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A New York City architect becomes a one-man vigilante squad after his wife is murdered by street punks in which he randomly goes out and kills would-be muggers on the mean streets after... See more »


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Paul Kersey
Joanna Kersey
Frank Ochoa
Steven Keats ...
Jack Toby
Sam Kreutzer
Aimes Jainchill
Stephen Elliott ...
Police Commissioner
Kathleen Tolan ...
Carol Toby
District Attorney (as Fred Scollay)
Joe Charles
Lt. Briggs (as Ed Grover)
Freak #1
Christopher Logan ...
Freak #2
Desk Sergeant
Alma Lee Brown
Andrew McCabe
Patrolman Reilly
Receptionist (as Marcia Jean-Kurtz)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cop at the Precinct
Ken Ackles ...
Mugger in Park #1 (uncredited)
Marshall Anker ...
Mourner at funeral (uncredited)
John G. Becher ...
Subway Station Mugger #1 (uncredited)
Woman in Chicago (uncredited)
Fred Brown (uncredited)
Bruce Brown ...
Newsman (uncredited)
Robert Dahdah ...
Man on street (uncredited)
Cop at Hospital (uncredited)
Lady at police station (uncredited)
Police at Precinct (uncredited)
Hector Freeman ...
Mugger on Street (uncredited)
Larry Gilman ...
Man in Park (uncredited)
Beverly Goodman ...
Little Bo-Peep (uncredited)
Trent Gough ...
Crime Scene Photojournalist (uncredited)
Street Gang and Police Officer (uncredited)
Train Mugger #2 (uncredited)
Mugger in Park #2 (uncredited)
Subway Station Mugger #2 (uncredited)
Alley Mugger #2 (uncredited)
Cop at the Precinct (uncredited)
Guard at Hotel Lobby (uncredited)
Grocery Clerk (uncredited)
Mugger (uncredited)
Architect in Office (uncredited)
S. Pearl Sharp ...
Reporter (uncredited)
Lee Steele ...
Office Security Guard (uncredited)
Mugger (uncredited)

Directed by

Michael Winner

Written by

Brian Garfield ... (novel)
Wendell Mayes ... (screenplay)
Gerald Wilson ... () (uncredited)
Michael Winner ... () (uncredited)

Produced by

Hal Landers ... producer
Bobby Roberts ... producer
Michael Winner ... co-producer
Dino De Laurentiis ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

Herbie Hancock

Cinematography by

Arthur J. Ornitz ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Bernard Gribble

Editorial Department

William Lustig ... apprentice editor (uncredited)
Jim Rivera ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Casting By

Cis Corman

Production Design by

Robert Gundlach

Set Decoration by

George DeTitta Sr. ... (as George DeTitta)

Costume Design by

Joseph G. Aulisi

Makeup Department

Phil Rhodes ... makeup artist (as Phillip Rhodes)
Verne Caruso ... hairdresser (uncredited)

Production Management

Stanley Neufeld ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Larry Y. Albucher ... assistant director (as Larry Albucher)
Charles Okun ... assistant director
Ralph S. Singleton ... assistant director (as Ralph Singleton)
Howard Himmelstein ... dga trainee (uncredited)

Art Department

Connie Brink ... property master (as Conrad Brink)
Sante Fiore ... scenic artist
Richard Adee ... assistant property master (uncredited)
Frank L. Brown ... set dressing lead man, tucson (uncredited)
Joe Gerson ... assistant production designer (uncredited)
Robert H. Klatt ... set dresser (uncredited)
Carlos Quiles ... carpenter (uncredited)

Sound Department

Alfred Cox ... dubbing editor
James Sabat ... sound recordist
Jim Shields ... dubbing editor (as James Shields)
Hugh Strain ... re-recordist
Arthur Bloom ... sound recordist (uncredited)
Robert Rogow ... boom operator (uncredited)


