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Falling Down ()


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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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D-Fens
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Prendergast
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Beth
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Sandra
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Mrs. Prendergast
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Surplus Store Owner
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D-Fens' Mother
Joey Hope Singer ...
Adele (Beth's Child)
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Guy on Freeway
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Mr. Lee
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Captain Yardley
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Detective Lydecker
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Detective Brian
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Detective Jones
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Detective Keene
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Detective Graham
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Detective Sanchez
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Police Clerk
Matthew Saks ...
Officer at Station (as Mathew Saks)
Agustin Rodriguez ...
Gang Member One
Eddie Frias ...
Gang Member Two
Pat Romano ...
Gang Member Three
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Gang Member Four (as Fabio Urena)
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Angie
Irene Olga López ...
Angie's Mother
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Uniformed Officer at Beth's
Dean Hallo ...
Uniformed Officer's Partner
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Construction Sign Man by Bus Stop
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Seedy Guy in Park
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Rick (Whammyburger)
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Sheila (Whammyburger)
Carole Androsky ...
Woman Who Throws Up (Whammyburger) (as Carol Androsky)
Margaret Medina ...
Lita the Waitress
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Not Economically Viable Man
Mark Frank ...
Annoying Man at Phone Booth
Peter Radon ...
First Gay Man
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Second Gay Man
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Second Officer at Beth's (as Carole Ita White)
Russell Curry ...
Second Officer's Partner
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Guy Behind Woman Driver
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Street Worker
Valentino D. Harrison ...
Kid (with Missile Launcher)
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Frank (Golfer)
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Jim (Golfer)
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Dad (Back Yard Party)
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Mom (Back Yard Party)
Abbey Barthel ...
Trina (Back Yard Party)
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Suzie the Stripper (as Susie Singer)
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Paramedic
Valisha Jean Malin ...
Prendergast's Daughter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jeff Behar ...
Bodybuilder (uncredited)
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CHP Officer (uncredited)
Jorga Caye ...
Whammy Burger Customer (uncredited)
Titiksava Karunika Das ...
Hare Krishna (uncredited)
Vaiyasaki Das ...
Hare Krishna (uncredited)
Caitanya Dasi ...
Hare Krishna (uncredited)
Pavani Devi Dasi ...
Hare Krishna (uncredited)
Marjorie J. Frazier ...
Motorist / Pedestrian (uncredited)
Thomas M. Harrigan ...
Construction Worker (uncredited)
Jason Kramer ...
Paramedic (uncredited)
Deron McBee ...
Man at Pier (uncredited)
Harvey 'Mrigendra' Mechanic ...
Hare Krishna (uncredited)

Directed by

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Joel Schumacher

Written by

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Ebbe Roe Smith ... (written by)

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William S. Beasley ... associate producer
Stephen Joel Brown ... co-producer (as Stephen Brown)
Nana Greenwald ... co-producer
Timothy Harris ... producer
Dan Kolsrud ... co-producer
Arnold Kopelson ... producer
Arnon Milchan ... executive producer
Ebbe Roe Smith ... associate producer
John Tomko ... associate producer (as John J. Tomko)
Herschel Weingrod ... producer

Music by

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James Newton Howard

Cinematography by

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Andrzej Bartkowiak

Film Editing by

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Paul Hirsch

Editorial Department

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Donah Bassett ... negative cutter
Melissa Bretherton ... first assistant editor (as Mellissa Bretherton)
Rick Howe ... assistant editor
Linda Shamest ... assistant editor

Casting By

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Marion Dougherty

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Barbara Ling

Art Direction by

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Larry Fulton

Set Decoration by

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Cricket Rowland

Costume Design by

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Marlene Stewart

Makeup Department

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Stephen Abrums ... makeup artist (as Steve Abrums)
Lynda Gurasich ... hair stylist
Tom Lucas ... makeup artist

Production Management

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William S. Beasley ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Dennis Capps ... second assistant director
Stephen P. Dunn ... first assistant director (as Stephen Dunn)
David Fudge ... third assistant director
Stephen E. Hagen ... dga trainee

