Falling Down

Falling Down

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Director: Joel Schumacher

Cast: Joel Schumacher, Michael Douglas, Robert Duvall, Barbara Hershey

     
 

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It's just not William Foster's (Michael Douglas) day. Laid off from his defense job, Foster gets stuck in the middle of the mother of all traffic jams. Desirous of attending his daughter's birthday party at the home of his ex-wife (Barbara Hershey), Foster abandons his car and begins walking, encountering one urban humiliation after another (the Korean shopkeeper who… See more details below

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It's just not William Foster's (Michael Douglas) day. Laid off from his defense job, Foster gets stuck in the middle of the mother of all traffic jams. Desirous of attending his daughter's birthday party at the home of his ex-wife (Barbara Hershey), Foster abandons his car and begins walking, encountering one urban humiliation after another (the Korean shopkeeper who obstinately refuses to give change is the worst of the batch). He also slowly unravels mentally, finally snapping at a fast-food restaurant that refuses to serve him breakfast because it's "too late." Running amok with an arsenal of weapons at the ready, Foster -- also known as "D-FENS" because of his vanity license plate -- rapidly becomes a source of terror to some, a folk hero to others. It's up to reluctant cop Prendergast (Robert Duvall), on the eve of his retirement, to bring D-FENS down.

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Joel Schumacher's social commentary features an exceptional performance from Michael Douglas as D-Fens, a man who unravels under the weight of the nerve-wracking oppression of the Establishment. Balancing precariously on the edge of convention, D-Fens' sense of the "American way" is increasingly undermined as one frustration after another materializes during his mission through the urban jungle of Los Angeles. In the course of his plunge into a profound, sociopathic disillusionment, D-Fens strips away society's constructs to reveal internally flawed social and economic mechanisms. The host of caricatures he encounters, from a stingy Korean store owner to uncompromising fast-food employees, turf-conscious gangbangers and a neo-Nazi army-surplus store owner (played with gleeful ickiness by Frederic Forrest), are products of a dehumanizing social and economic system, and are used to symbolize capitalism's darker side. Schumacher does well to pinpoint the flaws of the system, but unfortunately he offers nothing in the way of solutions. Meanwhile, both Douglas and the peerless Robert Duvall nail their respective roles and find their grooves within a well-written script. This street-smart film is as entertaining as it is biting, but ultimately suffers from a denouement not nearly as spectacular as its build-up; what could have been a modern masterpiece is downgraded to exceedingly above-average cinema.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/26/2009
UPC:
0085391156888
Original Release:
1993
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:52:00
Sales rank:
35,050

Special Features

Commentary by Michael Douglas and director Joel Schumacher; A Conversation with Michael Douglas; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Douglas D-Fens/William Foster
Robert Duvall Prendergast
Barbara Hershey Beth
Rachel Ticotin Sandra
Tuesday Weld Mrs. Prendergast
Frederic Forrest Surplus Store Owner
Lois Smith D-Fens' Mother
Carol Androsky Woman who Throws Up "Whammyburger"
Marion Dougherty Actor
Mary Ella Ross Featured
Ebbe Roe Smith Guy on Freeway
Michael Paul Chan Mr. Lee
Raymond J. Barry Captain Yardley
D.W. Moffett Detective Lydecker
Stephen Park Detective Brian
Kimberly Scott Detective Jones
James Keane Detective Keene
Macon McCalman Detective Graham
Richard Montoya Detective Sanchez
Bruce Beatty Police Clerk
Mathew Saks Officer At Station
Agustin Rodriguez Gang Member 1
Eddie Frias Gang Member 2
Pat Romano Gang Member 3
Fabio Urena Gang Member 4
Karina Arroyave Angie
Irene Olga Lopez Angie's Mother
Benjamin Mouton Uniformed Officer at Beth's
Dean Hallo Uniformed Officer's Partner
James Morrison Construction Sign Man by Bus Stop
John Fleck Seedy Guy in Park
Brent Hinkley Rich "Whammyburger"
DeDee Pfeiffer Sheila "Whammyburger"
Vondie Curtis-Hall Not Economically Viable Man
Mark Frank Annoying Man at Phone Booth
Spencer Rochfort 2nd Gay Man
Carole Ita White 2nd Officer at Beth's
Russell Curry 2nd Officer's Partner
John Fink Guy Behind Woman Driver
Jack Kehoe Street Worker
Jack Betts Frank (Golfer)
Al Mancini Jim (Golfer)
John Diehl Dad "Back Yard Party"
Amy Morton Mom "Back Yard Party"
Wayne Duvall Paramedic
Peter Radon 1st Gay Man
Jordan Foster Bob

Technical Credits
Joel Schumacher Director
Andrzej Bartkowiak Cinematographer
William S. Beasley Associate Producer,Production Designer
Stephen Brown Co-producer
Marion Dougherty Casting
Jann K. Engel Set Decoration/Design
Larry Fulton Art Director
Nana Greenwald Co-producer
Timothy Harris Producer
Paul Hirsch Editor
James Newton Howard Score Composer
Mike Jackman Producer
Dan Kolsrud Co-producer
Arnold Kopelson Producer
Barbara Ling Production Designer
Arnon Milchan Executive Producer
Brad Ricker Set Decoration/Design
Cricket Rowland Set Decoration/Design
Michael Runyard Stunts
Ebbe Roe Smith Associate Producer,Screenwriter
Marlene Stewart Costumes/Costume Designer
Herschel Weingrod Producer

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