Falling Down (1993)
Front Cover Actor
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
Stephen Park Detective Brian
Macon McCalman Detective Graham
Richard Montoya Detective Sanchez
Movie Details
Genre Drama
Director Joel Schumacher
Language English
Audience Rating R (Restricted)
Running Time 112 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Plot
This film, about a downsized engineer (Michael Douglas) who goes ballistic, triggered a media avalanche of stories about middle-class white rage when it was released in 1993. In fact, it's nothing more than a manipulative, violent melodrama about one geek's meltdown. Douglas, complete with pocket protector, nerd glasses, crewcut, and short-sleeved white shirt, gets stuck in traffic one day near downtown L.A. and proceeds to just walk away from his car--and then lose it emotionally. Everyone he encounters rubs him the wrong way--and a fine lot of stereotypes they are, from threatening ghetto punks to rude convenience store owners to a creepy white supremacist--and he reacts violently in every case. As he walks across L.A. (now there's a concept), cutting a bloody swath, he's being tracked by a cop on the verge of retirement (Robert Duvall). He also spends time on the phone with his frightened ex-wife (Barbara Hershey). Though Douglas and Duvall give stellar performances, they can't disguise the fact that, as usual, this is another film from director Joel Schumacher that is about surface and sensation, rather than actual substance.
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 45
In Collection Yes
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
UPC 085391264828
Release Date 2000
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Dolby Widescreen