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Director Joel Schumacher died a couple of days ago and while he’s known for many films (St.  Elmo’s Fire, The Client, A Time to Kill, Phone Booth, Batman Forever, Phone Booth) the first film of his that came to find when I heard he passed was Falling Down.

Written by Ebbe Roe Smith and starring Michael Douglas as a Los Angeles man who comes unhinged has stayed with me since I first saw it in theaters 17 years ago. Here are three scenes from that movie that are prime example of a character with ”a crisis lurking inside” and a member of the “end of the rope club.”

The release of the film was just a year after the 1992 LA Riots and I don’t recall its cynicism being embraced by critics. But in some ways the 1993 film represents—metaphorically or literally— the first six months 2020. A lot of angst in the air.

(Movies that make an impact are centered around a character during the best or worst days of their lives. These three clips could be summarized in the post CONFLICT—CONFLICT—CONFLICT.)

Scott W. Smith

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