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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. Read critic reviews

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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 & Crew

Michael Douglas
William Foster, D-Fens
Robert Duvall
Prendergast
Rachel Ticotin
Detective Sandra
Tuesday Weld
Amanda Prendergast
Frederic Forrest
Nick, Surplus Store Owner
Lois Smith
William Foster's Mother
Raymond J. Barry
Captain Yardley
William S. Beasley
Associate Producer
Stephen Brown
Co-Producer
Dan Kolsrud
Co-Producer
Arnon Milchan
Executive Producer
Ebbe Roe Smith
Associate Producer
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Critic Reviews for Falling Down

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  • 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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