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On the day of his daughter's birthday, William "D-Fens" Foster is trying to get to the home of his estranged ex-wife to see his daughter. His car breaks down, so he leaves his car in a traffic jam in Los Angeles and decides to walk. He goes to a convenience store and tries to get some change for a phone call, but the Korean owner does not oblige, tipping Foster over the edge. The unstable Foster, so frustrated with the various flaws he sees in society, begins to psychotically and violently lash out against them.


 Release Date
February 26, 1993

1 hours and 53 minutes (113 minutes)

Michael Douglas
  William 'D-Fens' Foster
Robert Duvall
  Detective Prendergast
Barbara Hershey
  Elizabeth 'Beth' Travino
Rachel Ticotin
Frederic Forrest
  Nick, the Nazi Surplus Store Owner
Tuesday Weld
  Amanda Prendergast
Raymond J. Barry
  Captain Yardley
John Diehl
  Dad at Back Yard
D.W. Moffett
  Detective Lydecker
Richard Montoya
  Detective Sanchez
Steve Park
  Detective Brian
Kimberly Scott
  Detective Jones
Lois Smith
  Mrs. Foster / William's Mother
Joey Hope Singer
  Adele Foster-Travino
Ebbe Roe Smith
  Guy on Freeway
Michael Paul Chan
  Mr. Lee
Karina Arroyave
Dedee Pfeiffer
  Sheila at Whammyburger
Vondie Curtis-Hall
  Not Economically Viable Man

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By Jack Anderson on August 24, 2019

I never liked Joel Schumacher cinema and this movie did nothing to change my mind. Wanting to watch a film I had never seen with Michael Douglas, I ended up playing this film and I hated from the very first minute. While I can somehow understand the concept, I can easily say it does not work one bit. First, we would expect the main protagonist to be a victim of the story. But somehow, he ends up assaulting store owners and shooting at people.
The concept is that the character would freak out because of the little annoyances of the daily life. The problem is that it simply does not work.

I give it 2 out of 10. Very bad. The movie itself is an annoyance.


Having just watched this movie I can say that I enjoyed it, not overly so. Its not really a tale of urban reality more that the everyday annoyances that we do nothing about and this guy turns them into a personal insult. Its starts normally enough, stuck in traffic, beep noises and drilling on a hot day, his AC is broken, the window is broken. Instead of just shrugging it off with that Monday feeling he just abandons his car and goes for a walk, to start with its a shop owner with overpriced drinks that gets his shop smashed up a bit, later only when threatened with violence himself does he defend himself against 2 gang members. This is where things start to suddenly go weird, the gang members drive round and stumble across him somehow, (I'm British but I think LA is a little too big for that) then spray bullets in a drive by 20ft away and miss him completely but hit everyone around him and then they promptly crash. He walks over to the car, collects a bag of guns from it then goes and shoots up a burger bar because they are not serving breakfast, which he then changes his mind to lunch anyway and it continues from there. I don't know if this was meant to show some sort of mental brakedown due to his previous life choices but his empathy just disappears. At the start you could relate to the character but the more you watch the more you begin to distance yourself from that notion until you realise you just watched a movie where a guy went round killing people for no reason other than anger at himself for destroying his family life. It leaves me wondering if that was the directors intention or a happy coincidence to push that prospective on the viewer.


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