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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 chief 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 <dragan.antulov@altbbs.fido.hr>

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Release Date:

1 November 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,319,116, 3 November 1985, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$16,116,878, 15 December 1985

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to Alex Winter, Michael Winner hired him because he was born in England and therefore had a British passport. They also, coincidentally, have last names (surnames) that are different by only one letter. See more »


At the beginning of the film, Kersey said that he'll give the cab driver $20 if he gets him out of the traffic jam, when the cab driver says "Thanks man", his mouth does not move at all. See more »


Bennett: [to Kersey] What are you doing?
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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 »


References Godzilla 1985 (1984) See more »


Music by Roy Budd
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Urban War Zone
3 February 2008 | by See all my reviews

The third film of the Death Wish series is probably the worst of them, but it's a guilty pleasure of mine. I do so love the violence when the East New York neighborhood awakes and throws off the rule of punks.

After roaming the streets of New York in the first film and going back to Los Angeles in the second, Charles Bronson as the legendary urban vigilante Paul Kersey returns to New York to visit an old friend who is found murdered. He's questioned, but let go, but the police captain of the beleaguered 75th precinct which in real life does include the East New York area of Brooklyn, Ed Lauter, let's him go with a promise to unofficially do his vigilante thing in that neighborhood. It's getting so that the punks are seriously challenging the citizens in population growth.

Back in the day the East New York area was this middle class neighborhood of homes and churches that so typified Brooklyn. It became a prime example of urban decay. I well recall a local Assemblyman Vito P. Battista who also ran for Mayor of New York several times, declaring that it looked like London after the Blitz. Vito wasn't far wrong. And that is the real East New York you are seeing, lots of blocks of abandoned buildings and empty lots.

As in all Death Wish 3 films Bronson gets himself a woman and it's her death that galvanizes him into action. In this case it's Deborah Raffin who the punks set up in a fiery car crash.

That last half hour of Death Wish 3 is an urban fantasy when the whole neighborhood becomes a battleground as Bronson leads an aroused populace to clean up the neighborhood. Can't describe it, you've got to see it to believe it. More urban slime gets eradicated here than in all the other Death Wish films put together.

You have to see Death Wish 3, it's trashy, it's one of the most politically incorrect films ever made and great fun.

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