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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Release Date:

1 November 1985 (USA)  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)

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Alex Winter did not like working with Michael Winner. See more »


Towards the end of the film a gang is pursuing Paul rivals down a street lined with Stanton Staveley concrete lamp posts. These are common in the UK, which gives away the location as South London. These types of posts are not found in NYC and are extremely rare in the USA. See more »


Bennett: [to Kersey] Did he say anything?
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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 »


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Music by Paul Fishman and Philip Saatchi
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The Greatest Film Ever Made
12 July 2000 | by (Memphis) – See all my reviews

Wow! What a movie! I can't get over how much I enjoy it! I watch this movie time and time again and enjoy it more and more. This is by far and way the best of the Death Wish series.

The directing is superb, (particularly the scene with Charles and Ed Lauter patrolling the streets shooting punks to a funky 70's soundtrack.)Winner builds up just the right amount of tension, action, humour and emotion at exactly the right moments. There is a high standard of acting on display here. Apart from Charles's flawless performance, there is a career best from Ed Lauter here as the vigilante cop. The plot is superbly written, the only drawback is, it was too short! (I hope they bring out a DVD version with extra scenes soon) Best Bit:- Hard to choose, there are so many classic scenes. Lookin for trouble ma'an? (You'll know what I mean when you see the film) Best Line:- Tell you what I'm gonna do. I'll kill a little old lady, just for you. Catch it on the 6 o'clock news!

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