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Death Wish 4: The Crackdown (1987)

R  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nathan White
Ed Zacharias
George Dickerson ...
Detective Reiner
Det. Phil Nozaki (as Soon-Teck Oh)
Erica Sheldon
Jesse Dabson ...
Randy Viscovich
Nick Franco
James Purcell ...
Vince Montono
Michael Russo ...
Danny Moreno
Art Sanella
Daniel Sabia ...
Al Arroyo
Jack Romero
Dan Ferro ...
Tony Romero


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 <>

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Release Date:

6 November 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El regreso del justiciero  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)


$6,880,310 (USA)

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This movie was the second of two pictures starring Charles Bronson that were released during 1987. This film was first released in the USA in November of that year whilst Bronson's Assassination (1987) was released stateside earlier, at the beginning in January. See more »


Opening scene, the victim's car is parked when she gets in it, but when the bad guys are bashing at the car, it's now in the middle of the parking lot. It moved but she never got to start it. See more »


Rapist: Who the fuck are you?
Paul Kersey: Death!
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References Runaway Train (1985) See more »


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User Reviews

Nostalgic installment, with some essence of plot
17 January 2008 | by (Tulsa OK) – See all my reviews

With the "D W" complete body of work being shown on consecutive nights on the cable AMC Channel -- I was able to see the original and this one a couple of evenings apart, both for the first time in several years.

Again, I found myself drawn to a couple of distractions, namely, an unimportant and curious one: Why entitle II and V with Roman Numerals, and 3 and 4 with Arabic ones? Just wondered. Also, couldn't help but ponder from reading Puzo's book and seeing the movies: Who lost more close friends, family, etc., to murder, Don Corleone, or mild-mannered architect/conscientious objector, Paul Kersey?

The original gave a plausible reason for Paul's ability with guns, although he had eschewed them following his gun collector/father's death in a hunting accident.

But as these series installments proceeded, and you look at them anew now, there are other fascinations: Charlie performed these roles beginning in his 50's to a period where he had been eligibile for early social security payments for over a decade.

Further, he rotated between both coasts, having no trouble becoming ensconced comfortably every time, with successful business activity, a host of friends (many of whom met their demise), and a dual schedule which would keep either a full-time businessman or a full-time mob button man busy at his singular profession -- but Paul handled both with little detraction from either by the other.

And his affinity for hand guns (and undoubtedly rifles) as previously explained aside -- Paul also seems to have had the ability to acquire capabilities with regard a wide variety of heavy weaponry and ordnance exceeding a level reached by, say, even General Patton.

Finally, while I've always lived several hundred miles from each coast, my best friend is in L.A., and I have friends in New York City, and have spent regular extended periods in both. In these flicks, unlike any experience my friends (or I) have had, or know of anyone who has -- Paul keeps a dual schedule in both his lives whereby he seems never to be impeded by traffic jams or any big city delays - whether engaged in architectural duties, dispatching hosts of villains, and evading detection just about every time. {He also seems to have the time also (along with the cleverness of a CIA/FBI operative), to infiltrate when and where necessary to further his objectives of vengeance.}

A fascinating "body of work," even more so decades after original release. Among them, though, this one has more intricacy and some essence of plot/some twists/etc., not much evident in the others.

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