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About the Movie
Academy Award-winners Michael Douglas ("Disclosure," "Wall Street," and "Basic Instinct") and Robert Duvall ("A Civil Action," "The Godfather") star with Emmy-winner and Oscar-nominee Barbara Hershey ("Portrait of a Lady," "Hannah and Her Sisters") in this action-drama about a man's odyssey into madness, prompted by the effects of modern city life. It follows two ordinary men: a laid-off defense worker (Douglas) driven beyond frustration in an endless traffic jam now on a path of violence and potential self destruction, and an LAPD detective (Duvall), only hours away from retirement who is determined to find him and stop his vigilante acts. Directed by hit-maker Joel Schumacher ("Batman Forever," "The Client"). The New York Times called this "a wickedly mischievous, entertaining suspense thriller..."
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 49
- Fresh: 36
- Rotten: 13
- Average Rating: 6.7/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: It turns one man's slide toward madness into a wickedly mischievous, entertaining suspense thriller.
Rotten: Falling Down is a brutally manipulative revenge fantasy, a piece of comic-strip demagoguery that teeters uneasily on the brink of satire.
Fresh: At first comes across like a mean-spirited black comedy and then snowballs into a reasonably powerful portrait of social alienation. The tone is unremittingly dour, however.
Fresh: Douglas's intentionally robotic -- and intense -- performance holds its own. He's scary, normal and funny all at once...
Excellent Acting by Michael Douglas
I’ve never seen Michael Douglas in so good a role. Duvall is also good, and I actually could stomach Barbara Hershey (before the days she actually spoke her lines with her upper and lower teeth separated.) Worth the time. All other character actors were great, too.
"Falling Down" is a movie that deals with some controversial subjects. Some see it simply as a "vigilante" movie but it is much deeper than that on many levels. Spoiler Alert: As part of my review I am also going to write about what happens in the movie. The main character played superbly by Michael Douglas is obviously mentally ill when the movie starts. My question is what were the outside factors that drove him to reach the point when the pin was finally pulled from this human grenade. The viewer learns that "Bill" is divorced and that his ex-wife has a restraining order against him so that he can't see her or their young daughter. Later in the movie, the viewer finds out that "Bill" was fired from his job. Bill can not accept the reality that he can't see his daughter and wife, and that he was fired. His frustration finally boils over when he is in a massive traffic jam driving to his old job even though he doesn't work there anymore. He sees a young girl in the car in front of him, and he remembers that today is his daughter's birthday. Stuck in gridlock on the highway, he abandons his car, and announces, "I am going home." I will paint a picture of Bill: a forty year old white guy wearing a white short sleeve button-down shirt and tie. Bill also wears nerdy glasses and he has a military style "buzz" haircut. Bill starts walking toward Venice Beach where his ex-wife and child live. He needs change for the pay phone to call his ex-wife and that's where the first conflict starts. Bill goes into a Korean grocery to get change for a dollar and the owner wont give him change. The grocery store owner says that Bill must buy something to get change. Bill picks out a can of soda. The grocery owner tells Bill that the can of soda costs 85 cents (we are talking 1992 prices here, so 85 cents for a can of soda is outrageous). Bill tells the owner that if he buys the soda for 85 cents, he won't have enough change to make his phone call. The grocery store owner doesn't care that Bill won't have enough change, and he tells Bill to either buy the soda or leave. Bill says he won't leave. The grocery owner reaches for a baseball bat. A struggle ensues and Bill takes the bat from the grocer. Now the situation has escalated, and Bill destroys some of the grocery products that he feels are grossly overpriced. Bill also reminds the Korean grocer that the USA gives a lot of aid to Korea, and that he should learn how to speak English better. Bill leaves with the bat. Bill's next encounter on his walk toward Venice Beach is with two Latino gang members who try to mug Bill and steal his briefcase. They pull a switchblade on Bill, but Bill has the bat, and he busts them up and they run away. Bill keeps the switchblade. Things get progressively more violent as Bill loses all his inhibitions and vents his frustrations. The police begin to become aware of these crimes, but it takes an older cop played by Robert Duvall, who is retiring, to figure out the pattern of crimes leading to the ex-wife's house. I highly recommend this movie to anyone who sometimes feels utterly frustrated and betrayed by the modern world. Bill acts out the fantasies that some of us may have, but will probably never act on.
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- Genre: Action & Adventure
- Released: 1993
- © 1992 Regency, Canal and Warner Bros. All Rights Reserved.