Art Department

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Mychael Bates ... property assistant
Kinney Booker ... swing gang
Francis N. 'Lucky' Costello ... stand-by painter
Mark Cowley ... swing gang
R. Scott Doran ... swing gang
Jill DuDeck ... art department staff assistant
Jann K. Engel ... set designer
Tim Flattery ... illustrator
Jody Gaber ... art department staff assistant (as Jody Levine)
Lauren Gabor ... swing gang
Tom Kaltsas ... swing gang
Glen Kennedy ... swing gang
Richard F. Mays ... assistant art director
Mike McNeilly ... artist
Chuck McSorley ... lead man
Vic Petrotta Jr. ... property assistant
William A. Petrotta ... property master
Brad Ricker ... set designer
Arthur Riddle ... construction foreman
David Ronan ... swing gang
John H. Samson ... construction coordinator
Daniel W. Blaha ... propmaker (uncredited)
Kinney Booker ... set dresser (uncredited)
Doug Crawford ... propmaker (uncredited)
Michael Denering ... scenic artist (uncredited)
Michael Ogle ... property/set man (uncredited)
Bob Skemp ... greensman (uncredited)
Tom von Badinski ... carpenter (uncredited)
Frank White ... propmaker (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Wayne Artman ... re-recording mixer
Steve Bowerman ... boom operator
Charles L. Campbell ... supervising sound editor
Tom E. Dahl ... re-recording mixer (as Tom Dahl)
Jerry Edemann ... assistant sound editor
Louis L. Edemann ... supervising sound editor
Richard C. Franklin ... sound editor
Andrea Horta ... adr editor
Doug Jackson ... sound editor
Nils C. Jensen ... sound editor
Angie Luckey ... assistant sound editor
David MacMillan ... production sound mixer
Chuck Neely ... sound editor
Mel Neiman ... processed sound effects
Kevin E. Patterson ... cable person
John Roesch ... foley artist
Rod Rogers ... assistant adr editor
Robert Schaper ... re-recording mixer
Larry Singer ... supervising adr editor
Alicia Stevenson ... foley artist
Franklin Jones Jr. ... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Mary Jo Lang ... foley mixer (uncredited)
John Soukup ... sound transfer (uncredited)
Carolyn Tapp ... foley recordist (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Jim Schwalm ... special effects (as James D. Schwalm)
Bob Stoker ... special effects
Lucinda Strub ... special effects
Matt Sweeney ... special effects coordinator

Visual Effects by

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Michael Talarico ... visual effects camera assistant (uncredited)

Stunts

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Gregory J. Barnett ... stunts
Bobby Bass ... stunts
Steve Boyum ... stunts
Gary Combs ... stunts
Steve M. Davison ... stunts
Mike De Luna ... stunts
Scott Dockstader ... stunts
Maria Doest ... stunts
Danny Epper ... stunts (as Danny Eppers)
Richie Gaona ... stunts
Armando Guerrero ... stunts
Norman Howell ... stunts
Tommy J. Huff ... stunts
Jeff Imada ... stunts
Henry Kingi ... stunts
Steven Lambert ... stunts
Eric Mansker ... stunts
Gary McLarty ... stunts
John Meier ... stunts
Manny Perry ... stunts
Ronnie Rondell Jr. ... stunts
Thomas Rosales Jr. ... stunts
Gilbert Rosales ... stunts
Michael Runyard ... stunt coordinator / stunts
Dick Ziker ... stunts
Joey Box ... stunts (uncredited)
Scott Hubbell ... stunts (uncredited) / water safety (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Chuck Brown ... dolly grip (as Charles Brown)
Chris Centrella ... key grip
Peter Davidian ... assistant chief lighting technician
Michael Gershman ... camera operator
Scott Gillis ... best boy grip
Mikael Glattes ... first assistant Steadicam
Stanley L. Gonsales ... assistant chief lighting technician
Kim Guthrie ... first assistant camera
Jeff Kluttz ... best boy grip
Christine M. Loss ... still photographer
Mark Mele ... rigging gaffer
James M. Muro ... camera operator (as James Muro) / steadicam operator (as James Muro)
Chris Strong ... chief lighting technician
Chuck Whelan ... second assistant camera
Adam Glick ... set lighting technician (uncredited)
Michael R. Marquette ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Hugh McCallum ... grip (uncredited)
Stan McClain ... camera operator: Wescam camera (uncredited)
Rex Anson Rhorer ... grip (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Ronna Kress ... casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Fran Allgood ... costumer
Colby P. Bart ... costumer (as Colby Bart)
Alan Martin ... costumer
Linda L. Meltzer ... costumer (as Linda Meltzer)
Silvio Scarano ... costume supervisor

