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Death Wish V: The Face of Death (1994)

Paul Kersey is back at working vigilante justice when his fiancée, Olivia, has her business threatened by mobsters.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Paul Kersey
... Olivia Regent
... Tommy O'Shea
... Sal Paconi
Kevin Lund ... Chuck Paconi
... Freddie 'Flakes'
... Brian Hoyle
... Hector Vasquez
... Lt. Mickey King
... Janice Omori
Erica Fairfield ... Chelsea Regent (as Erica Lancaster)
Jefferson Mappin ... Big Al
Michael Dunston ... Reg
... Maxine
Sharolyn Sparrow ... Dawn
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Storyline

New York's garment district has turns into Dodge City when mobster Tommy O'Shea muscles in on the fashion trade of his ex-wife Olivia Regent. Olivia is engaged to Paul Kersey, who provides a sense of security for herself and her daughter Chelsea. Olivia isn't impressed when Tommy tortures her manager, Big Al, so Tommy hires an enforcer named Freddie Flakes, who is a master of disguise. Freddie dons women's clothing to follow Olivia into a ladies' room, where he smashes her face into a mirror, causing permanent disfigurement. In the offices of D.A. Tony Hoyle and his associate Hector Vasquez, Paul and Olivia vow to see to it that Tommy is prosecuted. Later, Freddie and two of his men disguise themselves as cops, infiltrate Olivia's apartment, and shoot Olivia dead. Now Kersey is ready to take things into his own hands. Kersey follows Tommy's thug Chickie Paconi to the Paconi family bistro, where Kersey kills Chickie by lacing his cannelloni with cyanide. Next, Paul tricks Freddie out ... Written by Todd Baldridge

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

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$503,936, 17 January 1994, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,702,394
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Trivia

Menahem Golan announced plans for "Death Wish 6: The New Vigilante" without Charles Bronson. However, the two had a falling-out and ended their working relationship. The film was never made. See more »

Goofs

On the Region 1 NTSC/DVD Widescreen, at 126:19-22 you can clearly see a Canada Post Gray Mailbox (circa 1995 - Toronto) that has some graffiti spray painted on it, right next to the police vehicle, for 3 seconds visible in each frame. See more »

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Tommy O'Shea: Wait! Whatever you want. Whatever you need.
Paul Kersey: I don't need anything. But *you*. You need a bath!
[Pushes him into a vat of liquid plastic]
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Follows Death Wish II (1982) See more »

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DO YOU WANNA DANCE
Written and Performed by O.T.D.
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A Marvelously Mean Finale to the Series

Gangsters have bullied and murdered a woman. Now they had better watch out, because her fiancée is none other than Paul Kersey – and it's time for Mr. Bronson to dispense some more swift justice!

While this entry in the Death Wish series doesn't have the highest body count (see part 3 for that) and isn't the most grim and gritty (see part 2), it is the most sadistic. You see, in previous films Bronson got his wrathful business done with his trusty sidearm – but we get some variation in this one. Here he breaks out a marvelous assortment of deadly amusements such as the exploding soccer ball and poisoned pasta mentioned in other reviews – all seen in graphic detail as they work their murderous magic. Add to that the stress on facial disfigurement and scenes involving torture by steam press, plastic wrapping machine, and radial saw – and you have a new and wonderfully vicious formula for more Death Wish mayhem.

This is not the best in the series, but Bronson's presence alone gives it distinction, and it manages to make the most of the obviously very limited budget. If you're a fan of the series like me, you'll enjoy it in all its unpleasant, uncompromising glory.


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