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Falling Down
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In 'Falling Down', right from the beginning Michael Douglas, as William 'D-Fens' Foster, is boiling - in more ways than one, as he's stuck in a traffic jam.

Douglas puts in a fine performance as the bespectacled, square-haired, non-threatening looking, middle aged American male. But, looks can be deceptive.

When he's charged too much for a soda Foster really explodes in the store of an unfortunate Korean. Trashing the store, he says: "I'm standing up for my rights as a consumer." Then he's approached by a couple of foul mouthed youths who spy easy pickings, but the youths soon flee when they realise he's pretty lively with a baseball bat.

There is dark humour in 'Falling Down', especially when Foster goes to a burger bar, and is slightly too late for breakfast. It doesn't go down too well with Foster, so cue a little over reaction as he pulls out a gun from his bag. He is amiable though, and just criticises the food. Foster also doesn't take kindly to a Nazi (who is even nuttier than Foster) who breaks his daughter's present, and he later shoots up a golf course with bazookas! No surprises that Foster's wife has a restraining order out on him.

'Falling Down' is a good cautionary tale of a man feeling lost in modern society, and though containing too much bad language it is still a superbly crafted movie.

- Paul Rance/

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Falling Down Main Cast List
Michael Douglas as William 'D-Fens' Foster
Robert Duvall as Detective Martin Prendergast
Barbara Hershey as Elizabeth 'Beth' Travino
Tuesday Weld as Amanda Prendergast
Rachel Ticotin as Detective Sandra Torres
Frederic Forrest as Nick, The Nazi Surplus Store Owner
Lois Smith as Mrs. Foster/William's Mother
Joey Hope Singer as Adele Foster-Travino

Directed by Joel Schumacher

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