Death Wish II
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A Note Regarding Spoilers

The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags have been used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.

For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Death Wish 2 can be found here.

Having moved to Los Angeles from Chicago, architect Paul Kersey (Charles Bronson) is forced back into the role of vigilante when his housekeeper Rosaria (Silvana Gallardo) is raped and murdered and his daughter Carol (Robin Sherwood) (just starting to recover from the trauma she suffered in Death Wish) is kidnapped and raped, causing her to commit suicide. Kersey goes after the five thugs and, one by one, begins killing them. When the LAPD suspects that they have a vigilante on their hands, they contact NYPD detective Frank Ochoa (Vincent Gardenia) to see how they handled their vigilante several years ago. Knowing that Kersey is now living in L.A. and fearing that, if he is caught, he will reveal to the LAPD that NY let him go instead of prosecuting him, Ochoa comes to L.A., looking to see whether Kersey is up to his old tricks.

Death Wish 2 uses the characters created by Brian Garfield in his 1972 novel Death Wish and introduced in the first movie, Death Wish (1974), but the screenplay for Death Wish 2 was written by American screenwriter David Engelbach. It was followed by Death Wish 3 (1985), Death Wish 4: The Crackdown (1987), and Death Wish V: The Face of Death (1994).

Four years, evidenced when Ochoa tells KABC news reporter Geri Nichols (Jill Ireland) that Paul killed nine people four years ago in New York. He also explains to LAPD that, after leaving NY, Paul moved to Chicago (seen at the end of Death Wish) for a couple of years before moving his business to L.A.

Carol's husband Jack Toby (Steven Keats) is not mentioned in Death Wish 2. It's almost as if he never existed. Viewers mostly conclude that Jack probably divorced Carol when it appeared she would never come out of her catatonic state.

Body count is eleven. Paul goes after the five punks -- Jiver (Stuart K. Robinson), Stomper (Kevyn Major Howard), Punkcut (E. Lamont Johnson), Cutter (Laurence Fishburne), and Charles 'Nirvana' wilson (Thomas F. Duffy) -- who killed Rosalia and raped Carol. He shoots Jiver after killing three other punks who were attacking a woman in a parking lot. He kills Stomper and an accomplice when making a drug deal at the vacant Hollywood Hotel. He kills Punkcut, Cutter, and two guys with whom they're doing a drug for guns deal, and he electrocutes Nirvana.

How does the movie end?

After stealing a lab coat and an ID from the doctor's dressing room at McLarren State Hospital, Paul returns to the hospital posing as Doctor Peter Carter, court appointed physician to Nirvana. He makes his way to Section C where Nirvana is being held for psychiatric observation. Paul tricks the guard into letting him into the locked ward and arranges to interview Nirvana in a room that was once used for shock therapy. He assures the guard that he would prefer to be alone with Nirvana and enters the meeting room. Once inside, he drops his clipboard and lunges at Nirvana. A violent fight breaks out. Nirvana stabs Paul several times with a scalpel then smashes him into the electroshock machine. When Paul ducks another punch, Nirvana's hand smashes through the machine and Paul switches on the power, shocking Nirvana to death. Paul turns to see the guard standing in the door, having witnessed the fight. Paul collapses in a chair, saying only, 'He raped and killed my daughter.' The guard, having read about it in the papers, sympathizes with Paul and gives him three minutes to escape before signaling the alarm. Meanwhile, Geri has gone to Paul's house, packed and ready to elope with him to Mexico. She finds a scanned copy of his stolen ID from McLarren and realizes that Paul has lied to her, used her to gain access to the hospital, and is really the vigilante that Ochoa claimed him to be. She takes off her engagement ring, places it on top of the scan, and leaves. Paul comes home to an empty house. In the final scene, which takes place several months later, Paul presents an architectural design to his boss and is invited to a party. When his boss asks Paul whether he's free, Paul replies, 'What else would I be doing?'

Basically there are three main versions of this movie. First of all there's the well-known R-Rated Version that was released in the States by MGM. Here several scenes had to be cut in order to obtain the Rating. This R-Rated version was later released on DVD by MGM in several countries, including the States and Germany. But there's also an Unrated Version distributed by Columbia/Sony in several other parts of the world like Australia or France, that features a much more gruesome cut of the movie, with several prolonged rape scenes. A detailed comparison between both versions with pictures can be found here. In addition there's also an Extended TV-Version. This version contains some new scenes that are not included in any other version. These scenes were added in order to have more time for commercial breaks. In contrast to that, the more violent and sexual scenes were trimmed or replaced with tamer footage. A detailed comparison with pictures can be seen here.

In Greece, a hybrid version was released on VHS that is based on the Unrated Version and features scenes of the TV Version, as well. A detailed comparison between both versions with pictures can be found here. In the UK, the second part of the Deathwish pentalogy was released in three different versions. The British Theatrical Version was based on the Unrated Version, but was cut by three minutes during the rape scene with the house keeper and Kersey's daughter. A detailed comparison between the British Theatrical Version and the Unrated Version with pictures can be found here. The MGM DVD of 2006 is based on the R-Rated Version and was additionally cut by 30 seconds. The longest available version in Britain was released by Media Sales on DVD and is an exact copy of the R-Rated.

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