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
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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
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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

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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 »

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Trivia

Near the end of this movie, Prendergast (Robert Duvall) says to the Fosters that his idea of paradise was making babies. In Species (1995), Sil (Natasha Henstridge) says to John Carey (Whip Hubley) that she wants a baby (to reproduce her alien offspring). Andrzej Bartkowiak was the cinematographer for both films. See more »

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When D-FENS shoots out the phone booth, a man in the background dives off of his bike twice. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Nick: Think about it.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

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MURIO NUESTRO AMOR DE VERANO
(SIN POR QUE)
Written and Performed by Luisa María Güell (as Luisa Maria Guell)
Courtesy of KUBANEY RECORDS
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Michael Douglas: voice of the average consumer
9 July 2002 | by Agent10See 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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Release Date:

26 February 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Falling Down See more »

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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
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Dolby Stereo

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2.39 : 1
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