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Death Wish: The Face of Death (1994)

Death Wish V: The Face of Death (original title)
Paul Kersey is back at working vigilante justice when his fiancée, Olivia, has her business threatened by mobsters.


Allan A. Goldstein


Brian Garfield (characters), Michael Colleary (story) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Bronson ... Paul Kersey
Lesley-Anne Down ... Olivia Regent
Michael Parks ... Tommy O'Shea
Chuck Shamata ... Sal Paconi
Kevin Lund Kevin Lund ... Chuck Paconi
Robert Joy ... Freddie 'Flakes'
Saul Rubinek ... Brian Hoyle
Miguel Sandoval ... Hector Vasquez
Kenneth Welsh ... Lt. Mickey King
Lisa Inouye ... Janice Omori
Erica Fairfield Erica Fairfield ... Chelsea Regent (as Erica Lancaster)
Jefferson Mappin ... Big Al
Michael Dunston Michael Dunston ... Reg
Claire Rankin ... Maxine
Sharolyn Sparrow Sharolyn Sparrow ... Dawn


Under a new identity, Paul Kersey returns to New York City, seven long years after the events of Death Wish 4: The Crackdown (1987), to attend the glamorous fashion show of his fiancée, Olivia Regent. However, Olivia's criminal former husband, Tommy O'Shea, has other plans in store for her, and after a deadly confrontation, Paul finds himself back to square one. Now, once more, with the police unable, or unwilling, to get to the bottom of this bloody case, it is up to Kersey, the grizzled messenger of death, and his snub-nosed, .357 Magnum Smith and Wesson Model 66 revolver, to right a wrong, and see to it that justice is served. Is there an escape from Kersey, and the face of death? Written by Nick Riganas

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


No judge. No jury. No appeals. No deals. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, and for nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Michael Winner was available to direct, but was never asked to do so. According to Winner, his lack of interest in directing Death Wish 4: The Crackdown (1987) may have led Menahem Golan to count him out. See more »


An obvious dummy used for the scene where Paul blows up Freddie with the rigged soccer ball. See more »


Reg: This is bullshit!
Tommy O'Shea: What's that? What's that, man?
Reg: It's bullshit! So are you!
Tommy O'Shea: Hey, man! I makes you the head nigger and you talk to me like that?
Reg: Fuck you, you son of a bitch!
Chuck Paconi: Hey!
[Sal and Chuck grab Reg, Sal takes out a knife]
Sal Paconi: Reg, that was really stupid. You've got a big mouth. Now, apologize to the man.
Reg: I ain't saying shit!
Tommy O'Shea: Ah now, Reggie, you know damn well if you don't say shit, you'll lose ninety percent of your vocabulary.
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Alternate Versions

Although rated not under 18, German Video-Version was cut to reduce violence See more »


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Performed by Norma Jean Wright
Lyrics and Music by David Friedman & Regine Urbach
Produced by David Friedman
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User Reviews

Excellent, with plenty of good clean violence.
28 June 2003 | by nicholas.rhodesSee all my reviews

I am a great fan of the Death Wish films as I love to watch Bronson knocking off one by one the scum of society. My favourite is the number III by a long chalk but this one isn't bad either. This one also has some very comical moments notably when Chickie dies when eating a cyanide flavoured "canoli" (whatever that may be !!). Also, what is interesting here is when Bronson gets rid of the scum using different methods than just the usual old "gun". In this vein, I liked most the radio-controlled football which blew apart Flakes' face, and the death of the villain at the end in the acid bath when we see his flesh melting away off the face in the acid.

The only reproach I would make to the film are its picture and sound quality ( on the dvd at least ). These are really not up to scratch for a film made in the 1990's.

I eagerly await the day when Death Wish 3 and Death Wish 4 will be available on dvd. Bronson is truly a great actor, whatever the role he plays, but he is especially effective in the part of a vigilante.

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English | Italian

Release Date:

14 January 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Death Wish: The Face of Death See more »

Filming Locations:

Canada See more »


Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$503,936, 17 January 1994

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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