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Falling Down (1993) Poster

(1993)

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Michael Douglas considers this his favorite performance of all the movies he has been in.
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Every studio in Hollywood turned down Ebbe Roe Smith's script. Producer Arnold Kopelson was getting to the stage of considering cable television, when Michael Douglas came across the script and pronounced it one of the best he'd ever read.
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The movie was being shot on locations in Lynwood, California when the 1992 Los Angeles riots began. By April 30, the riots were sufficiently disruptive to force filming to stop early that day. Film crews produced more footage inside of Warner Brothers Studio in Burbank as the riots continued. By May 4, when the crew intended to resume in Pasadena, initial requests to do so were denied, causing delays. The tension around the riots, something that the filmmakers deemed to have an effect on the finished film.
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The Foo Fighters music video for their song "Walk" is inspired by, and mimics the movie.
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Iron Maiden's song "Man on the Edge" is based on this movie.
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The man who is yelling about being "not economically viable" in front of the bank is wearing the same clothes as D-Fens. Even the tie pattern is the same.
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The cashier at the Whammy Burger, Sheila, is played by Michelle Pfeiffer's younger sister, Dedee. She appeared in the February 2002 issue of Playboy Magazine.
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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.
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In the scene in which the drive-by car crashes, there is a mural of a Hispanic depiction of Jesus on the wall. This same mural is also present in Colors (1988), also starring Robert Duvall as an LAPD cop, in the scene in which the police officer played by Sean Penn, spray paints a kid's face.
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The opening sequence of the film, in which Forrester is stuck in traffic, is a direct homage to Federico Fellini's famous opening to (1963).
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"London Bridge is Falling Down" is heard several times in the film. Prendergast (Robert Duvall) sings "London Bridge" with his wife (Tuesday Weld) on the telephone. The same tune is played by the snow globe that D-Fens buys on Wilshire. The lyrics to the song are "London Bridge is falling down, falling down", a reference to the movie's title. A bridge appears on the retirement cake of Detective Pendergrast, then moments later, he punches Detective Lydecker (D.W. Moffett), who falls into the bridge. Prendergast also planned to retire to Lake Havasu City, Arizona, where the old London Bridge was moved, in 1971. D-Fens also says to Nick The Nazi (Frederic Forrest) "I'll fall down", and in the "what's wrong with the street?" scene, the construction worker explains he is there to keep people from falling in, and when D-Fens shoots out the phone booth, a cyclist falls down off his bicycle.
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In the movie, D-Fens (Michael Douglas) is referred to as being in his late 30s, but Michael Douglas was forty-seven at the time the movie was shot in 1992.
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D-Fens starts out the film dressed in a simple white shirt and tie with black pants. By the climax of the film, he's dressed in all black, which serves as a metaphor for his declining mental state.
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At the time of its release, Michael Douglas' father Kirk considered this to be his son's best performance.
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Where D-Fens (Michael Douglas) buys the snow globe for his daughter was filmed next door to the exterior shot of the Kobra Kai school (when Daniel is having lunch with his mother) in The Karate Kid (1984).
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Lois Smith played Michael Douglas' mother in this movie, and his secretary in Fatal Attraction (1987).
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The baseball bat and machine gun are the only weapons Bill Foster uses more than once.
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The character of D-Fens inspired the one-off character Frank Grimes in The Simpsons: Homer's Enemy (1997) (TV Episode). Like D-Fens, Frank Grimes has a shaved side hairstyle, wears glasses, wears a shirt and tie and just like D-Fens, Frank Grimes loses his cool when Homer's stupidity and behavior and Homer nicknaming him "Grimy" drives him mad and Grimes angrily rants about Homer's absent-minded behavior and his flaws as a human being, as everyone around him doesn't take him seriously about Homer and his stupidity.
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The stripper for Prendergast (Robert Duvall) is named "Suzie". When she starts dancing, someone says "Susie Q", a reference to the Creedence Clearwater Revival song used in Apocalypse Now (1979), which also featured Duvall, as well as Frederic Forrest (Nick).
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Dennis Hopper was considered to direct.
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The Korean American Coalition protested the film for its treatment of minorities, as well as the South Korean grocer. Because of this, and the boycott threats that followed, this movie was banned in South Korea.
