Michael Douglas stars as William Foster a divorcée who loses his job as a defense engineer. Foster (known in the film only from his car’s license plate which reads D-FENS) is stuck in a traffic jam and has a nervous breakdown. Foster simply leaves his car where it is and plans to walk to his ex-wife’s home to deliver a present for his estranged daughter’s birthday. What results is a crazed rampage across greater Los Angeles. Almost everyone Foster comes in contact with is either rude or overly aggressive which drives him to commit some kind of violent outburst. Meanwhile, Sgt. Pendergast (Robert Duvall) is a police officer who is on his final day of work before he retires from the force. When he hears about Foster’s attacks, tracking him down is his main goal before he leaves the job. The movie is both a cathartic action film with a vigilante style “fighting back” theme, a black comedy and it also focuses on social injustices and racism and how it affects us. Falling Down is really a solid film from Joel Schumacher. While it is widely known that his Batman sequels were, well, pretty terrible, his other films (including this one) are worth seeking out.




Editor-In-Chief of The Grindhouse Cinema Database/Furious Cinema contributor. Pete is a rabid movie geek who enjoys everything from wild n' crazy exploitation/cult flix to big budget mainstream classics. His other interests include: graphic design, cartooning and music.

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  1. December 3, 2010

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  3. May 26, 2011

    […] #2: For the sequels Batman Forever and Batman & Robin, Director Joel Schumacher (Falling Down) came onboard and took Batman back down the campy, over the top comedic route. These films have […]

  4. May 29, 2011

    […] Why you need to have it: Schumacher’s D-fens is a modern day Travis Bickle. A man who is sick and tired of it all. He smelled something was rotten and boistered by his own psychological baggage, he goes on a rampage. This vision of LA madness must be enjoyed on BluRay to fully soak it up and feel the fury. Check out a scene from the film […]

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