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Falling Down is a movie filled with scrumptious rage. Directed by Joel Schumacher, and written by Ebbe Roe Smith, the main character, played by Michael Douglas, snaps. The loss of his job, the monotony of adulthood, and the Los Angeles traffic are the major catalyst to his high-jinks. Anybody who's been to LA can tell you the horrors of its demonic travel congestion alone are enough to go berserk.

There are many glorious nut ball moments I could have picked from the main character credited as D-Fens. For instance, he holds up a fast food joint because they won't serve him breakfast, he stands his ground against ruthless gang members over a rock he wants to sit on, and he shoots a bazooka into a construction site over a vague and frustrating conversation. He certainty displays his crazy, but nothing quite as perfect as the Golf Course Scene.

The dialogue is the main reason why the scene works so well. It truly demonstrates why this man snapped. He couldn't handle people anymore, especially men with perceived authority over him. If you watch the scene, it automatically seems Douglas's character has abandoned all societal rules. The old golf course "gentleman" is not to pleased about Douglas walking all over the course, since it's "{His} course. {He} paid his dues," and Douglas doesn't care he's just passing through.

Well, the pink golfer boils over at the intrusion, yells at his friend who gives the hilarious retort of "Why are you yelling at me? I'm just the guy playing with ya'!" and fires a golf ball at D-Fens. In return, he storms up the hill, and blasts the golf cart, which makes it slowly wheel down into a water-trap. The angry golfer starts having a heart attack from the commotion and after a strange exchange of calmed words Douglas says "Now you're gonna die in that stupid hat."

It was clear that both men had severe anger issues. One took it to another level, and while the end result may be morbid, it's quite comedic. The tone of the golfers bickering about Douglas being in the way, the one friend chasing after the cart since it has medicine in it for the crippled golfer, and Douglas' final words to him as a cherry on top.

The whole interaction is very raw and real. It just feels like natural dialogue, even if Douglas has gone mad. The editing of shots and shot selection is excellent too. Seeing the whole course as Douglas climbs on the hill, and quickly switching to the golfers embodies the tense mood. The scene is a reflection on how Douglas has felt stepped on by the rules of society and unfortunately another angry man steps in his way.


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