Death Wish 3

Death Wish 3

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Director: Michael Winner

Cast: Charles Bronson, Deborah Raffin, Ed Lauter


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Michael Winner ups the ante once again in Death Wish 3. Any pretense of Paul Kersey (Charles Bronson) having a career in architecture is completely gone. Kersey's new career appears to be as a professional vigilante, blowing away muggers, rapists and thieves off the mean streets -- or as he terms it "thinning the herd." Back in New York City, Kersey, with his…  See more details below


Michael Winner ups the ante once again in Death Wish 3. Any pretense of Paul Kersey (Charles Bronson) having a career in architecture is completely gone. Kersey's new career appears to be as a professional vigilante, blowing away muggers, rapists and thieves off the mean streets -- or as he terms it "thinning the herd." Back in New York City, Kersey, with his usual luck, arrives just in time to find an old friend dying after a vicious beating by a multi-cultural gang of thugs. The cops arrest Kersey, but it just so happens that police chief Richard S. Shriker (Ed Lauter) is like Kersey with a badge: "I'm the law, and that means I get to violate your civil rights." He makes a deal with Kersey: he can go free as long as he keeps the cops informed of his death counts. Kersey grunts in agreement and proceeds to move into a decaying tenement building in the middle of a bombed out gang war zone. The building is populated by a group of elderly tenants who are terrified by the neighborhood gang warfare. Kersey declares his own personal war on the neighborhood gang, led by a frenzied leader named Fraker (Gavan O'Herilhy), who wears a reverse Mohawk hair-style. As Kersey devises booby traps and trip-wire bombs to confound the gang, the senior citizens gleefully take pot shots at the wounded gang members from their windows.

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Charles Bronson made many outrageous action vehicles during his Cannon Films era, but this may be the most bizarre of the bunch. Death Wish 3 dispenses without any pretense toward believability in characterization, plotting, or dialogue as it once again puts the character of Paul Kersey through his urban-vigilante paces. The only new wrinkle comes with a plot thread in which the police chief (played in amusingly broad style by Ed Lauter) gives Kersey his under-the-table approval to go out there and start bumping off thugs for his police department and even that turns out to be a quickly dropped throwaway notion. On the plus side, the film does offer a decent supporting cast, which also includes Deborah Raffin and Martin Balsam, and director Michael Winner gives the proceedings a professional look and pace; however, the film's mechanical nature and absurd plotting make it impossible for the viewer to get invested in the story, especially when Kersey and his enemies turn the neighborhood into an urban war zone during an absurdly over-the-top finale. In short, the utter ludicrousness of Death Wish 3 may amuse bad-movie buffs but is likely to baffle anyone expecting a quality film.

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charles Bronson Paul Kersey
Deborah Raffin Kathryn Davis
Ed Lauter Richard Striker
Martin Balsam Bennett
Gavan O'Herlihy Fraker
Kirk Taylor Giggler
Tony Spiridakis Angel
Ricco Ross The Cuban
Tony Britts Tulio
Joseph Gonzalez Rodriguez
Francis Drake Charley
Marina Sirtis Maria
Tim Hunsinger Policeman
Steffanie Pitt Nurse
Alex Winter Hermosa
David Crean Hector
Nelson Fernandez Chaco
Alan Cooke Punk at Car
Bob Dysinger Punk at Car
Topo Grajeda Garcia
Barbie Wilde Female Punk
Ron Hayes Lieutenant
Jerry Phillips Street Punk
Leo Kharibian Eli Kaprov
John Gabriel Emil
Mildred Shay Mrs. Emil
Kenny Marino Used Car Seller
Birdie M. Hale Mugging Victim
Hayward Morse Intern
Ronald Fernee Intern
Sandy Grizzle Rape Victim
Dinah May Nurse
Billy Mitchell Fraker's Lawyer
Lee Patterson TV Newscaster
Olivia Ward Protesting Lady
Manning Redwood Lieutenant Sterns
Joe Cirillo Policeman
Ralph Monaco Policeman
William Roberts Policeman
Sam Douglas Policeman
Ron Travis Policeman
Mark Stewart Policeman
Peter Banks Policeman
Hana-Maria Pravda Mrs. Kaprov

Technical Credits
Michael Winner Director,Co-producer
Marc Boyle Stunts
Arnold Crust Editor
Michael Edmonds Screenwriter
John Evans Special Effects
Peggy Farrell Costumes/Costume Designer
Yoram Globus Producer
Menahem Golan Producer
Michael J. Kagan Associate Producer
Steve Kirshoff Special Effects
Harry Madsen Stunts
Richard Mills Makeup
David Minty Art Director
Peter Mullins Production Designer
Ernie F. Orsatti Stunts
Jimmy Page Score Composer
Gretchen Rau Set Decoration/Design
John Stanier Cinematographer
Robin Tarsnane Set Decoration/Design
James A. Taylor Art Director
Tip Tipping Stunts
Carla White Makeup

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Death Wish 3 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Honestly i found this movie quite enjoyable. I couldn't tell if it was the gang members with their terrible aim using VERY accurate handguns or the simple yet effective booby traps Kersey sets up in the tenements, but this movie gave me a laugh almost every scene and i recommend it to any fan of action movies. When Bronson pulls out a LAW missile launcher from a package thats delivered to his apartment and explains to the neighbor of his murdered friend what it is, ANYONE watching that scene knew that true destruction was about to commence. ...priceless. Charles Bronson is the epitome of American justice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
That's right 5-stars for Death Wish 3. This is one of my very favorite movies of all time. Charles Bronson never really hit the big time until 1974 with Death Wish, while he was in popular movies he was always with a huge cast of stars so it's hard to stand-out. Death Wish gave Bronson box office gold, but sadly he was type-casted after that. Death Wish 3 is my favorite of the series. This movie is not meant to be taken serious. The final act has Bronson leading a war agaisnt a whole bunch of gangbangers, the cops are there and even the people are suddelny pulling out guns they have hidden and fighting back. In some areas one can see this movie as a spoof of the first Death Wish. Sit back and enjoy. Take the movie for what it's worth. I love this movie. A must see for action fans and Bronson fans. Best part is while eating dinner with friends he goes outside kills a couple of bad guys then goes back into the house to eat like nothing happened, and who could forget the Giggler. Did I say I love this movie?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago