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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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Did You Know?

The scene where D-Fens (Michael Douglas) shoots out the phone booth is the same shopping center where Kane & Dooley (Eugene Levy and John Candy respectively go to Bruno's gym called the Sport Pit in Armed and Dangerous (1986). That scene was filmed behind the Subway and Mikasa restaurants shown in this film so it doesn't look the same, but it's the same building.See more »
Continuity: At the drive-by shooting, the driver turns the wheel to the left to avoid crashing into another car, but the car turns to the right.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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200 out of 224 people found the following review useful.
An affirmation of decadence, 22 November 2004
Author: josevcutts ( from Sheffield, Northern England

Take the hottest day of the year, a traffic gridlock, cracked pavements, dirty streets, unwarranted hostility and a general feeling of being short changed. Then add the frustrations of having an estranged wife and child, an extremely jaded and unbalanced mindset, and the frustration of being obsolete with no marketable skills. Set them against the decadent back drop of modern day LA where if you are 'Not economically viable,' you are of no use, and the result is Falling Down.

The tag line 'The Adventures of an Ordinary man at War with the Everyday World,' makes Joel Schumacher's masterpiece sound like the benign story of a working stiff with issues. However Falling Down is a dark and engrossing urban fable, a study into the mind of the disenfranchised and reminder to all that the removal of comfort is a lot closer than we care to believe.

Full of clichés, like the cop on his last day before retiring, Falling Down bravely meets all expectations of stereotypes, rather than challenging them, making for a realistic reflection of a failing society. Here, a man in extremis, without the feral cunning or killer instinct required for a life in the street, makes his way on anger and luck alone, somehow surviving to leave a paper chase of violence and destruction behind.

Relying heavily on symbolism, illustrating a flip side of America running parallel to the hunky dory world occupied by the successful, the over all message of 'No Matter, Never Mind,' is clear in this world where children play next to vagrants dying from AIDS and Korean grocers can legally steal from the public with their overpriced goods.

Michael Douglas displays some hitherto unseen talent as the unbalanced D-FENS, as he casually totes gang weapons (complete with rubber bands on the grips) in his formal shirt and tie, does battle with store owners and comes up against fast food restaurants, homeless people, gangsters and Nazis. Robert Duval is equally brilliant as the desk jockey on his final day, determined to stop anyone else from being hurt, including the perp.

There is, of course, a small amount of Hollywood sentimentality thrown in for good measure, however the dynamics of such a strong narrative make this completely forgivable and it's possible to overlook this as a flaw given the film's overall strengths.

Praise surely has to go to Ebbe Roe Smith for writing one of the finest scripts ever to grace celluloid. Known for bit parts and cameos, who the hell knows who Ebbe really is? Look on IMDb to find out (if you're a geek like me) or release him into the ether if you don't care. The truth is, he's out there. The question is: Where's the next script?

On the whole, Falling Down is a powerful and dramatic indictment of American culture, societal decadence, and the failing values of the West. It's not for everyone and will most certainly offend some, but if approached with an open mind, will provide plenty of fuel for thought.

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