Falling Down 1993

Falling Down

Critics Consensus

Falling Down's popcorn-friendly take on its complex themes proves disquieting -- and ultimately fitting for a bleakly entertaining picture of one man's angry break with reality.

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A middle-aged man dealing with both unemployment and divorce, William Foster (Michael Douglas) is having a bad day. When his car breaks down on a Los Angeles highway, he leaves his vehicle and begins a trek across the city to attend his daughter's birthday party. As he makes his way through the urban landscape, William's frustration and bitterness become more evident, resulting in violent encounters with various people, including a vengeful gang and a dutiful veteran cop (Robert Duvall).

Cast

Robert Duvall
as Det. Martin Prendergast
Tuesday Weld
as Mrs. Prendergast
Raymond J. Barry
as Capt. Yardley
D.W. Moffett
as Det. Lydecker
Steve Park
as Det. Brian
Kimberly Scott
as Det. Jones
James Keane
as Det. Keene
Macon McCalman
as Det. Graham
Richard Montoya
as Det. Sanchez
Bruce Beatty
as Police Clerk
Stephen Park
as Detective Brian
Frederic Forrest
as Surplus Store Owner
Mathew Saks
as Officer At Station
Lois Smith
as D-Fens' Mother
Agustin Rodriguez
as Gang Member 1
Ebbe Roe Smith
as Guy on Freeway
Eddie Frias
as Gang Member 2
Pat Romano
as Gang Member 3
Fabio Urena
as Gang Member 4
Irene Olga Lopez
as Angie's Mother
Benjamin Mouton
as Uniformed Officer at Beth's
Dean Hallo
as Uniformed Officer's Partner
James Morrison
as Construction Sign Man by Bus Stop
John Fleck
as Seedy Guy in Park
Brent Hinkley
as Rick at Whammyburger
Dedee Pfeiffer
as Sheila at Whammyburger
Carol Androsky
as Woman Who Throws Up
Margaret Medina
as Lita the Waitress
Vondie Curtis-Hall
as Not Economically Viable Man
Mark Frank
as Annoying Man at Phone Booth
Peter Radon
as 1st Gay Man
Spencer Rochfort
as 2nd Gay Man
Carole Ita White
as 2nd Officer at Beth's
Russell Curry
as 2nd Officer's Partner
John Fink
as Guy Behind Woman Driver
Valentino Harrison
as Kid with Missile Launcher
Jack Betts
as Frank the Golfer
Al Mancini
as Jim the Golfer
John Diehl
as Dad at Back Yard Party
Amy Morton
as Mom at Back Yard Party
Abbey Barthel
as Trina at Back Yard Party
Susie Singer Carter
as Suzie the Stripper
Wayne Duvall
as Paramedic
Valisha Jean Malin
as Prendergast's Daughter
Jack Kehoe
as Street Worker
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Audience Reviews for Falling Down

  • Oct 06, 2019
    While not a perfect picture, Schumacher and Douglas' take on modern man's disassociation resonates in spite of the gratuitous liberties taken, and delivers a sobering snapshot of a protagonist completely oblivious of having crossed the line by more than 'just a little'. Good stuff, and the best work I've seen from Michael Douglas.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 15, 2013
    One of the best films ever, truly a master piece, I love it to bits. It wasted no time going straight into action. I can't express how much I loved this film. Falling Down is about a average Joe who got fed up with the amount of problems he sees in this world (USA) and decided to act on it. The acting from Michael Douglas was probably his best, he completely immersed himself with his character. I love the subtle symbols in the film as well, the dialogue was amazing, I loved everything in this film and I could just watch it again and again. My favourite part was probably the slow deterioration of his mentality through the changing weapon of choice. This is a must see.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Nov 29, 2011
    The ending may fall flat, but the rest of the movie has some good acting and direction from Schumacher, who manages to make a film that isn't terrible. Michael Douglas plays a very original character. Overall, I was impressed.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Oct 17, 2011
    You will never find a film which can define our reality like 'Falling Down'. It shows our society, along with most of its problems, of how we are slowly falling apart. With a strong story and brilliant performance by Michael Douglas, this film will make you see more clearly with the world around you.
    Samuel R Super Reviewer

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