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(1993)

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Michael Douglas considers this his favorite performance of all the movies he has been in.
Every studio in Hollywood turned down Ebbe Roe Smith's script. Producer Arnold Kopelson was getting to the stage of considering cable TV when Michael Douglas came across the script and pronounced it one of the best he'd ever read.
Filmed during the L.A. riots of 1992.
Iron Maiden's song entitled "Man on the Edge" is based on this movie.
The man who is yelling about being "not economically viable" in front of the bank is wearing the exact same clothes as D-Fens. Even the tie pattern is the same.
The Foo Fighters music video for their song "walk" is inspired by and mimics the movie Falling Down.
In the movie, D-Fens (Douglas) is referred to as being in his late 30s, but Michael Douglas was 47 at the time the movie was shot in 1992.
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, in the scene in which the police officer played by Sean Penn, spray paints a kid's face.
Detective Brian (Steve Park) says that he can't translate for Mr. Lee (Michael Paul Chan) because he is Japanese and Mr. Lee is Korean. In real life, Park is Korean and Chan is Chinese.
The cashier at the Whammy Burger, Sheila, is played by Michelle Pfeiffer's younger sister, Dedee. She appeared in the February 2002 issue of 'Playboy'.
"London Bridge is Falling Down" is heard several times in the film. Prendergast (Robert Duvall) sings "London Bridge" with his wife (Tuesday Weld) 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. A bridge appears on the retirement cake of Det. Pendergrast then moments later, he punches Detective Lydecker (D.W. Moffett) who falls into the bridge. Prendergast also planned to retire to Lake Havasu, Arizona, where the old London Bridge was moved to in 1971.
The baseball bat and machine gun are the only weapons Bill Foster uses more than once
The opening sequence of the film, in which Michael Douglas is stuck in traffic, is a direct homage to Federico Fellini's famous opening to "8 1/2".
The stripper for Prendergast (Robert Duvall) is named "Suzie". When she starts dancing, someone says "Susie Q", a reference to the Creedence Clearwater Revival song used in Apocalypse Now (1979), which also featured Duvall.
The kid who tells D-Fens how to use the rocket weapon could have learned the detailed instructions from watching Beverly Hills Cop II (1987).
The Korean American Coalition protested the film for its treatment of minorities as well as the Korean grocer. Because of this and the boycott threats that followed, this movie was banned in South Korea.
Graeme Revell wrote a rejected score.
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Lois Smith plays Michael Douglas's mother in this movie and his secretary in 'Fatal Attraction' six years earlier.
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The film cast includes two Oscar winners: Michael Douglas, Robert Duvall; and three Oscar nominees: Barbara Hershey, Tuesday Weld, Frederic Forrest.
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Bill Foster's license plate is D-FENS.
Although two screen legends Michael Douglas and Robert Duvall are the leads, they don't appear together until near the end of the film.
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D.W. Moffett also starred with Michael Douglas in 'Traffic' 7 years after 'Falling Down'
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The nursery rhyme "London Bridge is Falling Down", is likely to not sound the same for anyone who watches this film.
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When D-Fens (Michael Douglas) goes to buy the can of soda in the shop from Mr Lee (Michael Paul Chan) - incidentally Douglas and Chan both have the same Christian name - Mr Lee says, "Eighty-five cents". D-Fens says in surprise, "Eighty-five cents? That doesn't give me enough money for the phone call. I give you fifty cents, you give me fifty cents change". "Ha. No way", says Mr Lee stubbornly. "Yes way", quips D-Fens. Clearly both men aren't seeing eye to eye.
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Prendergast's daughter actually died from S.U.D.S (a.k.a sudden unexpected death syndrome).
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When the homeless man (John Fleck) tells D-Fens (Michael Douglas) that he drove down from Santa Barbara, audiences in Santa Barbara theaters cheered at the mention of their town.
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The payphone outside of the Whammy Burger is the only one that D-Fens doesn't use.
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Robert Duvall and Jack Kehoe later appeared in The Paper (1994), another movie that also takes places in just one busy day.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

As Bill Foster gets closer to home, the weapons he acquires become more lethal as do the people from whom he acquires them; First, he acquires a bat from the store owner, then a butterfly knife from the gang member, minutes later an Uzi from the same gang members car and finally a rocket launcher from the skinhead.
The Title of the Film also Refers to Fosters Mental Collapse
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