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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

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 South Korean, and Chan is Chinese. See more »

Goofs

When Bill's wife leads the lady police officer out of the house, she turns, closes, and maybe locks the gate to her front yard. When Bill finally arrives, when his wife leaves the house from the back door, he runs through an open gate up to the front door. See more »

Quotes

Sergeant Prendergast: Fuck you, Fuck you very much.
[continues walking past Yardly and the news crews]
Captain Yardley: You're welcome...
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Crazy Credits

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

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Referenced in The Simpsons: Lisa the Skeptic (1997) See more »

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I DIDN'T SLIP, I WASN'T PUSHED, I FELL
Written by Eddie Pola and George Wyle
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American Beauty meets George Carlin
26 April 2000 | by See all my reviews

Joel Schumacher's Falling Down is really an under-rated film. Michael Douglas gives his best performance yet as a middle aged man who is now gone completely insane. I compare it to American Beauty and George Carlin because basically that is what this is. A regular guy who's had enough of life (and goes around lecturing people about how life for him sucks). Still, Schumacher, Douglas and co-star Robert Duvall try their best and succeed with perfect precision. One of the best films of 1993.


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