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

Director:

Joel Schumacher

Writer:

Ebbe Roe Smith
Reviews
Popularity
1,258 ( 138)
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

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
Edit

Storyline

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

Taglines:

A Tale Of Urban Reality See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Steve Park and Raymond J. Barry have both appeared in Law & Order: Criminal intent episodes while the latter and Rachel Ticotin have had small roles in the TV series LOST. See more »

Goofs

When Bill is at the Whammyburger and tells the employees to turn around and look at the picture of the burger on the menu board, the boom mic is clearly reflected in it. See more »

Quotes

Bill Foster: I've passed the point of no return, Beth. Do you know when that is? That's the point in a journey where it's longer to go back to the beginning than it is to continue to the end. It's like... do you remember when those astronauts got in trouble? They were going to the moon and something went wrong. I don't know, somebody screwed up, and they had to get them back to Earth. But they had passed the point of no return. So they had to go all the way around the moon to get back-and they were out of ...
[...]
See more »

Crazy Credits

The role of Vondie Curtis-Hall, who plays the man protesting the bank, is credited as "Not Economically Viable Man." See more »

Connections

References Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

THE STRIPPER
Written by David Rose
Performed by David Rose and His Orchestra
Courtesy of POLYGRAM SPECIAL MARKETS
See more »

User Reviews

 
Don't We All Want To Fall Down Sometimes?
25 November 2002 | by MovieAddict2016See all my reviews

Michael Douglas and Robert Duvall star in a film that portrays life as true, funny and aggravating as it really is. Douglas is wonderful in his role of an average Joe Schmoe gone haywire, and Robert Duvall is vivid and deep as the cop on the chase.

Falling Down may have a few incredibilities (though I remember going through a lot of situations in the film Douglas went through-though I never was angry enough to pull a shotgun out), but it's more symbolic than anything.

I think the funniest part is the burger restaurant, obviously a mimic of McDonalds, and Douglas' reaction. It's kind of like he realizes, "Hey, I'm this far, why not complain about the burger while I'm at it? It's always bugged me anyway!" Falling Down represents all Americans: the aggravations, road rage we hear about, everything. Every day situations in a new perspective.

5/5 stars-

JOHN ULMER


142 of 165 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 473 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA | France | UK

Language:

English | Spanish | Korean

Release Date:

26 February 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Falling Down See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,724,452, 28 February 1993

Gross USA:

$40,903,593

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$40,903,593
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed