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Death Wish -- In this explosive story of revenge and urban violence, Charles Bronson plays Paul Kersey, a bleeding-heart liberal who has a change of opinion after his wife and daughter are violently attacked by a gang of thugs in their apartment. His daughter is raped, and his wife is raped and murdered. Bronson then turns vigilante as he stalks the mean streets of New York on the prowl for muggers, hoodlums and the like. Death Wish is a violent, controversial film that is frank and original in its treatment of urban crime and the average citizen's helplessness in dealing with it. Herbie Hancock wrote the musical score. And watch for a young Jeff Goldblum in his film debut as one of the thugs.


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Brian Garfield (novel)
Wendell Mayes (screenplay)
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Release Date:
24 July 1974 (USA) See more »
Vigilante, city style -- Judge, Jury, and Executioner See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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When push comes to shove, make way for Bronson! See more (193 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Charles Bronson ... Paul Kersey

Hope Lange ... Joanna Kersey

Vincent Gardenia ... Frank Ochoa
Steven Keats ... Jack Toby
William Redfield ... Sam Kreutzer

Stuart Margolin ... Aimes Jainchill
Stephen Elliott ... Police Commissioner
Kathleen Tolan ... Carol Toby

Jack Wallace ... Hank
Fred J. Scollay ... District Attorney (as Fred Scollay)
Chris Gampel ... Ives

Robert Kya-Hill ... Joe Charles
Edward Grover ... Lt. Briggs (as Ed Grover)

Jeff Goldblum ... Freak #1
Christopher Logan ... Freak #2
Gregory Rozakis ... Spraycan
Floyd Levine ... Desk Sergeant

Helen Martin ... Alma Lee Brown
Hank Garrett ... Andrew McCabe

Christopher Guest ... Patrolman Reilly
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ken Ackles ... Mugger in Park #1 (uncredited)
Marshall Anker ... Mourner at funeral (uncredited)
John G. Becher ... Subway Station Mugger #1 (uncredited)
Robyn Blythe ... Woman in Chicago (uncredited)
William Bogert ... Fred Brown (uncredited)
Bruce Brown ... Newsman (uncredited)
Robert Dahdah ... Man on street (uncredited)

Paul Dooley ... Cop at Hospital (uncredited)

Olympia Dukakis ... Cop at the Precinct (uncredited)
Hector Freeman ... Mugger on Street (uncredited)
Larry Gilman ... Man in Park (uncredited)
Beverly Goodman ... Little Bo-Peep (uncredited)
Trent Gough ... Crime Scene Photojournalist (uncredited)

Carson Grant ... Street Gang and Police Officer (uncredited)

John Herzfeld ... Train Mugger #2 (uncredited)

Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs ... Mugger in Park #2 (uncredited)

Marcia Jean Kurtz ... Receptionist (uncredited)
Eric Laneuville ... Subway Station Mugger #2 (uncredited)

Damien Leake ... Alley Mugger #2 (uncredited)

Len Lesser ... Cop at the Precinct (uncredited)

Al Lewis ... Guard at Hotel Lobby (uncredited)

Sonia Manzano ... Grocery Clerk (uncredited)

Robert Miano ... Mugger (uncredited)

Jay Rasumny ... Architect in Office (uncredited)
S. Pearl Sharp ... Reporter (uncredited)
Lee Steele ... Office Security Guard (uncredited)

B.T. Taylor ... Mugger (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Winner 
Writing credits
Brian Garfield (novel)

Wendell Mayes (screenplay)