Location Management

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Paul Brinkman ... location manager (as Paul F. Brinkman Jr.)
Antoinette Levine ... location manager
Darrin Lipscomb ... assistant location manager
Lisa W. Strout ... assistant location manager

Music Department

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Chris Boardman ... orchestrator
Brad Dechter ... orchestrator
James Newton Howard ... orchestrator
Shawn Murphy ... score mixer
David Olson ... assistant music editor
Jim Weidman ... music editor
Tom Boyd ... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited) / oboe soloist (uncredited)
Michael Dittrick ... music editor (uncredited)
Marty Paich ... conductor (uncredited)
Eric Stonerook ... copyist (uncredited)
James Thatcher ... musician: french horn (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Keith Dillin ... transportation coordinator
Randy Luna ... transportation co-captain (as Randall R. Luna)
Lee Willis ... transportation captain
David Diaz ... driver: Michael Douglas (uncredited)

Other crew

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Robert Barbosa ... craft service
David M. Bernstein ... staff assistant
Kim Bodner ... assistant accountant
Jane Bovingdon ... special photographies
Bart Brown ... staff assistant
Peter DePalma ... assistant: Mr. Douglas
Craig Dietrich ... staff assistant
Guy Ferland ... assistant: Mr. Schumacher
Gavin Hitt ... staff assistant
Nancy Hopton ... script supervisor
Derek E. Johansen ... staff assistant
Christine A. Johnston ... production associate
Michael Kase ... staff assistant (as Michael J. Kase)
Susan Montgomery ... accountant
Boone Narr ... animal trainer
Maria Norman ... executive assistant: Arnold Kopelson
Anne S. Reilly ... unit publicist
Bettina Rose ... assistant: Mr. Schumacher
Lt. M.D. 'Doc' Warkentin ... technical advisor
Richard Wicklund ... teacher
Brad Wilson ... assistant: Mr. Duvall
Thomas Bianco ... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Ursula Brauner ... animal trainer (uncredited)
Bill Daly ... post-production accountant manager (uncredited)
Jack E. Herman ... extras set coordinator (uncredited)
Robert Lamkin ... caterer (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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 day before retirement, is following the wave of crimes and believes that the same man is responsible but the other detectives do not pay attention to him. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines The adventures of an ordinary man at war with the everyday world. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Chute libre (France)
  • Falling Down - Ein ganz normaler Tag (Germany)
  • Un día de furia (Spain)
  • Cadere (Romania)
  • Пропадане (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
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Runtime
  • 113 min
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Budget $25,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Michael Douglas considers this his favorite performance of all the movies he has been in. See more »
Goofs M-72 LAWs are unguided rockets, not heat seeking missiles like the neo-Nazi character implies. This may have been an intentional mistake by the film-makers for that character. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into The Clock (2010). See more »
Soundtracks THE STRIPPER See more »
Crazy Credits "London Bridge is Falling Down" plays briefly at the very end of the credits. See more »
Quotes Gang Member #1: Whatcha doin' Mister?
Bill Foster: Nothing.
Gang Member #1: Yes you are man, you're trespassing on private property.
Bill Foster: Trespassing?
Gang Member #2: You're loitering too, man.
Gang Member #1: That's right, you're loitering too.
Bill Foster: I didn't see any signs.
Gang Member #1: [pointing at a graffiti skull] Whatcha call that?
Bill Foster: Graffiti.
Gang Member #1: No man, that's not fucking graffiti. That's a sign.
Gang Member #2: He can't read it man.
Gang Member #1: I'll read it for you. It says this is fucking private property. No fucking trespassing. This means fucking you.
Bill Foster: It says all that?
Gang Member #1: Yeah.
Bill Foster: Well, maybe if you wrote it in fucking English, I could fucking understand it.
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