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Death Wish II (1982)

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Architect Paul Kersey once again becomes a vigilante when he tries to find the five street punks who murdered his daughter and housekeeper, this time on the dark streets of Los Angeles.

Director:

Michael Winner

Writers:

David Engelbach, Brian Garfield (characters)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Bronson ... Paul Kersey
Jill Ireland ... Geri Nichols
Vincent Gardenia ... Det. Frank Ochoa
J.D. Cannon ... New York D.A.
Anthony Franciosa ... Herman Baldwin
Ben Frank ... Inspector Lt. Mankiewicz
Robin Sherwood ... Carol Kersey
Silvana Gallardo Silvana Gallardo ... Rosario
Robert F. Lyons ... Fred McKenzie
Michael Prince Michael Prince ... Elliott Cass
Drew Snyder ... Deputy Comm. Hawkins
Paul Lambert ... New York Police Comm.
Thomas F. Duffy ... Nirvana (as Thomas Duffy)
Kevyn Major Howard ... Stomper
Stuart K. Robinson Stuart K. Robinson ... Jiver
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Storyline

Paul Kersey, the vigilante, now lives in LA with his daughter, who is still recovering from her attack. He also has a new woman in his life. One day while with them, Kersey is mugged by some punks, Kersey fights back, but they get away. The leader, wanting to get back at Kersey, goes to his house, but Kersey and his daughter Carol are not there. The muggers rape his housekeeper, and when Kersey and his daughter arrive, they knock him out and kidnap her. After they assault her, she leaps out of a window to her death. Kersey then grabs his gun and goes after them. When the LA authorities, deduce they have a vigilante, they decide to consult with New York, who had their vigilante problem. Now the New York officials, knowing that Kersey lives in LA, fears that he's back to his old habit. Fearing that Kersey, when caught will reveal that they let him go instead of prosecuting him send Inspector Ochoa to make sure that doesn't happen. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

He's planning to clean up the city. His way! See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 February 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Death Wish 2 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,871,487, 7 March 1982

Gross USA:

$16,100,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$45,000,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

David Engelbach admitted that he was "somewhat appalled" by the final film and how it differed from his original script. He felt that the rape scenes were added so that Michael Winner could "get his rocks off". See more »

Goofs

At the final fight in the hospital with the villain, at one point you can clearly recognize Bronson's stunt double who looks completely different apart from the moustache. See more »

Quotes

Stomper: Nirvana, you want a bit?
Nirvana: Any left?
Stomper: There's enough.
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Alternate Versions

The Region 2 PAL DVD double pack of Deathwish/Deathwish II contains:
  • Deathwish II has uncut version of the rape scene without the optical fogging.
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User Reviews

Mind-blowing masterpiece of sleaze
14 January 2004 | by fertilecelluloidSee all my reviews

Be grateful for Michael Winner's sledgehammer sensitivity because it produced this classic.

None of Paul Kersey's (Charles Bronson) remaining family and friends get off lightly in this twisted nightmare of domestic violence, anal rape, vigilante justice and simplistic politics.

For fans of rough justice, the rape of Bronson's Mexican housemaid is truly amazing and eroticized like crazy by Winner's leering direction.

Thomas F. Duffy as Nirvana, the film's lead thug, is really horrible and a joy to behold (in a perverse way).

Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page provides a rock score that scorches the L.A. imagery and Vincent Gardenia returns as the cop who prefers to look the other way.

A Cannon-backed sleazefest that brings home the groceries if you like eating trash.

Screw GONE WITH THE WIND. This is much more entertaining.


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