Michael Douglas is my hero in this film about a divorced, laid-off defense contractor that snaps and winds up standing up for "everything that used to be" in what had been 1950's/60's America.
Robert DuVall plays the cop that's retiring to appease a wife-turned-co-dependant-psychotic, but who figures out Douglas' plan before he even does. He arrives just in time to save Douglas' ex-wife and child from a family-murder / suicide.
The ending is rather mournful, but the fun is in the heart of the movie, where "Bill" fights back for everything that annoys us:
traffic jams - he abandons his car right in the middle of gridlock
over-inflated prices in stores owned by immigrants who don't speak decent English - that's annoying but it doesn't really give Bill the right to vandalize his store to "roll back prices." Inflation is a conspiracy anyway though.
gangland territory things and graffiti - he gives these would-be mugger-thugs who want to collect "a toll" a good whopping. Can't say I don't enjoy that.
drive-by survival - the same gang members try and shoot him, but miss and hit everyone else of course. Bill takes their gym bag full of guns and says "take some shooting lessons, @$$#0!" Classic.
fast food chains stopping breakfast service at 11:30 (it's actually 10:30 at the chains I'm familiar with) but pulling out an Uzi at Whammy-Burger to demand breakfast at 11:35 is something I always wanted to do!
Then there was the rude guy at the payphone. Some automatic weapons fire took care of that.
How about the Neo-Nazi jerk in the army surplus store? You can't tell me that you were sorry to see that guy go down! But then again, that guy, collecting all that stuff, sort of reminds us all of, well - US. Hehe.
There were the angry, old self-centered egocentric men on the golf course. "Your heart medication was in the golf cart? Well the cart is in the lake and you're going to die now wearing that stupid little hat! How does that feel?"
All in all this was a great flick and Bill "D-Fens" was my hero (until the part at the end).
Have you guys seen this one? (1992)