Falling Down

Falling Down

Joel Schumacher (1992)

107min
18 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Made from a script that was rejected by every major Hollywood studio, this is a storming portrait of urban alienation in America. Some stateside critics were quick to brand the film racist, as Michael Douglas's white-collar worker snaps one day, abandons his car in gridlock and engages in a violent spree that sees him destroy a Korean store and take on a Latino gang. But Douglas is no racist vigilante. In director Joel Schumacher's bold, believable and darkly funny film, he is a man consumed by rage at his own powerlessness, who reacts with violence to anyone who tries to prevent him from reaching "home" - now more of a concept than a place. The film loses momentum towards the end, but Douglas gives a superb performance and he's matched by the excellent Robert Duvall as an ageing, world-weary cop tackling his last case before retirement.

Summary

A stressed motorist cracks under the pressures of everyday life, and the day that started out with a simple journey to visit his estranged family turns into an increasingly violent trek across Los Angeles. Director Joel Schumacher's satirical urban thriller, starring Michael Douglas, Robert Duvall, Barbara Hershey, Rachel Ticotin and Frederic Forrest.

Cast & Crew

D-Fens, William Foster Michael Douglas (1)
Prendergast Robert Duvall
Beth Barbara Hershey
Sandra Rachel Ticotin
Mrs Prendergast Tuesday Weld
Surplus Store owner Frederic Forrest
D-Fens's mother Lois Smith
Adele Joey Hope Singer
Mr Lee Michael Paul Chan
Captain Yardley Raymond J Barry
Detective Lydecker D W Moffett
Detective Brian Steve Park
Detective Jones Kimberly Scott
Detective Keene James Keane
Detective Graham Macon McCalman
Detective Sanchez Richard Montoya
Police clerk Bruce Beatty
Angie Karina Arroyave
Angie's mother Irene Olga Lopez
Rick (Whammyburger) Brent Hinkley
Sheila Dedee Pfeiffer
Waitress Margaret Medina
Frank, golfer Jack Betts
Jim, golfer Al Mancini
Director Joel Schumacher
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosGuidance: May be edited for violence and swearing. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama