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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

He's judge, jury and executioner. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$16,116,878, 15 December 1985

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,945,171
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Cannon Films 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

This movie was Charles Bronson's fourth picture to feature the word 'Death' in the title. Death Hunt (1981) and Messenger of Death (1988) were others. Bronson made seven movies with this word in the title, five of them being in the 'Death Wish' series. The final time would be in Death Wish V: The Face of Death (1994), where the word appeared twice. See more »

Goofs

During the final battle between the gangs and Kersey, a small two-story wooden structure is seen burning out of control on one of the neighborhood streets. While firemen fight the flames, the facade collapses into the street and the whole structure is consumed in fire and smoke. In several of the following battle scenes however, the structure is seen unscathed and totally intact. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Bennett: That's my shop!
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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

German Video, DVD and TV-Release are heavily cut. The Bootleg-Version by X-Vision is uncut. The scenes which were cut for the other releases are in English language See more »

Connections

References Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Eine kleine Nachtmusik
(uncredited)
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Arranged by Walter Warren
De Wolfe Music Ltd
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5 December 2005 | by Mr ParkerSee all my reviews

I'm having a lot of trouble trying to figure out how to rate this movie. As an actual film, it can't honestly score more than one star out of five. As pure cheese however, you'd have to give this movie a straight up five out of five.

This is probably one of the worst movies I have ever seen. The catch is, it's so bad that it's actually good. Make sense? The movie is infinitely rewatchable and you can always find something new to laugh at every time you pop this sucker in the player. There is very little to tell you about this movie other than if you haven't seen it, you need to. It's unbelievably violent and Ol' Chuck mows down at least a hundred gang members throughout the film's ninety minutes.

I can write an entire dissertation on this film but I've already seen it done on the Web on quite a few sites so I'm not going to bother. Just to remind you, the movie is so bad and unintentionally funny (watching the film again, it'd make sense if the filmmakers were going for laughs) that if you haven't seen it, you need to.

I'll leave you to ponder this one scene and decide for yourselves whether or not this movie is for you or not: Gang bikers come down the street. Angry civilians wait with a chain stretched across the road. Bikers come and are clotheslined off of their bikes when the chain is yanked upwards. While the bikers are on the floor, the civilians come out and shoot all of them, point blank while they lay writhing on the floor. Men, women and oh yes, children come out and join in the festivities, dancing around the dead bodies of the bikers.

Sigh. Instant classic.

RATING: * out of *****.

SHLOCK-O-CHEESE RATING: ***** out of *****.


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