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Falling Down (1993)

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An ordinary man frustrated with the various flaws he sees in society begins to psychotically and violently lash out against them.


Joel Schumacher


Ebbe Roe Smith
1,799 ( 230)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Singer Joey Singer ... Adele (Beth's Child) (as Joey Hope Singer)
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


On the day of his daughter's (Joey Singer) birthday, William "D-Fens" Foster (Michael Douglas) is trying to get to his estranged ex-wife's (Barbara Hershey) house to see his daughter. He has a breakdown and leaves his car in a traffic jam in Los Angeles and decides to walk. Along the way he stops at a convenience store and tries to get some change for a phone call but the owner, Mister Lee (Michael Paul Chan), does not give him change. This destabilizes William who then breaks apart the shop with a baseball bat and goes to an isolated place to drink a coke. Two gangsters (Agustin Rodriguez & Eddie Frias) threaten him and he reacts by hitting them with the bat. D-FENS continues walking and stops at a phone booth. The gangsters hunt him down with their gang and shoot at him but crash their car. William goes nuts and takes their gym bag with weapons proceeding in his journey of rage against injustice. Meanwhile Sergeant Martin Prendergast (Robert Duvall), who is working on his last day ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The adventures of an ordinary man at war with the everyday world. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and strong language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


"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 Foster 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 Detective Pendergrast, then moments later, he punches Detective Lydecker (D.W. Moffett), who falls into the bridge. Prendergast also planned to retire to Lake Havasu City, Arizona, where the old London Bridge was moved, in 1971
  • Foster also says to Nick The Nazi (Frederic Forrest) "I'll fall down"
  • In the "what's wrong with the street?" scene, the construction worker explains he is there to keep people from falling in
  • When Foster shoots out the phone booth, a cyclist falls down off his bicycle.
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Products seen on lowest shelf during the fight between D-FENS and Mr. Lee change from chips to cereal to maxi-pads and also change position. See more »


Annoying Man at Phone Booth: Excuse me... Hey, EXCUSE ME. I don't know if you have noticed it or not, but there are other people waiting to use the phone here.
Bill Foster: There are?
Annoying Man at Phone Booth: Yeah.
Bill Foster: There's other people who want to use the phone?
Annoying Man at Phone Booth: That's right, you selfish asshole.
Bill Foster: Well, that's too bad. Because you know what?
Bill Foster: [firing a submachine gun into the phone booth] I think it's out of order.
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Crazy Credits

"London Bridge is Falling Down" plays briefly at the very end of the credits. See more »


Referenced in One Night at McCool's (2001) See more »


Written by David Rose
Performed by David Rose and His Orchestra
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Movie makes more sense now than then..
4 April 2019 | by the_blueeyesSee all my reviews

The older you get, the more you will make sense and understand this movie

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Release Date:

26 February 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,724,452, 28 February 1993

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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