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Falling Down (1993)

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An unemployed defense worker frustrated with the various flaws he sees in society, begins to psychotically and violently lash out against them.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... D-Fens
... Prendergast
... Beth
... Sandra
... Mrs. Prendergast
... Surplus Store Owner
... D-Fens' Mother
Joey Hope Singer ... Adele (Beth's Child)
... Guy on Freeway
... Mr. Lee
... Captain Yardley
... Detective Lydecker
... Detective Brian
... Detective Jones
... Detective Keene
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Storyline

On the day of his daughter's (Joey Hope 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 ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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

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26 February 1993 (USA)  »

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Un día de furia  »

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Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,724,452, 26 February 1993

Gross USA:

$40,903,593
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

D-Fens (Michael Douglas) and Mr. Lee (Michael Paul Chan) have the same first names. See more »

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Bill's hands on his wife's face. See more »

Quotes

Sergeant Prendergast: Lucky you caught me.
Motorcycle Cop: I am?
Sergeant Prendergast: Yeah. Today's my last day as a cop.
Motorcycle Cop: Lucky me.
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The role of Vondie Curtis-Hall, who plays the man protesting the bank, is credited as "Not Economically Viable Man." See more »

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References Triumph of the Will (1935) See more »

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Douglas has turned out to be my favorite action hero
22 January 2002 | by See all my reviews

This was one of the best movies in the 90's that all of us stress takers can relate to. He represented us who put up with people's crap all day long and people who spit and walk over his face not being afraid of who he is. Douglas has proved to the world that even the most quiet fellows can be dangerous. I love this movie every step of the way. After watching this movie it seemed as if Duvall and the others were the bad guys and Douglas was the good guy.


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