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Death Wish 4: The Crackdown (1987)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  6 November 1987 (USA)
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Architect/vigilante Paul Kersey takes on the members of a vicious Los Angeles drug cartel to stop the flow of drugs after his girlfriend's daughter dies from an overdose.

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Ed Zacharias
George Dickerson ...
Detective Reiner
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Det. Phil Nozaki (as Soon-Teck Oh)
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Erica Sheldon
Jesse Dabson ...
Randy Viscovich
Peter Sherayko ...
Nick Franco
James Purcell ...
Vince Montono
Michael Russo ...
Danny Moreno
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Art Sanella
Daniel Sabia ...
Al Arroyo
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Jack Romero
Dan Ferro ...
Tony Romero
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Paul Kersey, LA architect and part-time vigilante, is fed up with violence and wants a quiet life. However, when friend's daughter dies of overdose, he has no choice but to go to war on drug dealers. Written by Dragan Antulov <dragan.antulov@altbbs.fido.hr>

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6 November 1987 (USA)  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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$6,880,310 (USA)
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The only 'Death Wish' film in which no bare breasts appear on screen. See more »

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Ramp visible behind parked car when police car flips. See more »

Quotes

Ed Zacharias: [as Kersey walks to him] Who are you?
Paul Kersey: I'm the guy that set you up.
Ed Zacharias: Why?
Ed Zacharias: [Then Paul opens up his coat pocket and shows the picture of his girlfirend's daughter to Ed] I don't know the girl
Paul Kersey: I DO!
[Then Kersey shoots Ed dead]
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8 January 2004 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

By this time, Cannon Films' overspending and multiple box office flops were rapidly catching up with them, which promptly resulted in the slashing of their film budgets - most famously with SUPERMAN 4, but also with this one. It's extremely cheap-looking; apparently not that much more was spent than B movie companies still in the theatrical business were spending around this time. It leads to a lot of shoddy moments, like an explosion in a restaurant that is clearly superimposed instead of actually filming an explosion taking place there.

There are other goofs, like how you can see the squib-firing cables trailing out of the pantlegs of characters who get shot. Or how a window shatters a second before someone actually runs into it. Clearly, veteran director J. Lee Thompson's heart was not into this movie, possibly because of his advanced age at this point of his career. The action scenes are pretty lifeless, not helped by them being incredibly inept in their editing (by Thompson's son) at times. It's too bad Michael Winner didn't stay with the series. Even given the sometimes questionable decisions in his career (including in this series), he almost certainly would have pumped up the energy here. The only bright spots come from a few unintentional humorous moments - "It's those damn drugs!", a bomb exploding SEVERAL times, or how Cannon relentlessly promoted itself in the video store scene.

Bronson himself doesn't seem very energetic. The screenplay really doesn't give a lot of extraordinary things for him to do or say here. Curiously, the screenplay was written by a woman, and in fact this female touch sets things up in the beginning that actually have a lot of potential. However, the screenplay abruptly changes track and ignores further exploration of these things to become a dumb shoot-up. I wonder if this was actually how it was written, or things during the production resulted in last-minute rewrites or reedits - it would certainly explain how Kay Lenz's character suddenly disappears early on, and doesn't show up again until the last few minutes!


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