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Death Wish II (1982)



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Paul Kersey's (Charles Bronson) self-appointed one-man vigilante squad goes bi-coastal in Michael Winner's sequel to his Death Wish. Kersey has taken up residence in Los Angeles, but lunatic violence follows him across the country like toilet paper sticking to his shoe. Kersey's Spanish cook is immediately gang-banged and killed, while his daughter, still suffering from a catatonic stupor after her brutal rape in the first film, finds herself raped yet again. Vincent Gardenia as New York detective Frank Ochoa, reprises his role from the first film here -- traveling to Los Angeles to locate Kersey but finding death waiting for him off a LA freeway ramp. After all this mayhem, Kersey cannot cringe in hiding for long, and once again he loads up his tube socks with rolls of quarters and goes hoodlum hunting.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: David Engelbach, David C. Engelbach
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 3, 2004
Warner Home Video


Charles Bronson
as Paul Kersey
Jill Ireland
as Geri Nichols
Vincent Gardenia
as Det. Frank Ochoa
J.D. Cannon
as New York D.A.
Anthony Franciosa
as LA Police Commission...
Ben Frank
as Lt. Mankiewicz
Robin Sherwood
as Carol Kersey
Robert F. Lyons
as Fred McKenzie
Michael Prince
as Elliott Cass
Drew Snyder
as Deputy Commissioner ...
Paul Lambert
as NYC Police Commissio...
Kevin Howard
as Stomper
Frank Campanella
as Judge Neil A. Lake
Paul Comi
as Senator McLean
Hugh Warden
as Minister
Jim Begg
as Tourist
Melody Santangello
as Tourist's Wife
Robert Sniveley
as Dr. Gofeld
Don Moss
as Cabbie
Charles Cyphers
as Donald Kay
Robert Snively
as Dr. Gofeld
Peter Pan
as Chinese Landlord
James Galante
as Tim Shaw
Young Buck
as Charles Pearce
Karsen Lee Gould
as Nirvana's Girl #1
Leslie Graves
as Nirvana's Girl #2
Teresa Baxter
as Nurse #1
Cindy Daly
as Nurse #2
Susannah Darrow
as Nurse on Bus
Henry Capps
as Policeman #1
Joshua Gallegos
as Policeman #2
Paul McCallum
as Ambulance Man
Roberta Collins
as Woman at Party
Diane Markoff
as Prostitute
Cynthia Burr
as Secretary to D.A.
Ezekiel Moss
as Thug #2
Ranson Walrod
as Boat Captain
Gary Boyle
as Man in TV Soap Opera
Ava Lazar
as Girl in TV Soap Oper...
Fred Saxon
as Newscaster
Lesa Weis
as Diner
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Critic Reviews for Death Wish II

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (5)

While the first film convinced me of Bronson's need for vengeance, this one is just a series of dumb killings.

Full Review… | January 31, 2011
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Shamelessly rehashed.

Full Review… | November 6, 2009
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

The results are every bit as revolting as in the original 1974 jackpot fantasy.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Overall, it's as unstylish as anything Winner has put his name to.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Even more foolish, more tacky and more selfrighteously inhumane than the 1974 melodrama off which it has been spun by the none-too-nimble fingers of Michael Winner.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

a strong, visceral experience that is not always comfortable to watch but pleasing to watch as the bad guys get what's coming to them

Full Review… | August 22, 2012
7M Pictures

Audience Reviews for Death Wish II

First sequel to the classic revenge action drama Death Wish is a step up in violence and action. Although not as great as the first, this film still manages to be thrilling from start to finish. After the events of the first film, Paul Kersey has moved to Los Angeles to restart a new life. Unfortunately he has to deal with the same situation again when hooligans break into his home rape his housekeeper and kidnap his daughter. He decides to clean up the streets again, and hunt down the hooligans who broke into his home. As a sequel, this film definitely is very good. It's definitely darker than the first film, more violent. Charles Bronson definitely shines here, and the film has plenty of action packed moments to keep you interested. The cast do a fine job in their performances, and as a whole, I personally feel that this is a fine sequel to a great film. Although it's not as memorable as the first film, this is still a must see and is good entertainment for action fans. I think as far as sequels are concerned, this among the better entries in the series, and is my personal favorite in this series. The plot is almost the same as the first, but who cares, Death Wish 2 is good fun from start to finish and if you're looking for a good action film to watch, then look no further than this film. Fans of the first will most likely enjoy this one as well, and it has something to appeal to every action buff. If you love Charles Bronson, you'll most likely love this film. A very well crafted follow-up to the first Death Wish, this one may be a bit more violent, but that shouldn't discourage fans of the first film.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer


Weak entry in the series, still has plenty of good deaths.

Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer


More brutal than the first one and the violent crank up a notch.But at times plays very cartoonsh with action sences.Micheal winner make los angeles of the early 80s a scary place to live in.I would say forget the third and other sequals and just keep to the first one and this.Chrarles Bronson is alway a pleasure to watchon screen and some of his best stuff was from the 70's and early 80's.

Brian De Guelle

Super Reviewer

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