Falling Down

Synopsis: On the day of his daughter's (Joey Hope Singer) birthday, William "D-Fens" Foster (Michael Douglas) is trying to get to his estranged ex-wife's (Barbara Hershey) house to see his daughter. He has a breakdown and leaves his car in a traffic jam in Los Angeles and decides to walk. Along the way he stops at a convenience store and tries to get some change for a phone call but the owner, Mister Lee (Michael Paul Chan), does not give him change. This destabilizes William who then breaks apart the shop with a baseball bat and goes to an isolated place to drink a coke. Two gangsters (Agustin Rodriguez & Eddie Frias) threaten him and he reacts by hitting them with the bat. D-FENS continues walking and stops at a phone booth. The gangsters hunt him down with their gang and shoot at him but crash their car. William goes nuts and takes their gym bag with weapons proceeding in his journey of rage against injustice. Meanwhile Sergeant Martin Prendergast (Robert Duvall), who is working on his last d
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Joel Schumacher
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
  1 win & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
113 min




MAN 1:

Just tell him, damn it!

MAN 2:
Tell him to give him coffee.

MAN 1:
You tell him!

MAN 2:

Give me that!

MAN 2:
Look, get him some coffee

or cookies.



I know that!


MAN 3:


Where do you think you're going?


Going home.


MAN 3:


The guy walked into the bushes,

maybe to pee, but he never came back.

Do you need help?

Do you own this car?

That's not him.

The guy walked into the bushes.

He said he was going home.

Going home?

Gentlemen, return to your cars.

What about the car?

I'll radio for a tow truck.

Let's shove it out of

the way. We'll get this lane moving!

It's dangerous.

We got a lot of glass and steel

rushing by us at high speeds.


Wait a minute.

Prendergast. Downtown Robbery.

Let's go.

I'm in linoleum tile, myself.

All right.

You, back in your vehicle.

You push. I'll steer.

MAN 3:
We do ceramics too.

Speciai discount for law officers.

I love Cops, the TV show.

Don't you watch it? I never miss it.

You're lucky you caught me.

I am?

Today's my last day as a cop.

Lucky me.

Don't touch it!

Don't touch it!

Just get this lane moving.

Okay. Sorry.





Oh, my God! The phone!

Come on, baby.

Watch your fingers.

Take Tucker, okay?






Mom, can you help me open this?



Can I get some change

for the phone, please?

No change. Have to buy something.

-Eighty-fie sen.


Eighty-fie sen.

-I don't understand.

-Eighty-fie sen!

Eighty-five cents?

It doesn't give me enough money

for the phone call.

I'll give you 50 cents.

You give me 50 cents change.

-No way.

-Yes, way.

Drink, eighty-fie sen.

You pay or go!

I don't understand "fie."

There's a "V" in the word "five."

No "V's" in China?

-Not Chinese. I'm Korean.


You come to my country, take my money

and don't even learn my language?

You're Korean?

Do you have any idea how much money

my country has given your country?

How much?

I don't know. It's a lot.

You can bet on that.

You go now! No trouble!

I stay.

What do you think of that?

Jesus Christ!

What is this?

The last stand on Fiji?

-Take the money! Take the money!


Take the money.

Take your hands away from your--

I can't under-- Stop it!

All right.

Speak slowly and distinctly.

Take the money.

You think I'm a thief?

You see, I'm not the thief.

I'm not the one charging 85 cents

for a stinking soda!

You're the thief!

I'm just standing up

for my rights as a consumer.

I'm rolling back prices to 1965.

What do you think of that?

Doughnuts. Package of six.

How much?


Too much.

Aspirin. Price?


Oh, please!

AA batteries. Package of four.


Nice try.

This whole shelf looks suspect.

One soda...

...12 ounces.

Fifty sen!


It's been a pleasure

frequenting your establishment.

Very funny.

Very, very funny.

Genuine Arizona sand,

Prendergast. Get used to it.


I bet.

Genuine Santa Monica sand's

more like it.

It's from my cat's litterbox,

but he said you could keep the lumps.

You took my stuff out first?

Heck, no. How fun would that be?

How do I get a pen out?

-Don't need no pen. Use the cat turd.

It's your last day. Be careful.

Remember Forsythe?

-Forsythe got 5 minutes to retirement.


Two minutes, nothing! The guy was

on the way to his f***ing car.

Mowed down by a runaway impound.


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Ebbe Roe Smith

Ebbe Roe Smith is an American actor and screenwriter perhaps best known as the writer of the film Falling Down.As an actor Smith is known for such films and television series as Outrageous Fortune, The Big Easy, Fatal Beauty and Murphy Brown. more…

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