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Death Wish (1974)

 -  Crime | Drama | Thriller  -  24 July 1974 (USA)
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A New York City architect becomes a one-man vigilante squad after his wife is murdered by street punks in which he randomly goes out and kills would-be muggers on the mean streets after dark.

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Storyline

Open-minded architect Paul Kersey returns to New York City from vacationing with his wife, feeling on top of the world. At the office, his cynical coworker gives him the welcome-back with a warning on the rising crime rate. But Paul, a bleeding-heart liberal, thinks of crime as being caused by poverty. However his coworker's ranting proves to be more than true when Paul's wife is killed and his daughter is raped in his own apartment. The police have no reliable leads and his overly sensitive son-in-law only exacerbates Paul's feeling of hopelessness. He is now facing the reality that the police can't be everywhere at once. Out of sympathy his boss gives him an assignment in sunny Arizona where Paul gets a taste of the Old West ideals. He returns to New York with a compromised view on muggers... Written by Don Hoffman

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AN EXPLOSIVE STORY OF URBAN VIOLENCE AND REVENGE See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Release Date:

24 July 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Sidewalk Vigilante  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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First ever filmed adaptation of a novel written by Brian Garfield. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Ames Jainchill (Stuart Margolin) and Paul Kersey (Charles Bronson) are at the gun club, Ames hands Paul a blackpowder pistol stating it is an '1842'. Ames is totally incorrect. Paul takes it and lifts the gun to shoot it down range, it is clearly a Remington model 1858 blackpowder pistol based on the Fordyce Beals patent of September 14, 1858 (Patent 21,748), produced by Remington Arms from 1862-1875. See more »

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Freak #1: We want money, mother, now get it!
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Actresses Olympia Dukakis ('Cop at the Precinct') and Marcia Jean Kurtz as Marcia Jean-Kurtz ('Woman at Airport') get credited in opening credits only. There's no mention of them in the closing credits. See more »

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Solid Fare
26 May 2006 | by (Manitoba, Canada) – See all my reviews

Here is a film whose quality and appeal, much like Sylvester Stallone's Rocky, may be overshadowed by a seemingly endless line of inferior sequels. But Death Wish is a real crowd-pleaser filled with emotion, drama, action and suspense. It's the story of Paul Kersey, a family man (and former Conscientus Objector in Korea) whose wife and daughter fall victim to a brutal attack at the hands of unknown thugs. Yet Kersey doesn't get mad, he gets even as a one-man judge, jury and executioner against those who prey on the innocent. Bronson delivers an underrated performance in a movie that constantly asks the viewer, "What would you do?"


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