Falling Down

Warner Bros. Released 1993



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Movie Summary

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.


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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

    Frederic Forrest

    Frederic Forrest

    Nick, The Nazi Surplus Store Owner

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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