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Death Wish V: The Face of Death (1994)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  14 January 1994 (USA)
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Paul Kersey is back at working vigilante justice when when his fiancée, Olivia, has her business threatened by mobsters.

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Hector Vasquez
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Chelsea Regent (as Erica Lancaster)
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Sharolyn Sparrow ...
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Storyline

New York's garment district has turns into Dodge City when mobster Tommy O'Shea muscles in on the fashion trade of his ex-wife Olivia Regent. Olivia is engaged to Paul Kersey, who provides a sense of security for herself and her daughter Chelsea. Olivia isn't impressed when Tommy tortures her manager, Big Al, so Tommy hires an enforcer named Freddie Flakes, who is a master of disguise. Freddie dons women's clothing to follow Olivia into a ladies' room, where he smashes her face into a mirror, causing permanent disfigurement. In the offices of D.A. Tony Hoyle and his associate Hector Vasquez, Paul and Olivia vow to see to it that Tommy is prosecuted. Later, Freddie and two of his men disguise themselves as cops, infiltrate Olivia's apartment, and shoot Olivia dead. Now Kersey is ready to take things into his own hands. Kersey follows Tommy's thug Chickie Paconi to the Paconi family bistro, where Kersey kills Chickie by lacing his cannelloni with cyanide. Next, Paul tricks Freddie out ... Written by Todd Baldridge

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Rated R for strong violence, and for nudity and language | See all certifications »

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$1,702,394 (USA)
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Trivia

Charles Bronson was about seventy-two years of age when he appeared in this movie. See more »

Goofs

A few seconds later, after the crate with the body is opened, Sal Paconi picks his pills out of his pocket, takes one and the pillbox's lid accidentally slips and falls on the ground (one can clearly hear the sound). Then he puts the pillbox back in his pocket as nothing had happened. See more »

Quotes

Big Al: Mr. O'Shea... Mr. O'Shea...
Tommy O'Shea: [Pulling Al by his necktie] That's my name.
Big Al: Mr. O'Shea is this...
Tommy O'Shea: You're repeating yourself.
Big Al: Is this necessary?
Tommy O'Shea: You're boring the shit out of me. You know what your problem is? *You know what your problem is?*
Big Al: [choking] What?
Tommy O'Shea: You and your boss think you don't have to service your partners anymore. Let me tell you something, I'm partnered up with over 35 companies, all of them are very responsive and very helpful. With the exception of this company, because this company...
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Follows Death Wish 4: The Crackdown (1987) See more »

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"I don't need anything, but YOU need a bath"
4 April 2005 | by (Hellfudge, Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

The beginning of this final installment of the long-running "Death Wish" series is shaky with inappropriate humor (even the title comes off as a tasteless pun, as a central character is disfigured by having her face bashed into a mirror) and a lot of mobster-movie clichés (the henchmen to Michael Parks' villain are howling stereotypes), writer-director Allan Goldstein transforms "Death Wish 5" into a surprisingly entertaining little crime thriller. Though frequently riddled with inept moments (the mobsters unload round after round into walls after their target has jumped out of sight) and plot holes (how is Kersey tracking the bad guys, and since when did he become an explosives expert?), the film is the most well-developed of the series in terms of character, plot, and pacing. I've never seen Charles Bronson more convincingly expressive than he is here, and Michael Parks ("Kill Bill, Volume 2") is utterly reptilian in his loathsomeness. While the plot is essentially a repeat of the previous films, it contains a confident gloss that lifts it out of exploitation and closer to a mainstream film--it isn't entirely successful, but rooting for Bronson never gets old.


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