Death Wish

"Very Good"

Death Wish Review


If you were a mugger, would you prey on a guy that looked like Charles Bronson? I guess this wouldn't have worked with Petula Clark in the lead, but Death Wish -- which spawned four sequels and endless knockoffs -- is a real piece of filmed Americana. Bronson plays Paul Kersey, an architect (and conscientious objector during Vietnam!) whose wife is senselessly killed by a mugger. Soon he learns the joy of the .32 handgun and begins shooting up the town whenever he spies a mugging, or -- more lifely -- when he is the victim of an attempted mugging himself. Bronson probably shoots more bullets than he utters lines of dialogues, and the police work in tracking down Kersey is uncannily good. All told this is a compulsively watchable bit of '70s nostalgia, a curious counterpart to Dirty Harry and an icon of New York-brand justice. (Make sure you dig the wallpaper in Kersey's kitchen.)


Death Wish

Facts and Figures

Run time: 93 mins

In Theaters: Wednesday 24th July 1974

Box Office Worldwide: $22M

Budget: $3M

Distributed by: Paramount Pictures

Production compaines: Paramount Pictures

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 67%
Fresh: 16 Rotten: 8

IMDB: 7.0 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer: Hal Landers, Bobby Roberts

Starring: as Paul Kersey, as Joanna Kersey, as Det. Frank Ochoa, as Jack Toby, as Sam Kreutzer, as Ames Jainchill, as Police Commissioner, Kathleen Tolan as Carol Toby, as Young Thug

Also starring:

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