History Film / FallingDown

15th May '18 4:30:07 AM Njein
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* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Nick the Neo-Nazi doesn't get that Foster isn't a vicious racist, but just a man with a dangerous temper.

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* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Nick the The Neo-Nazi store owner [[NotSoDiffernt assumes]] that D-Fens is a PoliticallyIncorrectVillain after hearing about his antics at Whammyburger, but what he doesn't get that Foster isn't a vicious racist, but just a man with a dangerous temper.



** The neo-Nazi store owner, who erroneously thinks Foster shares his beliefs.

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** The neo-Nazi store owner, who [[EvilCannotComprehendGood erroneously thinks thinks]] Foster shares his beliefs.



* SortingAlgorithmOfWeaponEffectiveness: Played straight. Oh, so played straight, to the point that comparisons to ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' have come up. An unstable but harmless middle class white guy gets out of his car. He steals an Asian shopkeeper's baseball bat. He [[BatterUp uses the baseball bat]] to beat up a couple hoodlums, and pockets their ButterflyKnife. The gang tries to kill him in a drive-by, and he steals their duffel bag full of automatic weapons. He gets bum-rushed by a neo-nazi in an army surplus store, and takes a combat suit and a shoulder-fired rocket launcher.

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* SortingAlgorithmOfWeaponEffectiveness: Played straight. Oh, so played straight, to the point that comparisons to ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' have come up. An unstable but harmless middle class white guy gets out of his car. He steals an Asian shopkeeper's baseball bat. He [[BatterUp uses the baseball bat]] to beat up a couple hoodlums, and pockets their ButterflyKnife. The gang tries to kill him in a drive-by, and he steals their duffel bag full of automatic weapons. He gets bum-rushed by a neo-nazi neo-Nazi in an army surplus store, and takes a combat suit and a shoulder-fired rocket launcher.
14th May '18 6:31:09 PM Njein
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* WhyWeAreBummedCommunismFell: [[spoiler: Or more accurately Why We Felt Completely Emasculated When We Lost Our Job Due To The Early 90's Defense Budget Cuts]]. It's a major part of the plot and of the subtext of the film; there is no longer one BigBad who is unambiguously evil, merely a load of lesser evils in a world that some feel is beginning to spin off its axis into unknown territory.

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* WhyWeAreBummedCommunismFell: [[spoiler: Or more accurately Why We Felt Completely Emasculated When We Lost Our Job Due To The Early 90's Defense Budget Cuts]].Cuts. Or Why D-Fens Is Bummed Communism Fell]]. It's a major part of the plot and of the subtext of the film; there is no longer one BigBad who is unambiguously evil, merely a load of lesser evils in a world that some feel is beginning to spin off its axis into unknown territory.
15th Apr '18 10:40:11 PM tropeminer
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* CoolOldGuy: Prendergast.

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* CoolOldGuy: Prendergast. Of course he is played by Robert Duvall.
15th Apr '18 10:38:03 PM tropeminer
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This is a tale of [[TagLine urban reality and the adventures an ordinary man...at war...with the everyday world]].

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This is a tale of [[TagLine urban reality and the adventures of an ordinary man...at war...with the everyday world]].
15th Apr '18 10:36:39 PM tropeminer
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William Foster (Creator/MichaelDouglas) is divorced. William Foster is under court order to stay away from his family. William Foster lost his defense contractor job about a month ago (even his mother doesn't know). William Foster wants to attend his daughter's birthday party. William Foster is stuck in traffic. William Foster's [[TheAllegedCar 1979 Chevy Chevette]]'s air conditioner has just broken down, [[HeatWave on the hottest day of the year]].

William Foster is having a very bad day.

William Foster is about to snap... and he doesn't care on whom.

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William Foster (Creator/MichaelDouglas) is divorced. William Foster is under court order to stay away from his family. William Foster lost his defense contractor job about a month ago (even and his mother doesn't know).even know. William Foster wants to attend his daughter's birthday party. William Foster is stuck in traffic. William Foster's [[TheAllegedCar 1979 Chevy Chevette]]'s air conditioner has just broken down, [[HeatWave on the hottest day of the year]].

William Foster is having a very bad day.

'''very.''' '''bad.''' '''day.''' William Foster is about to snap... and he doesn't care on whom.



This is a tale of [[TagLine urban reality and the adventures an ordinary man...at war...with the everyday world]].



The film reportedly inspired the song "Man on the Edge" (1995) by Music/IronMaiden and the creation of the one-episode character Frank Grimes from ''TheSimpsons'' episode "Homer's Enemy," and received a parodic {{Homage}} in the Music/FooFighters' video for "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PkcfQtibmU Walk]]".

Notable for its not-so-coincidental backdrop of the LA riots and its themes of violent rebellion directed at the system, as well as calling to mind images of the rash of shootings in schools and other public places that were to follow, and for still being relevant (perhaps more so) in post 9-11 America. Depending on who you ask, this film is either righteous social commentary on the state of society and the collapse of the family unit and the decline of traditional, more conservative values, or an ironic parody of the Baby Boomer generation as they ascend into middle age and become curmudgeonly, empty suits. Both arguments have merit; William Foster is insane, violent and (except on the subject of his marriage) completely unrepentant, but he is something of a sympathetic villain, lashing out at a world that could fail him after years of (in his mind, anyway) faithful service to work, family and country. Either way, it's a film that inspires quite a bit of discussion and debate, and one of Michael Douglas' signature roles.

