettina Rose .... assistant: Mr. Schumacher
Lisa W. Strout .... assistant location manager
Lt. M.D. 'Doc' Warkentin .... technical advisor
Richard Wicklund .... teacher
Brad Wilson .... assistant: Mr. Duvall
Thomas Bianco .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Ursula Brauner .... animal trainer (uncredited)
Bill Daly .... post-production accountant manager (uncredited)
Jack E. Herman .... extras set coordinator (uncredited)
Robert Lamkin .... caterer (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for violence and strong language
113 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Brazil:16 | Canada:18A (Alberta/British Columbia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:16+ (Quebec) | Denmark:15 | Finland:K-16 | France:-12 | Germany:16 | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | Italy:VM14 | Mexico:C | Netherlands:16 | Netherlands:12 (TV version) (slightly cut) | Norway:15 | Philippines:R-18 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:18 (original rating: 1994) (cut) | South Korea:18 (re-rating) (1997) (uncut) | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:R (certificate #32146)

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"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 »
Factual errors: In the store when Bill calls his wife and makes the Apollo 13 reference, the spacecraft was actually prior to the point of no return when the service module exploded. The reason why the spacecraft couldn't return early was because was because the service module near the main engine was damaged and they did not want to risk lighting the engine up for fear that the ship may explode. A free-return trajectory was advised and they returned safely.See more »
[after Bill shoots the golf cart, triggering Frank's heart attack]
Bill Foster:What's wrong?
Frank:My - heart...
Bill Foster:Well, what can I do about it?
Frank:Pills... get p-pills...
Bill Foster:Where are your pills?
[Frank points towards the cart, which has just plunged into a water hazard]
Bill Foster:Bad news. Your little car's gonna drown. And you're gonna die, wearing that stupid hat. How does it feel?
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66 out of 97 people found the following review useful.
American Beauty meets George Carlin, 26 April 2000
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

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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