Death Wish V: The Face of Death (1994)

R  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sal Paconi
Kevin Lund ...
Chuck Paconi
Brian Hoyle
Hector Vasquez
Janice Omori
Erica Fairfield ...
Chelsea Regent (as Erica Lancaster)
Jefferson Mappin ...
Big Al
Michael Dunston ...
Sharolyn Sparrow ...


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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The vigilante is back... See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

14 January 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Death Wish: The Face of Death  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)


$1,702,394 (USA)

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Did You Know?


Gail Morgan Hickman and J. Lee Thompson wrote the first screenplay to "Death Wish V" in the late 1980s. Menahem Golan decided it would be too expensive. See more »


An obvious dummy used for the scene where Paul blows up Freddie with the rigged soccer ball. See more »


Paul Kersey: [Over walkie talkie] I'm coming for you, O'Shea.
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Follows Death Wish (1974) See more »


Performed by Rebekah Del Rio
Lyrics and Music by Christopher Neilsen
Produced by Randy Mitchell
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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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