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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

Despite Lieutenant Frank Ochoa's order to leave New York permanently in Death Wish (1974), Paul Kersey is back in the city to visit an old friend after taking down Nirvana's gang of savage thugs in Death Wish II (1982). But, death seems to follow the grizzled executioner, and after a shocking discovery, Kersey cuts a deal with the Police Chief, Richard Shriker: kill as many creeps as he wants, provided that he keeps the police informed. This time, Paul means business, and as the sadistic gang of the unhinged sociopath, Manny Fraker, terrorises the tenants of a run-down tenement building, and the entire neighbourhood, Kersey's brand-new .475 Wildey Magnum alone is not going to cut it. Can "The Vigilante" bring peace back to the once-quiet region? Written by Nick Riganas

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


Certificate:

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Trivia

The neighborhood used for the gang war of the film was in Brixton, a district which was infested with real-life gangs. See more »

Goofs

Eli Kaprov casually reads a magazine and acts surprised when his wife informs him that Mr Kersey just shot some of the creeps.He obviously didn't hear a .30 cal full auto machine gun and the screams of dozens of punks being shot and returning fire just 10 feet from his window but his wife did. See more »

Quotes

Paul Kersey: It's like killing roaches - you have to kill 'em all. Otherwise, what's the use?
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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

The syndicated network TV version has at least one alternate take: During the gang rape of Maria in the gang's headquarters, the WPIX TV version shows her screaming with her arms crossed in front of her chest, while the theatrical version shows her screaming with a clear shot of her bare breasts. The TV footage is extremely grainy and badly spliced into the film. See more »

Connections

Referenced in NCIS: New Orleans: Swift, Silent, Deadly (2017) See more »

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Foxy
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Music by Roy Budd
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An underrated decent Action flick from the 80's the year of Rambo my all time favorite
4 April 2017 | by ivo-cobra8See all my reviews

Death Wish 3 is the year of Rambo one of my all time favorite classic action films from Charles Bronson and it is really underrated. I love good action movies and I love the third sequel way better than the original! Charles Bronson is the best in this movie! I watched this movie more as a kid than the first two movies. I love this movie to death I have it on Blu-ray and I have a VHS tape still. There are a lot of people who hate this movie like actor Alex Winter mentioned it is one of the worst movies made in the 80's from Cannon I disagree. Charles Bronson was disappointed with the film, I wasn't. This movie it is not for everyone it is more for action junkies like my self it is for fun and entertaining.

To you, this is underrated misunderstood prototypical "good" action movie -- intense, violent gang war on a streets perfectly executed, original action, shown to the tune of a forgettable and occasionally insulting story.

This movie was filmed the same year as Rambo: First Blood Part II and honestly Charles Bronson is Rambo in the urban jungle defending innocents on the street and fight evil in New York City. New York a city pushed to edge, people pushed to the limit and no one's got the guts to stop them. But there is one way, one man who want be pushed "Charles Bronson" and now he is in the middle of a war. In a world gone mad there is only one law is Charles Bronson Death wish 3! Bronson is back in New York bringing justice to the streets... Death Wish 3.

1985 sequel, Paul Kersey, aka "The Vigilante", finds himself battling street punks in order to bring peace back to a once quiet New York neighborhood. Despite the New York setting, the film was actually made in England.

It's blisteringly fast paced, brutally violent, the characters from the cops to the punks to the citizens do over-the-top, unrealistically illegal things that they would all be arrested for in real life but go unnoticed in the world of the film, and the whole movie has a go-for-broke feel.

I love The character development Paul Kersey is a hero in this movie helps, defends old people and week people who can't defend them self's.

Kersey buys an ice cream to a kid, he shots and fights off the rapists twice in this movie. He supports and stands by Rodriguez site when his wife is raped and murdered.

There is a war on the streets with punks and gang territories. I wish they would make movies like this today I really do wish that.

The acting decent from everyone but a lot of the fashion is hilariously 80's. There's nothing too disturbing in this movie so the tone is lighter than the first two films. It's also well paced and moves along quickly; no need for character development, just shoot the baddies! Charles Bronson does amazing job playing his character I really do miss him. Deborah Raffin did a great job and she was really cute and likable in this movie. Martin Balsam as Bennett was beautiful at acting. Gavan O'Herlihy is really perfectly bad guy I really get to hate him and you wish he will be die already. Ed Lauter as Richard Shriker is a good cop who becomes Charles Bronson's alley.

The script and the plot is alright and there is plenty action we have a lot of guns and automatic weapons and they are been used well.

Paul Kersey and his neighbor Rodriguez use a Browning M1919 machine gun to kill several gang members before it runs out of ammo. Paul looks with the machine gun like Rambo in the 80's the jungle streets. Both the Browning 1919 and MG42 belonged to Kersey's late Korean War buddy Charley, who apparently acquired the weapons during his stint in the Military.

Paul Kersey's (Charles Bronson) uses Wildey Hunter with an 8" barrel in the movie (in real life, the gun was Bronson's personal pistol).

I love the music score by Jimmy Page and I really love all the characters in here.

10. years ago I wrote Murphy's Law is Charles Bronson best movie but my personal favorite Charles Bronson movie will always be Death Wish 3.

Michael Winner did really good job directing his third and final Death Wish movie.

Paul Kersey uses a rocket launcher M72 LAW and blows Fraker in to pieces and bringing justice to the streets once again.

Death Wish 3 is a 1985 American action film starring Charles Bronson as vigilante killer Paul Kersey and is the third film in the Death Wish film series. It was written by Don Jakoby (under the pseudonym Michael Edmonds). This is the last Death Wish film to be directed by Michael Winner.

R.I.P. Charles Bronson, Michael Winner, Deborah Raffin, Ed Lauter, Martin Balsam, Ron Hayes, John Gabriel, Mildred Shay, Menahem Golan rest in peace I really miss you all and I enjoy Death Wish 3 to death. 10/10 my favorite childhood classic action film I love it more than the original.


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USA | Canada

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

1 November 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Rankcolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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