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Death Wish 3 (1985)



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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 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.more
Rating: R
Genre: Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Michael Edmonds
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 3, 2004
MGM Home Entertainment


Charles Bronson
as Paul Kersey
Deborah Raffin
as Kathryn Davis
Ed Lauter
as Richard Shriker
Kirk Taylor
as Giggler
Alex Winter
as Hermosa
Alan Cooke
as Punks at Car
Bob Dysinger
as Punks at Car
Barbie Wilde
as Female Punk
Ron Hayes
as Lieutenant
Jerry Phillips
as Street Punk
Joseph Gonzalez
as Rodriguez
Leo Kharibian
as Eli Kaprov
Hana-Maria Pravda
as Mrs. Kaprov
Mildred Shay
as Mrs. Emil
Kenny Marino
as Used Car Seller
Birdie M. Hale
as Mugging Victim
Sandy Grizzle
as Rape Victim
Dinah May
as Nurse
Billy J. Mitchell
as Fraker's Lawyer
Billy Mitchell
as Fraker's Lawyer
Lee Patterson
as TV Newscaster
Olivia Ward
as Protesting Lady
Manning Redwood
as Lt. Sterns
Joe Cirillo
as Policeman
Ralph Monaco
as Policeman
William Roberts
as Policeman
Mac MacDonald
as Policeman
Sam Douglas
as Policeman
Ron Travis
as Policeman
Mark Stewart
as Policeman
Peter Banks
as Policeman
Tim Hunsinger
as Policeman
Nick D'Avirro
as Policeman
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Critic Reviews for Death Wish 3

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (5)

Preposterously Rambo-esque.

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

Attempts to justify the ensuing mass-murder are perfunctory.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

This is nothing more than cinematic masturbation.

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

There is not a moment of credibility in the movie and the ending is sheer chaos, and anticlimactic at that. Mr. Winner runs out of imagination before Mr. Bronson runs out of ammunition.

Full Review… | May 21, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

The action, direction and special effects are all better than the last time around, which isn't saying much.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Overblown and unrealistic yet ultimately cathartic and exciting, Death Wish 3 is still an entertaining ride.

Full Review… | August 22, 2012
7M Pictures

Audience Reviews for Death Wish 3

Third film is a thrilling action packed underrated Bronson film that is a must see for fans of the genre. I very much loved this film, and I thought that the action scenes were well done, providing some good entertainment. If you loved the first two films, then check this one out. The plot is fairly simple, like the first two but it becomes a more in your face, raw and aggressive actioner that has a very entertaining ending. Charles Bronson still delivers on-screen, and as a third film, Death Wish 3 still manages to be very good. By the end time a series gets to this point, it runs out of effective ideas, though the ideas here are nothing new, director Michael Winner crafts a solid action film that incorporates all the usual elements of a Death Wish film, revenge, vigilantism and top notch action. Don't expect an Oscar winning film with this film; expect a fun, entertaining film that relies on its action to tell its story. If you love these types of films, check this film out. And it's one film that is quite underrated as well. The performances aren't memorable, but what keeps the ball moving are the solid action scenes that make up the film. This would have been a fine to a trilogy of memorable action films, but they just went ahead and made two more films in the series. I feel that along with the second film, Death Wish 3 is the darkest film in the franchise. I loved this film and yes, it has its flaws, but it's nowhere near as bad as what many critics have claimed it to be. If you're a Charles Bronson fan, you'll enjoy this film.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

One cannot explain how inconceivably awful this film is.

Reid Volk

Super Reviewer


I tend to watch everything what my friend recommend to me. No matter what Genre what Country or what languages, I can even live with subtitles. lol
Trouble is when I watch Movies with subtitles I feel like a looney tune.

Wahida K

Super Reviewer

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