• Falling Down (1994)

Falling Down

Release Date: March 15th, 1994

DVD Release Date: October 26th, 1999

R |1 hr 55 min

Plot Summary

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: Michael Douglas, Robert Duvall, Barbara Hershey, Rachel Ticotin, Tuesday Weld, Frederic Forrest, Lois Smith, Raymond J. Barry

Director: Joel Schumacher

Genres: Action

Production Co: Regency Enterprises, Warner Bros., Le Studio Canal +, Alcor Films

Distributors: Warner Bros.

Keywords: 1990s, Daughter, Police officer, Intense, Fall, Pursuit, Quest, Los Angeles

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Mick LaSalleSan Francisco Chronicle

    A few times every year, Hollywood makes a mistake, violates formula and actually makes a great picture. Falling Down is one of the great mistakes of 1993, a film too good and too original to win any Oscars but one bound to be remembered in years to come as a true and ironic statement about life in our time. [26 Feb 1993, p.D1]

  • 70
    Julie SalamonWall Street Journal

    The filmmakers aren't out to make a crisp action fantasy like the vigilante movies of the 1970s. Their disaffected man has no specific enemy or at least not one that he acknowledges; modern life is his enemy. This realization hits him one day and he begins to act on it, spontaneously. He's an existential vigilante. [25 Feb 1993, p.A12]

  • 75
    Peter TraversRolling Stone

    Schumacher could have exploited those tabloid headlines about solid citizens going berserk. Instead, the timely, gripping Falling Down puts a human face on a cold statistic and then dares us to look away. show more

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