Death Wish II (1982) Poster



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In an interview, Silvana Gallardo (who played the housekeeper) said the rape scene was "grueling" and took about six days to film. To prepare for the role, she talked to an actual rape victim. She also said the actors who played the criminals raping her would immediately cover her up with a robe or blanket when the director yelled "CUT!"
Director Michael Winner once said of this movie: "From caveman days to today, there have always been violent times. You cannot say the Middle Ages weren't violent, before television or films. So where do you put the blame then - oil paintings and books?"
Charles Bronson was about sixty-one years of age when he appeared in this movie.
Producers Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus wanted Shaft (1971) music composer Isaac Hayes to compose the music. Director Michael Winner refused and brought in Led Zepplin guitarist Jimmy Page, who at the time was his next-door neighbor.
This movie is set during 1981 according to information presented in the later 'Death Wish' movie Death Wish 4: The Crackdown (1987).
This picture was Charles Bronson's sixty-seventh movie.
First ever sequel for Charles Bronson.
This was the first film that both star Charles Bronson and director Michael Winner made with Cannon Films and producers Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus. The two would make a number of movies with them throughout the 1980s, including one more together, Death Wish 3 (1985).
Body Count: 16
This sequel was made and released about eight years after the original Death Wish (1974) movie.
The production shoot on this movie went for forty-four days.
Charles Bronson worked with wife Jill Ireland sixteen times in filmed productions but of the five "Death Wish" movies this was the only one "Death Wish" picture that they made together.
First of three 'Death Wish' movies that were made during the 1980s. The others were Death Wish 3 (1985) and Death Wish 4: The Crackdown (1987).
This movie upon theatrical release was marketed with Roman Numerals to signify the number 2 i.e. 'Death Wish II'. In time, its modern DVD releases tend to show the number two of the title as a numerical digit instead. This is then consistent with the titles Death Wish 3 (1985) and Death Wish 4: The Crackdown (1987). According to the book 'Bronson's Loose' by Paul Talbot, the original working title of the next film 'Death Wish III' was changed to 'Death Wish 3' because the Cannon Group conducted a survey and found that nearly half of the U.S. population could not read Roman numerals. Interestingly, the fifth film, Death Wish V: The Face of Death (1994), reverted to the use of Roman Numerals to signify the film number
During the 1982 year that this movie was released, Charles Bronson's appeared in advertisements for the Motorcycle Industry Council promoting motorbike safety and responsibility.
First planned for Cannon executive Menahem Golan to direct before Michael Winner eventually returned on Bronson's insistence.
Reportedly, Cannon Films (Yoram Globus and Menahem Golan) bought the "Death Wish" franchise rights from Dino De Laurentiis for US $200, 000.
This movie was made with a director's / production strike looming in the works and shooting was completed about two weeks before it occurred.
This Charles Bronson movie was theatrically released between between his pictures Death Hunt (1981) and 10 to Midnight (1983).
This would be actress Jill Ireland's final film for about five years until she worked again with her husband Charles Bronson on Assassination (1987).
'The Los Angeles Times' reported that Charles Bronson's salary for this picture was US $1.5 million.
In West Germany, this movie set a record for the number of video-cassette units sold. There, ten thousand tape sales of the home video were sold in two months thereby producing royalties of over $ 0.5 million in its first year on video-tape.
Film soundtrack was written by Jimmy Page, the former guitarist of Led Zeppelin. Page was the neighbour of director Michael Winner, who asked him to write the soundtrack for the film and Page recorded it only in six weeks.
The main gun Kersey uses (taken from the hidden compartment in his closet) is a Browning BDA .380, a 13 + 1 automatic made for Browning by Beretta from 1977 to 1997 and very similar to a Beretta Model 84 (same frame and magazine, different slide).
A total of 5 woman are either raped or were attempted to be raped (Rosario,Carol ,the Tourist's Wife & the two girls with Nirvana against there will.)
This movie's setting was transfered from New York in the first Death Wish (1974) movie to Los Angeles, California.
This movie was Charles Bronson's second consecutive picture to feature the word 'Death' in the title. Bronson's previous movie was Death Hunt (1981). Bronson made seven movies with this word in the title, five of them being in the 'Death Wish' franchise. Messenger of Death (1988) was another example. The final time would be in Death Wish V: The Face of Death (1994), where the word appeared twice.


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The only 'Death Wish' film in which the central love interest doesn't die.

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