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Death Wish 3 (1985)

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Architect/vigilante Paul Kersey arrives back in New York City and is forcibly recruited by a crooked police chief to fight street crime caused by a large gang terrorizing the neighborhoods.

Director:

Michael Winner

Writers:

Don Jakoby (as Michael Edmonds), Brian Garfield (characters created by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Bronson ... Paul Kersey
Deborah Raffin ... Kathryn Davis
Ed Lauter ... Richard Shriker
Martin Balsam ... Bennett
Gavan O'Herlihy ... Fraker
Kirk Taylor ... Giggler
Alex Winter ... Hermosa
Tony Spiridakis ... Angel
Ricco Ross ... The Cuban
Tony Britts Tony Britts ... Tulio
David Crean David Crean ... Hector
Nelson Fernandez Nelson Fernandez ... Chaco
Alan Cooke Alan Cooke ... Punk at Car
Bob Lee Dysinger ... Punk at Car (as Bob Dysinger)
Topo Grajeda Topo Grajeda ... Garcia
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Storyline

Paul Kersey, New York City architect and part-time vigilante, returns from L.A. to visit an old friend. Instead, he must avenge his death by fighting youth gangs. Written by Dragan Antulov <dragan.antulov@altbbs.fido.hr>

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Taglines:

Charles Bronson. If he can't find justice...he'll make his own! See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Death Wish III See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,319,116, 3 November 1985

Gross USA:

$16,116,878

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,116,878
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Cannon Group See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Rankcolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Michael Winner edited the film under the pseudonym 'Arnold Crust'. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the film, Kersey said that he'll give the cab driver $20 if he gets him out of the traffic jam, when the cab driver says "Thanks man", his mouth does not move at all. See more »

Quotes

Richard Shriker: [to Kersey] What am I going to do with you, dude?
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Crazy Credits

A shot during the end credits shows police cars and an ambulance and fire truck screaming down a street towards the epicenter of the riots. See more »

Alternate Versions

Although the UK cinema version was uncut the 1986 video release was cut by 13 secs by the BBFC with edits made to shorten the rape scene and to remove a shot of a half-naked woman being dragged away by thugs. All the cuts were waived in 2006. See more »

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Eine kleine Nachtmusik
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Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Arranged by Walter Warren
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Urban War Zone
3 February 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The third film of the Death Wish series is probably the worst of them, but it's a guilty pleasure of mine. I do so love the violence when the East New York neighborhood awakes and throws off the rule of punks.

After roaming the streets of New York in the first film and going back to Los Angeles in the second, Charles Bronson as the legendary urban vigilante Paul Kersey returns to New York to visit an old friend who is found murdered. He's questioned, but let go, but the police captain of the beleaguered 75th precinct which in real life does include the East New York area of Brooklyn, Ed Lauter, let's him go with a promise to unofficially do his vigilante thing in that neighborhood. It's getting so that the punks are seriously challenging the citizens in population growth.

Back in the day the East New York area was this middle class neighborhood of homes and churches that so typified Brooklyn. It became a prime example of urban decay. I well recall a local Assemblyman Vito P. Battista who also ran for Mayor of New York several times, declaring that it looked like London after the Blitz. Vito wasn't far wrong. And that is the real East New York you are seeing, lots of blocks of abandoned buildings and empty lots.

As in all Death Wish 3 films Bronson gets himself a woman and it's her death that galvanizes him into action. In this case it's Deborah Raffin who the punks set up in a fiery car crash.

That last half hour of Death Wish 3 is an urban fantasy when the whole neighborhood becomes a battleground as Bronson leads an aroused populace to clean up the neighborhood. Can't describe it, you've got to see it to believe it. More urban slime gets eradicated here than in all the other Death Wish films put together.

You have to see Death Wish 3, it's trashy, it's one of the most politically incorrect films ever made and great fun.


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