Falling Down

Warner Bros. Released 1993




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Joel Schumacher

Falling Down follows William Foster as a frustrated defense engineer who loses his job and slowly falls into a violent and psychotic breakdown in the midst of crowded Los Angeles. Foster , a recently divorced dad, simply wants to drive across town for his daughter's birthday party. The on-edge Foster encounters a traffic jam, and finds himself lost in the gang-saturated area of Central Los Angeles. After a tense argument with a local grocer, Foster finally snaps and begins to lash out at anyone who bothers him as he continues his attempt to get across the sprawling city. He purchases weapons and soon comes to the attention of Police Detective Prendergast. His ex-wife, Beth begins to receive strange calls from him.


Metacritic Score

  • 90

    The New York Times Vincent Canby

    Falling Down is the most interesting, all-out commercial American film of the year to date, and one that will function much like a Rorschach test to expose the secrets of those who...

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Falling Down does a good job of representing a real feeling in our society today. It would be a shame if it is seen only on a superficial level.

  • 30

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Falling Down encourages a gloating sense that we the long-suffering victims are finally getting our splendid revenge. The ultimate hollowness of that kind of triumph reflects the s...

Michael Douglas (I)

Michael Douglas (I)

William 'D-Fens' Foster

Robert Duvall

Robert Duvall

Detective Prendergast

Barbara Hershey

Barbara Hershey

Elizabeth Travino

Rachel Ticotin

Rachel Ticotin


Tuesday Weld

Tuesday Weld

Mrs. Prendergast

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    • Production budget - $25,000,000
      Domestic gross - $40,903,593

      Domestic adjusted for 2013 - $80,621,575

    • Other production companies:
      Alcor Films
      Regency Enterprises

    • Filming locations:
      MacArthur Park, Los Angeles, California
      Venice Beach, Venice, Los Angeles, California
      Angelo's Burgers, Lynwood, California
      Casa Carnitas, Los Angeles, California
      City of Industry, California
      Dark Room, Los Angeles, California
      Lincoln Heights, Los Angeles, California
      Manhattan Beach Pier, Manhattan Beach, California
      Ocean Front Walk, Venice Beach, Venice, Los Angeles, California
      Palos Verdes Peninsula, California
      Warner Brothers Burbank Studios, Burbank
      Subway Sandwich, West Hollywood, California
      Surplus Value Store, Los Angeles, California
      United States Post Office, Los Angeles, California
      Venice Pier, Venice, Los Angeles

    • Taglines:
      1. A Tale Of Urban Reality.
      2. The adventures of an ordinary man at war with the everyday world.

    • Music:
      The Stripper
      Written by David Rose
      Performed by David Rose and His Orchestra
      La Schmoove
      Written by Chip Fu, Moc Fu, Poc Fu,
      Phife Dawg and Ali Shaheed Muhammad
      Performed by Fu-Schnickens
      Murio Nuestro Amor De Verano
      Written and Performed by Luisa María Güell
      Estupida De Mi
      Written by Angel Anibal Rosado
      Performed by Arabella
      Happy Birthday To You
      Written by Patty S. Hill and Mildred J. Hill
      I Didn't Slip, I Wasn't Pushed, I Fell
      Written by Eddie Pola and George Wyle


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Psychological, Crime, Thrillers