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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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The adventures of an ordinary man at war with the everyday world. See more »
An unemployed 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 ... William 'D-Fens' Foster

Robert Duvall ... Prendergast

Barbara Hershey ... Elizabeth 'Beth' Travino

Rachel Ticotin ... Sandra

Tuesday Weld ... Mrs. Prendergast

Frederic Forrest ... Nick, The Nazi Surplus Store Owner

Lois Smith ... Mrs. Foster / William's Mother
Joey Hope Singer ... Adele Foster-Travino

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 #1
Eddie Frias ... Gang Member #2
Pat Romano ... Gang Member #3

Julian Scott Urena ... Gang Member #4 (as Fabio Urena)

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

James Morrison ... Construction Sign Man by Bus Stop

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

John Fleck ... Seedy Guy in Park
Brent Hinkley ... Rick at Whammyburger

Dedee Pfeiffer ... Sheila at Whammyburger
Carole Androsky ... Woman Who Throws Up (as Carol Androsky)

Margaret Medina ... Lita the Waitress

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

Jack Betts ... Frank the Golfer
Al Mancini ... Jim the Golfer

John Diehl ... Dad at Back Yard
Amy Morton ... Mom at Back Yard
Abbey Barthel ... Trina at Back Yard

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
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
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 F. Brinkman Jr. .... location manager
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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Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Brazil:16 | Canada:18A | Canada:16+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | France:-12 | Germany:16 | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM14 | Netherlands:16 | Netherlands:12 (TV version) (slightly cut) | 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 | UK:15 (re-rating) | USA:R

Did You Know?

Prendergast sings "London Bridge" with his wife on the telephone. The same tune is played by the snow globe that D-Fens buys on Wilshire. The lyrics to the song are "London Bridge is falling down, falling down", a reference to the movie's title. Prendergast also planned to retire to Lake Havasu, Arizona, where the old London Bridge was moved to in 1971.See more »
Continuity: When shooting the phone booth, the man watching as happens in front of his eyes is changing hands from inside his pockets (in the long shot) to waving them around (the closer shot). There is no time between these shots to move his hands.See more »
Mr. Lee:Take the money.
Bill Foster:You think I'm a thief? Oh, you see, I'm not the thief. I'm not the one charging 85 cents for a *stinking* soda! You're the thief. I'm just standing up for my rights as a consumer.
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78 out of 90 people found the following review useful.
An Unusual Performance for Douglas...But a Good One!!!, 2 April 2004
Author: David Drebsky ( from Brooklyn, NY

Falling Down (1993)

Tagged as `the adventures of an ordinary man at war with the everyday world,' Joel Schumacher's `Falling Down' tells the tragic tale of William Foster aka D-FENS, a now unemployed defense worker who finds himself trapped on a hot summer day in bumper-to-bumper Los Angeles traffic. Having been pushed past the brink of sanity, Foster loses it and storms out of his car, walking around town and trying desperately to see his little daughter for her birthday, a daughter who is untouchable because of a court order against him by his estranged wife. Along the way, Foster will run across character types we've all come across: the 'war veteran' bum who is really just a lowlife looking to score some quick cash, an irate Korean grocery store owner, a homophobic neo-nazi army retail store owner, a crusty elitist country club golf player, super friendly fast food workers, young Hispanic thugs, and so forth. And each one will chip away at what remains of his patience and tolerance for stupidity, fueling a rampage.

Up against this anti-hero is Prendergast, a veteran cop who has felt many of the same pains as Foster, but who serves as sort of a foil to him. Foster has lost everything, and while Prendergast has lost quite a bit (his wife is a basketcase, his little daughter died years ago under mysterious circumstances), he still retains some optimism, calmness, and dignity. As Prendergast, who is on his last day on the job, begins to put together the pieces of the mysterious crime spree plaguing the city (he seems to be the only one smart enough to figure out it's all the doing of one man!), it pits him in an inevitable confrontation between him and Foster.

Michael Douglas, playing Foster / D-FENS plays an incredibly complex character. On the one hand, you know much of what he does is so wrong, but at the same time there's immense satisfaction at seeing him lash out at those deserving of it. And while he tries to stay calm, he finds himself constantly provoked by those who have 'wronged society.' In fact, many of the things he does could so easily have been avoided if the 'victims' were not so positively despicable. You can't help but feel at the end of the day, when Foster gets his due, that he's, in some small way, made Los Angeles a better place despite the carnage he's unleashed.

And this is perhaps what is so strange about the movie. There seems to be no clear message. Who was right? Who was wrong? It becomes a very blurry line over the approximately 2 hours of the movie's run. I've seen it now several times and I still can't give any definitive answer. Perhaps this is a strength, that different people will view this movie in different ways. Some will see this as the story of a noble, decent man who modern society has beaten down and crushed, and who desperately tries to struggle against the tyranny and betrayal. Others will see Foster as a lunatic who needed to be put down. No one, I think, will find that Foster doesn't warrant some sympathy.

Personally, I think Foster got the wrong end of the stick. His wife's anger and fear of him seems somewhat unwarranted, and though it is clear that Foster (and not just society itself) has brought many of his problems upon his own head, he is tired and angry and rightfully resentful at the course his life has taken. He feels he has nothing to live for, so he takes it out on anyone who crosses his path. I recommend this movie because the performances are all-around great, it delivers a solid cast, and as the portrayal of one man's journey down the path of madness, few have done better.

Grade: A-

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