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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Alan Cooke ...
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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)  »

Also Known As:

Death Wish III  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


Charles Bronson and Ed Lauter, who appear together here, were both previously associated with the Magnificent Seven franchise. Bronson appeared in The Magnificent Seven (1960), while Lauter appeared in The Magnificent Seven Ride! (1972). However, they never appeared together in a Magnificent Seven movie. See more »


During the final battle between the gangs and Kersey, a small two-story wooden structure is seen burning out of control on one of the neighborhood streets. While firemen fight the flames, the facade collapses into the street and the whole structure is consumed in fire and smoke. In several of the following battle scenes however, the structure is seen unscathed and totally intact. See more »


Bennett: What's the car for?
Paul Kersey: Bait.
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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 »


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Top notch. A true undervalued masterpiece
19 September 2005 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

One of the most magnificent movies ever made. The acting of Charles Buchinski (later known as Bronson) is simply outstanding. This is the crown on the career of director Winner, who himself was often quoted saying this was his masterpiece. The plot has been copied many times, but it's never been topped. Wildey J. Moore, the gun manufacturer, many times claimed his brand's growth since the mid 80s can be fully credited to DW3, and rightly so. This is not just a movie, this is art that many generations will admire and appreciate. Although this movie has never been fully appreciated in the USA, it has found a huge following in Europe and Asia, where the movie is regularly shown at film schools and it is still a popular hit in student cinemas all across Europe. All in all, a true classic.

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