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Death Wish (1974) Poster

(1974)

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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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Sam Kreutzer: [Sam complains about the crime situation in the city] You know, decent people are going to have to work here and live somewhere else.

Paul Kersey: By "decent people," you mean people who can afford to live somewhere else.

Sam Kreutzer: Oh Christ, you are such a bleeding-heart liberal, Paul.

Paul Kersey: My heart bleeds a little for the underprivileged, yes.

Sam Kreutzer: The underprivileged are beating our goddamned brains out. You know what I say? Stick them in concentration camps, that's what I say.

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Ames Jainchill: You're probably one of them knee-jerk liberals that thinks us gun boys would shoot our guns because it's an extension of our penises.

Paul Kersey: Never thought about it that way. It could be true.

Ames Jainchill: Well, maybe it is. But this is gun country.

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Desk sergeant: Turn that thing off.

[points at the guys radio]

guy with radio: [without pausing] I'm listening to the weather report - why haven't you found my dog - he's vital to my income - he paints such marvelous pictures with his paws!

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Paul Kersey: [Kersey confronts the mugger who has wounded him in the leg] Hey!

[the mugger faces Kersey and knows Kersey has the drop on him]

Paul Kersey: Fill your hand.

Mugger: [Puzzled, evidently not familiar with the old-West metaphor] Huh?

Paul Kersey: Draw.

[Kersey passes out and the mugger flees]

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Freak #1: We want money, mother, now get it!

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Freak #1: Cunts! I KILL RICH CUNTS!

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Freak #1: Goddamn rich cunt!

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Jack Toby: We gotta let the cops handle this, Dad!

Paul Kersey: Yeah?

[squint]

Paul Kersey: Well, what if the cops can't handle this, Jack?

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Paul Kersey: You've got a prime figure. You really have, you know.

Joanna Kersey: That's a euphemism for fat.

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Paul Kersey: Any chance of catching these men?

Lt. Briggs: There's a chance, sure.

Paul Kersey: Just a chance?

Lt. Briggs: I'd be less than honest if I gave you more hope, Mr. Kersey. In the city, that's the way it is.

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Frank Ochoa: We want you to get out of New York... Permanently.

Paul Kersey: [pause] Inspector... By sundown?

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Sam Kreutzer: [Paul and Sam listen to a police statement on the news] I'll bet muggings are down, and they're afraid to tell us.

Paul Kersey: There's only one way to find out. Take a walk on Columbus Avenue tonight.

Sam Kreutzer: Thanks a lot, Paul. I think I'll wait for the official report.

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