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The film reportedly inspired the 1995 Music/IronMaiden song "Man on the Edge" (1995) by Music/IronMaiden and the creation of the one-episode character Frank Grimes from ''TheSimpsons'' episode "Homer's Enemy," and received Enemy". Received a parodic {{Homage}} in the Music/FooFighters' video for "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PkcfQtibmU Walk]]".

Notable for its not-so-coincidental backdrop of the LA riots and its themes of violent rebellion directed at the system, as well as calling to mind images of the rash of shootings in schools and other public places that were to follow, and for still being relevant (perhaps more so) in post 9-11 America. Depending on who you ask, this film is either righteous social commentary on the state of society and the collapse of the family unit and the decline of traditional, more conservative values, or an ironic parody of the Baby Boomer generation as they ascend into middle age and become curmudgeonly, empty suits. Both arguments have merit; William Foster is insane, violent and (except on the subject of his marriage) completely unrepentant, but he is something of a sympathetic villain, lashing out at a world that could fail him after years of (in his mind, anyway) faithful service to work, family and country. country.

Either way, it's a film that inspires quite a bit of discussion and debate, and one of Michael Douglas' signature roles.
16th Mar '18 12:05:38 AM TheRarispy
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* PassedInTheirSleep: Prendergast's daughter died a number of years ago in her sleep. Supposedly the cause of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), even though Prendergast notes she was two years old.
15th Mar '18 11:57:40 PM TheRarispy
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* ShootHimHeHasAWallet: In Foster SuicideByCop, he pulls a watergun, [[InvokedTrope invoking]] this trope.

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* ShootHimHeHasAWallet: In Foster Foster's SuicideByCop, he pulls a watergun, [[InvokedTrope invoking]] this trope.



* ThoseWackyNazis: Nick as a private room full of Nazi memorabilia in his shop, including a 'used' can of Zyklon-B nerve gas, which he gleefully shows off to Bill.

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* ThoseWackyNazis: Nick as has a private room full of Nazi memorabilia in his shop, including a 'used' can of Zyklon-B nerve gas, which he gleefully shows off to Bill.
2nd Mar '18 2:11:42 PM Mikedem2
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-->'''Foster:''' Now you're gonna die wearing that stupid little hat!



* ThoseWackyNazis: Nick as a 'private' room full of Nazi memorabilia in his shop, including a 'used' can of Zyklon-B nerve gas, which he gleefully shows off to Bill.

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* ThoseWackyNazis: Nick as a 'private' private room full of Nazi memorabilia in his shop, including a 'used' can of Zyklon-B nerve gas, which he gleefully shows off to Bill.
2nd Mar '18 2:04:02 PM Mikedem2
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* AbhorrentAdmirer: Nick the Neo-Nazi to Bill Foster.


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** Also the Hawaiian Tropic billboard and D-FENS' abandoned car. Both of them help Prendergast identify Foster as the unnamed vigilante he's looking for.


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** Detective Prendergast just happens to be a few cars behind Foster on the freeway when he decides to abandon his car and walk home. This helps him identify Foster as a suspect later in the film.


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* ThoseWackyNazis: Nick as a 'private' room full of Nazi memorabilia in his shop, including a 'used' can of Zyklon-B nerve gas, which he gleefully shows off to Bill.
23rd Feb '18 3:44:05 AM Mullane
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* BrokenPedestal: The Neo-Nazi was highly enamoured of D-Fens when he thought his actions were a vigilante spree directed solely at homosexuals and racial minorities, to the extent that he hides him from the police and kits him out with a combat suit and a rocket launcher gratis so he can continue his rampage in the same fashion. When Foster points out that he couldn't be more wrong he turns extremely vicious.

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* BrokenPedestal: The Neo-Nazi was highly enamoured enamored of D-Fens when he thought his actions were a vigilante spree directed solely at homosexuals and racial minorities, to the extent that he hides him from the police and kits him out with a combat suit and a rocket launcher gratis so he can continue his rampage in the same fashion. When Foster points out that he couldn't be more wrong he turns extremely vicious.



* FromNobodyToNightmare: The somehwat unassuming citizen Bill Foster reaches his RageBreakingPoint and becomes feared vigilante known by the moniker "D-Fens" at the span of a day.

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* FromNobodyToNightmare: The somehwat somewhat unassuming citizen Bill Foster reaches his RageBreakingPoint and becomes feared vigilante known by the moniker "D-Fens" at the span of a day.



* GoodIsNotSoft: Prendergast is a patient soft-spoken man. To his {{Jerkass}} colleagues, this makes him a wimp and a joke. But watch as he cracks the case, treat witnesses with respect rather that frustrate them with inane questions, stands up to his frustrating wife, punches out a cop who insulted her, [[spoiler:offers mercy to Foster, and shoots him when he refuses]]. It's clear who is the strongest man at the end of the day.

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* GoodIsNotSoft: Prendergast is a patient soft-spoken man. To his {{Jerkass}} colleagues, this makes him a wimp and a joke. But watch as he cracks the case, treat witnesses with respect rather that than frustrate them with inane questions, stands up to his frustrating wife, punches out a cop who insulted her, [[spoiler:offers mercy to Foster, and shoots him when he refuses]]. It's clear who is the strongest man at the end of the day.
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