Trivia / Falling Down

  • Dawson Casting: In the movie, D-Fens is referred to as being in his late 30s, but Michael Douglas was 47 at the time the movie was shot in 1992.
  • Doing It for the Art: Michael Douglas loved the script so much that he agreed to take a much lower salary so the film could also have more money to be made.
  • Fake Nationality: Detective Brian says that he can't translate for Mr. Lee because he is Japanese and Mr. Lee is Korean. In real life, Steve Park is Korean and Michael Paul Chan is Chinese.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: Played up as a tale of modern revenge, a kind of Death Wish for the nineties. Robert Duvall's character isn't given any attention.
  • One-Hit Wonder: While he's had a long career as an actor both before and after this film, it's one of only two writing credits that Ebbe Roe Smith has, alongside the critically-mauled film adaptation of Car 54, Where Are You?.
  • Playing Against Type: Michael Douglas is no stranger to playing villains, but it's certainly a departure for him to play a villain who is antisocial, uncharismatic, unhinged, petty and really rather pathetic.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: Foster being a defense contractor who lost his job after the fall of the Soviet Union could only be a plot point in the specific time this film was made.