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Falling Down | 1993 | R | - 1.6.8

Michael Douglas stars as a laid-off defense worker who flips his lid over everyday frustrations. He becomes an urban vigilante and goes on a rampage, while Robert Duvall is the policeman who's trying to track him down.

SEX/NUDITY 1 - A woman delivers a strip-o-gram, but she never gets a chance to strip.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - The most violent scenes revolve around a drive-by shooting: a number of pedestrians are shot (no blood is shown) and the gangsters end up crashing into another car. They are shown unconscious and bloody. Douglas shoots one of them in the leg, for good measure. Next, Douglas stabs a man in the shoulder and proceeds to shoot him 3 times. There are a couple of brief fights involving a baseball-bat and lots of property damage: Douglas demolishes a convenience store, shoots the ceiling of a fast-food restaurant, a telephone booth, and a golf cart, and blows up a construction site. A man has a heart attack and two more people are shot.


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LANGUAGE 8 - Lots and lots of F-words, scatological language and other profanities. Also, various racial slurs against women, homosexuals, Jews and African-Americans.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - There's a discussion of a child dying. Divorce, domestic violence and insanity.

MESSAGE - Modern life is frustrating and pretty much hopeless.

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We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.


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