Harry Daley ... stunts (uncredited)
Alan Gibbs ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Lou Barlia ... camera operator (as Louis Barlia)
Charles Kolb ... head grip
Willie Meyerhoff ... gaffer (as Willy Meyerhoff)
Don Biller ... camera assistant (uncredited)
Louis Cappeta ... grip (uncredited)
Joseph Di Pasquale ... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Jack Gereghty ... still photographer (uncredited)
Cornelius Hannan ... electrician (uncredited)
John Khorigan ... grip (uncredited)
Owen Marsh ... camera operator (uncredited)
Sal Martorano ... best boy (uncredited)
Richard Meyerhoff ... electrician (uncredited)
Jack Stager ... still photographer (uncredited)
Ken Thompson Sr. ... grip (uncredited)

Casting Department

Frank Kennedy ... extras casting: locations (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Joseph W. Dehn ... wardrobe (as Joseph Dehn)

Location Management

Sam Goldrich ... location auditor (uncredited)

Music Department

Herbie Hancock ... music performer / orchestrator

Transportation Department

Louis Freerks ... transportation (uncredited)
James Lake ... driver (uncredited)
Harold 'Whitey' McEvoy ... transportation captain (uncredited)

Other crew

Stephen Cory ... assistant to director (as Steven Cory)
Dino De Laurentiis ... presenter
Barbara Robinson ... script supervisor
Ernest Anderson ... press agent (uncredited)
Michael Kennedy ... production assistant (uncredited)
Adeline Leonard Seakwood ... production office coordinator (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

Open-minded architect Paul Kersey returns to New York City from vacationing with his wife, feeling on top of the world. At the office, his cynical coworker gives him the welcome-back with a warning on the rising crime rate. But Paul, a bleeding-heart liberal, thinks of crime as being caused by poverty. However his coworker's ranting proves to be more than true when Paul's wife is killed and his daughter is raped in his own apartment. The police have no reliable leads and his overly sensitive son-in-law only exacerbates Paul's feeling of hopelessness. He is now facing the reality that the police can't be everywhere at once. Out of sympathy his boss gives him an assignment in sunny Arizona where Paul gets a taste of the Old West ideals. He returns to New York with a compromised view on muggers... Written by Don Hoffman

Plot Keywords
Taglines Judge. Jury. Executioner. See more »
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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • The Sidewalk Vigilante (United States)
  • Un justicier dans la ville (France)
  • Ein Mann sieht rot (Germany)
  • El justiciero de la ciudad (Spain)
  • Ein Mann sieht rot (West Germany)
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  • 93 min
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Budget $3,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia After finishing The Stone Killer (1973), Charles Bronson and Michael Winner wanted to make another film together, and were discussing further projects. "What do we do next?" asked Bronson. "The best script I've got is 'Death Wish'. It's about a man whose wife and daughter are mugged and he goes out and shoots muggers," said Winner. "I'd like to do that," Bronson said. "The film?" asked Winner. Bronson replied, "No . . . shoot muggers." See more »
Goofs Kersey's first shooting victim is hit in the abdomen, but a police investigator at the crime scene the next morning refers to a bullet hole in his chest. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Precious Images (1986). See more »
Soundtracks Death Wish (Main Title) See more »
Crazy Credits Actresses Olympia Dukakis ('Cop at the Precinct') and Marcia Jean Kurtz as Marcia Jean-Kurtz ('Woman at Airport') get credited in opening credits only. There's no mention of them in the closing credits. See more »
Quotes Paul Kersey: Nothing to do but cut and run, huh? What else? What about the old American social custom of self-defense? If the police don't defense us, maybe we ought to do it ourselves.
Jack Toby: We're not pioneers anymore, Dad.
Paul Kersey: What are we, Jack?
Jack Toby: What do you mean?
Paul Kersey: I mean, if we're not pioneers, what have we become? What do you call people who, when they're faced with a condition or fear, do nothing about it, they just run and hide?
Jack Toby: Civilized?
Paul Kersey: No.
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