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Death Wish II (1982)

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Architect Paul Kersey once again becomes a vigilante when he tries to find the five street punks who murdered his daughter and housekeeper, this time on the dark streets of Los Angeles.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Michael Prince ...
Deputy Comm. Hawkins
Paul Lambert ...
New York Police Comm.
Nirvana (as Thomas Duffy)
Stuart K. Robinson ...


Paul Kersey, the vigilante, now lives in LA with his daughter, who is still recovering from her attack. He also has a new woman in his life. One day while with them, Kersey is mugged by some punks, Kersey fights back, but they get away. The leader, wanting to get back at Kersey, goes to his house, but Kersey and his daughter Carol are not there. The muggers rape his housekeeper, and when Kersey and his daughter arrive, they knock him out and kidnap her. After they assault her, she leaps out of a window to her death. Kersey then grabs his gun and goes after them. When the LA authorities, deduce they have a vigilante, they decide to consult with New York, who had their vigilante problem. Now the New York officials, knowing that Kersey lives in LA, fears that he's back to his old habit. Fearing that Kersey, when caught will reveal that they let him go instead of prosecuting him send Inspector Ochoa to make sure that doesn't happen. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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Release Date:

19 February 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Death Sentence  »

Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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The production shoot on this movie went for forty-four days. See more »


When Paul Kersey is at KABC radio, he is "informed" about the murder of the N.Y.C. cop in the shoot-out at Point Fermin. He was informed that five people were murdered, when in actuality, six people were murdered in the shoot-out. Those six people were the aforementioned Detective Ochoa, the blonde-haired lookout that Ochoa shoots out of a tree, the firearms dealer (old guy with suspenders and a pink shirt), the dealer's friend (wears a white cap, green shirt, and white under-shirt), Cutter, and Punkcut. See more »


Paul Kersey: [Noticing the cross on Nirvana's neck] You believe in Jesus.
Nirvana: [Nervously because Paul Kersey has a gun pointed at him] Yes, I do.
Paul Kersey: Well, you're going to meet him.
[then he shoots Nirvana]
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Pure Revenge
26 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Charles Bronson picks up where he left off in the famous "Death Wish" movie of 1976, going after punks and eliminating them. The only differences: he's moved from New York to Los Angeles and the violence is more graphic.

Despite the B-movie feel to this (produced by the kings of the cheapo movies of that era (70s and early 80s) : Golan/Globus, it still is very enjoyable and satisfying - if revenge is your thing. Here, Bronson revenges the death of his daughter. At least her death is quick and bloodless, unlike the unpleasant rape-and-murder scene in the first film.

Also, unlike the first film there is no need for a long setup. Bronson gets back in his vigilante mode in a hurry here and never lets up. If you want a short dose (an hour and a half) of action, this is your movie. One of the gang members in here, by the way, is a young Laurence Fishburne.

The negatives are (1) sub-par acting performances by Bronson and his real-life wife, Jill Ireland; (2) some blatant credibility problems with the story ( such as how Bronson could get across town all bloody but never be noticed;) and (3) not exactly the most intelligent dialog!

Yet, this is still an appealing movie to our conditioned satisfaction for instant revenge. So, if you've had a bad day and need a release of your hostilities, this is a good remedy!

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