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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)
Jorga Caye ... Whammy Burger Customer (uncredited)
Marjorie J. Frazier ... Motorist / Pedestrian (uncredited)
Thomas M. Harrigan ... Construction Worker (uncredited)
Jason Kramer ... Paramedic (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 Joel Brown .... co-producer (as Stephen Brown)
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 .... re-recording mixer
Steve Bowerman .... boom operator
Charles L. Campbell .... supervising sound editor
Tom E. Dahl .... 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 .... re-recording mixer
Larry Singer .... supervising adr editor
Alicia Stevenson .... foley artist
Franklin Jones Jr. .... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Mary Jo Lang .... foley mixer (uncredited)
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
Carolyn Tapp .... foley recordist (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
Melissa Bretherton .... first assistant editor (as Mellissa Bretherton)
Rick Howe .... assistant editor
Linda Shamest .... assistant editor
Location Management
Paul Brinkman .... location manager (as Paul F. Brinkman Jr.)
Antoinette Levine .... location manager
Darrin Lipscomb .... assistant location manager
Lisa W. Strout .... assistant location manager
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)
Marty Paich .... conductor (uncredited)
Eric Stonerook .... copyist (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
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)
Susan Montgomery .... accountant
Boone Narr .... animal trainer
Maria Norman .... executive assistant: Arnold Kopelson
Anne S. Reilly .... unit publicist
Bettina Rose .... assistant: Mr. Schumacher
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)

Did You Know?

In the scene in which the drive-by car crashes, there is a mural of Christ on the wall. This same mural is also present in Colors (1988), also starring Robert Duvall as an LAPD cop, in the scene in which the police officer played by Sean Penn, spray paints a kid's face.See more »
Continuity: 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:You have a choice. I can kill you. Or you can kill me, and my daughter will get the insurance.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Razorback (1984)See more »


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94 out of 109 people found the following review useful.
Excellent Observations of Society, 20 January 2004
Author: Beaux from College Park, Maryland

"Falling Down" is a film that intends to point out the many quirks and oddities of modern urban society. It succeeds in doing so, but one must look carefully. Each situation Bill Foster (Michael Douglas) faces is one that most people can relate to. However, unlike most people he decides to "fight the system" and wage war on the everyday annoyances that we all face. Foster is a People's Champion. To illustrate this, most people who watch this film naturally pull for him and see him as being a hero, mostly out of pure sympathy. However, at the end of the day, Foster is still "the bad guy" for going against the societal grain. Most viewers will find this upsetting or even unfair, considering that he fought back against many criminals and unjust forces.

Where Falling Down fails at times is during the scenes where it attempts to do too many things at once. The bits of humor throughout the film are mostly derived from over-the-top scenes, and at times Foster's actions seem cheesy and unrealistic. The fact that the film is two stories in one (Foster and Prendergast) provides a good contrast because the viewer gets to see both sides of the story. On one hand, we see an ordinary family man going bezerk (but in a way most of us can understand) and on the other hand we see a cop who believes Foster is a complete psychopath. Only the audience knows the truth. The film could have done without some of the lame subplots such as Duvall's marriage, even though those scenes illustrate his perception of being "weak" or "whipped". The film sets out to do a lot at once, which is quite necessary to create a thorough storyline, but at times doesn't come out right on film.

One scene that I have always found moving and powerful is the scene where Bill Foster sees the man who is "Not Economically Viable" protesting outside of the bank that denied him a loan. As everyone on the busy street goes about their business and ignores this man, Foster (and the viewer) are focused directly on him. Foster obviously sympathizes with this poor, hardworking man who is also being stepped on by society. As the man is escorted away in the police car he looks directly at Foster and says "don't forget me". In a gesture of sympathy and appreciation, he nods to him. The two characters share a connection. It is especially important to notice the symbolism of this scene. Both men are wearing the exact same outfits: a white short-sleeved dress shirt, black tie and black pants. They are on the opposite sides of the street. When they look at each other, even though they are white and black, it is as though they are looking into a mirror and seeing the same thing: a victim of society.

Overall, a slightly sad story that tries to do a whole lot, succeeds in most of it and provides lots of entertainment. A good storyline and an excellent observation of modern society.

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