Falling Down is a 1993 crime-drama film directed by Joel Schumacher. The film stars Michael Douglas in the lead role of William Foster (credited as "D-Fens"), a divorce and unemployed former defense engineer. The film centers on Foster as he goes on a violent rampage across the city of Los Angeles, trying to get to his ex-wife's house - where he is not welcome - in time for his daughter's birthday party. Along the way, a series of encounters, both trivial and provocative, cause him to react with violence and make sardonic observations on life, poverty, the economy, and commercialism. Martin Prendergast (Robert Duvall), an aging LAPD Sergeant on the day of his retirement, faces his own frustrations with socially accepted spinelessness, even as he tracks down Foster.
The title of the film, referring to Foster's mental collapse, is taken from the title of the nursery rhyme London Bridge is Falling Down, which appears several times during the film.
Coincidentally, the Los Angeles riots of 1992 broke out as the movie was being filmed.
William Foster (Michael Douglas) is recently divorced, and his ex-spouse Beth (Barbara Hershey) has a restraining order to keep William (credited here in the film as "D-Fens," the same as his license plate) away from her and their child, Adele. In addition, William was laid off a month ago by the defense agency/contractor for which he worked (although this information is not revealed to the audience until later). His frustration grows as, on an extremely hot day, he gets stuck in a traffic jam (which the audience later learns may have been deliberate), his Chevette's air conditioning fails, and a fly repeatedly buzzes around the cabin. Abandoning the vehicle amid the loud protests of a fellow commuter, William begins walking across Los Angeles toward the home of Beth and Adele to attend Adele’s birthday party.
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