• Death Wish (1974)

Death Wish

Release Date: 1974

DVD Release Date: January 16th, 2001

R |1 hr 33 min

Plot Summary

Once a mild-mannered liberal, New York City architect Paul Kersey (Charles Bronson) snaps when intruders break into his home, murdering his wife (Hope Lange) and violently raping his daughter. A business trip to Tucson, Ariz., lands him a gift from a client, a revolver he uses to patrol the streets when he returns home. Frustrated that the police cannot find the intruders, he become a vigilante, gunning down any criminal that crosses his path. The public finds this vigilantism heroic.

Cast: Charles Bronson, Hope Lange, Vincent Gardenia, Steven Keats, William Redfield, Stuart Margolin, Stephen Elliott, Kathleen Tolan

Director: Michael Winner

Genres: Crime drama

Production Co: Dino De Laurentiis Company

Keywords: Wife, 1970s, New York City, Revenge, Daughter, Dark

Ratings & Reviews

  • 60
    Andrew SarrisVillage Voice

    If it were even remotely realistic, it would be intolerable, but the first half of its premise, Bronson as a bleeding-heart liberal who turns, because of a personal tragedy into a gun-toting vigilante, is so patently unconvincing as to make the payoff an irresistibly entertaining exercise in backlash titillation. [29 Aug 1974, p.65]

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    In Death Wish we get just about the definitive Bronson; rarely has a leading role contained fewer words or more violence. show more

  • 50
    Time Out

    The sense of location is strong, emphasising a hostile, nightmarish terrain; but Winner's recourse to caricature when dealing with police and thugs, and his virtually overt sympathies with the confused, violent Bronson, make for uncritical, simplistic viewing. show more

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