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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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He's Judge, Jury and Executioner! 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

According to Alex Winter, Michael Winner hired him because he was born in England and therefore had a British passport. See more »

Goofs

Towards the end of the film a gang is pursuing Paul rivals down a street lined with Stanton Staveley concrete lamp posts. These are common in the UK, which gives away the location as South London. These types of posts are not found in NYC and are extremely rare in the USA. See more »

Quotes

Bennett: We heard shots. What happened?
Paul Kersey: I sent them a message.
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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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Featured in The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Eine kleine Nachtmusik
(uncredited)
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Arranged by Walter Warren
De Wolfe Music Ltd
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Bronson At His Best
25 August 2006 | by ReelCheeseSee all my reviews

Most critics seem to have dismissed this film, like so many other Charles Bronson vehicles, as just another patchwork of mindless violence. And while there is a fair amount of mayhem, DEATH WISH 3 is not that awful of an effort, particularly for fans of the series and its star.

This time out, aging Charlie's Paul Kersey is let loose by a police chief desperate to clean up a rough part of New York City. The trigger-happy vigilante moves into the heart of gang territory, where he once again becomes a one-man army in an urban war of good versus evil. Bronson, at least the "older" version, is truly at his best.

I'm not saying DEATH WISH 3 is a classic. Indeed to the discriminating eye it has a plethora of imperfections. The characters are generally made of cardboard. The violence is over the top. A man well into his 60s outruns and outspooks dozens of young punks. But in the tradition of the original DEATH WISH and later films such as FALLING DOWN with Michael Douglas, it has a definite crowd-pleasing charm. Who doesn't want to see gangbangers get their due? There are also some great cheesy moments and one-liners so common in 1980s films. When a tenant of his apartment building sees Kersey setting up a booby trap, for instance, the vigilante lightheartedly says he's "thinning the herd." A line only Bronson can truly make work.

So you see, the key to enjoying DEATH WISH 3 is to accept it for what it is. It ain't Spielberg and it ain't art. So throw the popcorn in the microwave and have fun with it.


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