Death Wish 3 (1985)

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Architect/vigilante Paul Kersey arrives back in New York City and is forcibly recruited by a crooked police detective to fight street crime caused by a large gang terrorizing the neighborhoods.



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Paul Kersey, New York City architect and part-time vigilante, returns from L.A. to visit an old friend. Instead, he must avenge his death by fighting youth gangs. Written by Dragan Antulov <>

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If He Can't Find Justice ... He'll Make His Own! See more »


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Release Date:

1 November 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Death Wish III  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)

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1.33 : 1
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Oddly enough, two ideas from the original novel Death Wish actually made it into this sequel; the vigilante rents a car to use as bait for street thugs, and a giggling Puerto Rican male appears. According to the book 'Bronson's Loose' by Paul Talbot, a movie novelization of Death Wish 3 (1985) was announced, but was never published when it was pointed out that 'Brian Garfield' retains the literary rights to the series, and he refused to allow a movie novelization. See more »


A LAWS rocket is an antitank rocket housed in a disposable launch tube. It is not reloadable as shown. Nor does it have a pistol grip. The launcher has a simple visual sight and a button on the top of the tube to fire the weapon. See more »


Paul Kersey: I'm going out for some ice cream... this is America, isn't it?
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Crazy Credits

A shot during the end credits shows police cars and an ambulance and fire truck screaming down a street towards the epicenter of the riots. See more »


Referenced in Natural Born Killers (1994) See more »


Music by Roy Budd
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Soul Grinding Fun!!!

Oh my word!! I have never seen a film so lacking in any kind of moral judgement or consideration for anything other than the death of the scum! Michael Winner here makes a valid observation of human desires in displaying a gung-ho troth world of deep and damaged execution. Not only does he spoon feed us with utter hell on earth seen through the face of the moustached Bronson, but he also shows us the spoon he's feeding us with and says "look at what your watching now look at your self and ask the question: Are you enjoying this?" And even though you'll tell yourself NO IT CAN'T BE!!!! You'll know that deep down inside you'll's a masterpiece

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