Produced by
Hal Landers .... producer
Bobby Roberts .... producer
Michael Winner .... co-producer
Dino De Laurentiis .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Herbie Hancock 
Cinematography by
Arthur J. Ornitz (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Bernard Gribble 
Casting by
Cis Corman 
Production Design by
Robert Gundlach 
Set Decoration by
George DeTitta Sr.  (as George DeTitta)
Costume Design by
Joseph G. Aulisi 
Makeup Department
Phil Rhodes .... makeup artist (as Phillip Rhodes)
Verne Caruso .... hairdresser (uncredited)
Production Management
Stanley Neufeld .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Larry Y. Albucher .... assistant director (as Larry Albucher)
Charles Okun .... assistant director
Ralph S. Singleton .... assistant director (as Ralph Singleton)
Howard Himmelstein .... dga trainee (uncredited)
Art Department
Connie Brink .... property master (as Conrad Brink)
Sante Fiore .... scenic artist
Richard Adee .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Joe Gerson .... assistant production designer (uncredited)
Robert H. Klatt .... set dresser (uncredited)
Carlos Quiles .... carpenter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Alfred Cox .... dubbing editor
James Sabat .... sound recordist
Jim Shields .... dubbing editor (as James Shields)
Hugh Strain .... re-recordist
Arthur Bloom .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Robert Rogow .... boom operator (uncredited)
Harry Daley .... stunts (uncredited)
Alan Gibbs .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Lou Barlia .... camera operator (as Louis Barlia)
Charles Kolb .... head grip
Willie Meyerhoff .... gaffer (as Willy Meyerhoff)
Don Biller .... camera assistant (uncredited)
Louis Cappeta .... grip (uncredited)
Joseph Di Pasquale .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Jack Gereghty .... still photographer (uncredited)
Cornelius Hannan .... electrician (uncredited)
John Khorigan .... grip (uncredited)
Owen Marsh .... camera operator (uncredited)
Sal Martorano .... best boy (uncredited)
Richard Meyerhoff .... electrician (uncredited)
Jack Stager .... still photographer (uncredited)
Ken Thompson Sr. .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Frank Kennedy .... extras casting: locations (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joseph W. Dehn .... wardrobe (as Joseph Dehn)
Editorial Department
William Lustig .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
Jim Rivera .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Herbie Hancock .... music performer
Herbie Hancock .... orchestrator
Transportation Department
James Lake .... driver (uncredited)
Harold 'Whitey' McEvoy .... transportation captain (uncredited)
Other crew
Stephen Cory .... assistant to director (as Steven Cory)
Dino De Laurentiis .... presenter
Barbara Robinson .... script supervisor
Ernest Anderson .... press agent (uncredited)
Sam Goldrich .... location auditor (uncredited)
Michael Kennedy .... production assistant (uncredited)
Adeline Leonard Seakwood .... production office coordinator (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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93 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:R | Brazil:14 | Canada:R | Canada:R (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 (uncut) (2003) | Finland:K-18 (cut) (1974) | France:-16 | Germany:18 | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | Italy:T | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:18 | Peru:14 | Singapore:M18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:18 (video rating) | UK:18 (re-rating) (2006) (uncut) | USA:R (Certificate No: 23930) | West Germany:18 (f)

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The role of Paul Kersey was originally intended for Steve McQueen, who turned it down.See more »
Continuity: When Kersey is about to be robbed in the subway wagon, you can see a big brown shopping bag. In the next scene, when he leaves the wagon it is gone. It is the same shopping bag which is later related to on the police station.See more »
Paul Kersey:Nothing to do but cut and run, huh? What else? What about the old American social custom of self-defense? If the police don't defense us, maybe we ought to do it ourselves.
Jack Toby:We're not pioneers anymore, Dad.
Paul Kersey:What are we, Jack?
Jack Toby:What do you mean?
Paul Kersey:I mean, if we're not pioneers, what have we become? What do you call people who, when they're faced with a condition or fear, do nothing about it, they just run and hide?
Jack Toby:Civilized?
Paul Kersey:No.
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25 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
When push comes to shove, make way for Bronson!, 4 November 2003

Charley Bronson portrays Paul Kersay, a mild mannered soul who's life is turned upside down when some punks ruin his happy life. After some deep soul searching, Charley comes to the conclusion that all those punks out there walking the streets need a lesson. So, after donning a beannie cap and a heavy jacket, Charley decides to give them all a taste of their own medicine. The night time is the wrong time for muggers when Charley's around. This is the first film in what would later turn out to be a franchise of action/revenge flicks and it made Charley Bronson a household name and a part of Americana.

Highly recommended.


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