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The scene where D-Fens (Michael Douglas) shoots out the phone booth is the same shopping center where Kane and Dooley (Eugene Levy and John Candy respectively, go to Bruno's gym called the Sport Pit in Armed and Dangerous (1986). That scene was filmed behind the Subway and Mikasa restaurants shown in this film, so it doesn't look the same, but it's the same building.
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Joel Schumacher envisioned his friend Michael Douglas in the lead role. However, Douglas planned to take a break from acting, as he had just done two films back-to-back, and desired to spend some time with his family. Douglas agreed to read the script after Schumacher's urging, and declared it one of the best he had ever read, taking the role immediately. The presence of such a popular actor as the lead allowed the film to get a much higher budget. Douglas, believing the film to be important, agreed to take a much lower salary, so the film could also have more money to be made.
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Body count: six.
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Gene Hackman, Walter Matthau, Sidney Poitier, Paul Newman, Jason Robards, Jr., and Jack Lemmon were considered for the role of Lester Prendergast.
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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.
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The film cast includes two Oscar winners: Michael Douglas and Robert Duvall; and three Oscar nominees: Barbara Hershey, Tuesday Weld, and Frederic Forrest.
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It was Director Joel Schumacher's idea for the crew cut that Michael Douglas had in this movie. Combined with the glasses Douglas wore, he was almost unrecognisable.
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At the time of its release, Michael Douglas's father Kirk considers this to be his son's best performance.
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The payphone outside of the Whammy Burger is the only one that D-Fens doesn't use.
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The location Bill Foster (D-Fens) (Michael Douglas) fires the rocket launcher is only one half mile from where Robert Craig (Brian Davis) was shot in the beginning of Colors (1988), which also starred Robert Duvall as a cop.
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Graeme Revell wrote a rejected score.
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When the homeless man tells D-Fens that he drove down from Santa Barbara, audiences in Santa Barbara theaters cheered at the mention of their town.
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Robert Duvall and Jack Kehoe appeared in The Paper (1994), another movie that also takes places in just one busy day.
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There are three filming locations that are the same (or at least nearby) as Colors (1988). Both movies starred Robert Duvall as an LAPD cop. Michael stars in this film and Sean Penn stars in Colors. They would appear together in The Game (1997). See filming locations & Google maps.
  • Robert "D-Fens" Foster (Michael Douglas) fires the rocket launcher was filmed only one half mile (three-fourths kilometer) from where the house where Robert Craig (Brian Davis) was shot in the beginning.
  • The mural with Jesus where Danny "Pac-Man" McGavin (Sean Penn) spray paints a young vandalizer's face.
  • The drive by shooting attempt is only 500 feet (150 meters) from a scene when Hodges & McGavin leave after having lunch and are on their way to ask a group of guys if they have seen any gang members, and a Payless shoe store can be seen in the background.
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The scene where Sandra (Rachel Ticotin) and Detective Prendergast (Robert Duvall) have lunch was filmed only two miles (three and a quarter kilometers) from the Cunningham family home in Happy Days (1974).
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D.W. Moffett and Michael Douglas appeared in Traffic (2000).
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The Whammy Burger scene was filmed only 2 miles (3.3 Km) from the opening scene in Monk: Mr. Monk Goes Home Again (2005).
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The opening scene of the film, in which Michael Douglas is stuck in gridlock on the freeway, took a day to shoot.
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As the song, "London Bridge is Falling Down", suggests, this bridge is in London. Cinematographer Andrzej Bartkowiak lived in London awhile when he was filming Doom (2005) and his children were in boarding school there.
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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.
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D-Fens (Michael Douglas) and Mr. Lee (Michael Paul Chan) have the same first names.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

As Bill Foster gets closer to home, the weapons he acquires become more lethal, as do the people from whom he acquires them. First, he acquires a bat from the store owner, then a butterfly knife from the gang member, a few minutes later an Uzi from the same gang members car, and finally a rocket launcher from the skinhead.
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Although screen legends Michael Douglas and Robert Duvall are the leads, they don't appear together until near the end of the film.
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Prendergast's daughter died from S.I.D.S. (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).
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