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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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Al Arroyo
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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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The vigilante is back - with a vengeance See more »


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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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This movie represents the seventh of nine teamings of director J. Lee Thompson with star actor Charles Bronson. The two first collaborated on St. Ives (1976), The White Buffalo (1977), Cabo Blanco (1980), 10 to Midnight (1983), The Evil That Men Do (1984) and Murphy's Law (1986). After this movie, they made Messenger of Death (1988) and Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects (1989). See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Rapist: Who the fuck are you?
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Trading Rape for Action in #4
27 November 2004 | by (Bothell, Washington, Land of Rain) – See all my reviews

"Death Wish 4" is easily my favorite of the DW series, even though I really like most of the first entry. But you see, I find graphic, luridly depicted rape in films distasteful. I could take it in the first film, because there was at least some thematic and emotional need for it (though I still think it was overboard and gratuitous). Parts 2 and 3 escalated the rape and humiliation sequences and writer/director Michael Winner actually seemed to be trying to get us to enjoy the sight of tortured, crying, beaten, naked woman as much as he obviously did; combine this with zero plot, zero character development, and inept action, and you had some really, really bad flicks. Number four was directed by J. Lee Thompson, a frequent collaborator with Bronson since 1976's "St. Ives." Thompson took the usual DW revenge formula, eliminated the obligatory rape sequence, and ratcheted up the action. So what we have is a Death Wish picture more similar to "Murphy's Law" than any of the other films in the series. Of course Bronson's 80s films are often the butt of jokes (to those who remember them at all, that is) but I happen to enjoy them immensely--there's just something I dig about this charismatic, elderly guy running around shooting bad guys; I can't even explain it. If you dig the salt and pepper Bronson as well, then give DW4 a try.


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