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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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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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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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In the surplus shop sequence, the homophobic Nick pulls a gun on D-Fens and tries to pinion him from behind while repeatedly and rapidly crying "give it to me!" It may have been intended to bring to mind a homosexual encounter, implying that Nick is as gay as the people he hates. See more »

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Rocket is still visible inside the rocket launcher immediately after being fired. See more »

Quotes

Bill Foster: [to customer at WhammyBurger] How are you enjoying your meal?
[customer vomits onto tray]
Bill Foster: [to manager] I think we have a critic here! I don't think she likes the special sauce, Rick... That was a joke.
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Crazy Credits

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 Death Wish (1974) See more »

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LA SCHMOOVE
Written by Chip Fu (as R. Roachford), Moc Fu (as J. Jones), Poc Fu (as L. Maturine),
Phife Dawg (as M. Taylor) and Ali Shaheed Muhammad (as A. Muhammad)
Performed by Fu-Schnickens
Courtesy of JIVE RECORDS
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Michael Douglas: voice of the average consumer
9 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

Joel Schumacher's career has gone down the drain since this movie, for now he is just trying to make stupid movies with no sense and style. However this proved to be one of his best films. Michael Douglas portrayed William Forster perfectly, giving us a character who is both sensible and psychotic at the same time. The whole scene with Douglas in the fast food restaurant was priceless, giving a voice to the typical angry consumer. So many messages in the film really brought out the stereotypical infuriated American, and gave us the reactionary nature of such an individual. While this film will most likely leak in to the annals of obscurity, this one will always remain in my video collection.


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