History Film / DeathWish

13th Sep '17 7:58:23 AM Willbyr
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13th Sep '17 7:58:15 AM Willbyr
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9th Sep '17 6:27:56 PM mikey300
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New York architect Paul Kersey has his world shattered forever when his apartment is attacked by three vicious punks, who murder his wife and rape his daughter. After being sent to Arizona by his boss to meet with a client, Kersey takes an interest in guns and eventually has one slipped into his bag by the client as he's preparing to return to New York ([[UnintentionalPeriodPiece this film was made back before things like hijackers and airline security were an issue]]). Upon his return, Kersey starts dispensing justice to the scum on the streets, shooting down any mugger that tries to rob him. The police want him arrested, but the public are behind him, glad that someone's doing ''something'' to clean up the streets. Kersey is eventually asked to leave New York to avoid prosecution, much like the Old West vigilantes of long ago.

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New York architect Paul Kersey has his world shattered forever when his apartment is attacked by three vicious punks, who murder his wife and rape his daughter. After being sent to Arizona by his boss to meet with a client, Kersey takes an interest in guns and eventually has one slipped into his bag by the client as he's preparing to return to New York ([[UnintentionalPeriodPiece this film was made back before things like hijackers and airline security were an issue]]).issue]]--but the gun, in a presentation case, was actually put into the bag that Kersey was checking, not into his carry on bag). Upon his return, Kersey starts dispensing justice to the scum on the streets, shooting down any mugger that tries to rob him. The police want him arrested, but the public are behind him, glad that someone's doing ''something'' to clean up the streets. Kersey is eventually asked to leave New York to avoid prosecution, much like the Old West vigilantes of long ago.



* TheLopsidedArmOfTheLaw: The movies showcase repeatedly that the police is incapable of doing anything about the immense crime waves assaulting the cities and has all but called it quits, but put out all the stops to hound anybody who tries to fight back (even out of their jurisdiction). On the first movie they are afraid that the vigilante may escalate or that people fighting back may force the crooks to become even worse, but on the rest of the films this is shown as them not wanting to be shown over, thinking ItsPersonal, or wanting to get rid of a problem because they are [[DirtyCop Dirty Cops]].

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* TheLopsidedArmOfTheLaw: The movies showcase repeatedly that the police is incapable of doing anything about the immense crime waves assaulting the cities and has all but called it quits, but put pull out all the stops to hound anybody who tries to fight back (even out of their jurisdiction). On the first movie they are afraid that the vigilante may escalate or that people fighting back may force the crooks to become even worse, but on the rest of the films this is shown as them not wanting to be shown over, thinking ItsPersonal, or wanting to get rid of a problem because they are [[DirtyCop Dirty Cops]].



* RatedMForManly: The original film follows the transformation of Paul Kersey from pacifist to killer who deals his own brand of justice. And the entire series depicts the tough guy vigilant as a manly hero.

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* RatedMForManly: The original film follows the transformation of Paul Kersey from pacifist to killer who deals his own brand of justice. And the entire series depicts the tough guy vigilant vigilante as a manly hero.



* SequelHook: The movie ends with Kersey, at an airport, [[GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger pointing his finger at some muggers like a gun]] while smiling.

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* SequelHook: The movie ends with Kersey, at an airport, a railroad station (Union Station, Chicago), [[GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger pointing his finger at some muggers like a gun]] while smiling.
3rd Aug '17 7:27:49 PM deimos415
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For a character ''with'' a death wish, see DeathSeeker.

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A remake of this film (and just this one, it is unrelated to the rest of the pentalogy) is set to premiere on November 2017, moving the action to Chicago and now starring Creator/BruceWillis under the direction of Creator/EliRoth.

For a character ''with'' a death wish, see DeathSeeker.
DeathSeeker.
4th Jun '17 4:09:54 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The original film is a gritty, realistic, look at urban decay and out of control crime in major American cities during the era. The movie was such a hit largely because it embodied the feelings of many honest citizens at the time. In the end there is no dramatic showdown with the men who killed his wife and raped his daughter, they simply disappear into the city and Paul will never know who they were. There's little graphic violence, but what there is very disturbing. Nothing in the movie could be defined as gratuitous. The sequels all follow all the clichés avoided in the original.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The original film is a gritty, realistic, look at urban decay and out of control crime in major American cities during the era. The movie was such a hit largely because it embodied the feelings of many honest citizens at the time. In the end there is no dramatic showdown with the men who killed his wife and raped his daughter, they simply disappear into the city and Paul will never know who they were. There's little graphic violence, but what what's there is very disturbing. Nothing in the movie could be defined as gratuitous. The sequels all follow all the clichés avoided in the original.
7th May '17 4:38:46 PM ThePest179
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* SmallRoleBigImpact: The people who rape Kersey's daughter and kill his wife are never seen again, but their actions cause the rest of the movie to happen.
17th Apr '17 12:24:51 PM desslok
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** Men occasionally fall prey to this curse too - Paul's friend in the opening of Death Wish 3, for example.

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** Men occasionally fall prey to this curse too - Paul's friend beaten to death by street scum in the opening of Death Wish 3, for example.
17th Apr '17 12:23:35 PM desslok
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** Men occasionally fall prey to this curse too - Paul's friend in the opening of Death Wish 3, for example.
14th Mar '17 1:46:27 PM morenohijazo
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* UrbanHellscape: The series falls into this trope, particularly the third film, which portrays the criminal gang as brutish and savage to the point that when protagonist VigilanteMan Paul Kersey kills them with military-grade weaponry, there is little discension.
19th Feb '17 3:47:46 PM ThePest179
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New York architect Paul Kersey has his world shattered forever when his apartment is attacked by three vicious punks, who murder his wife and rape his daughter. After being sent to Arizona by his boss to meet with a client, Kersey takes an interest in guns and eventually has one slipped into his bag by the client as he's preparing to return to New York (this film was made back before things like hijackers and airline security were an issue). Upon his return, Kersey starts dispensing justice to the scum on the streets, shooting down any mugger that tries to rob him. The police want him arrested, but the public are behind him, glad that someone's doing ''something'' to clean up the streets. Kersey is eventually asked to leave New York to avoid prosecution, much like the Old West vigilantes of long ago.

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New York architect Paul Kersey has his world shattered forever when his apartment is attacked by three vicious punks, who murder his wife and rape his daughter. After being sent to Arizona by his boss to meet with a client, Kersey takes an interest in guns and eventually has one slipped into his bag by the client as he's preparing to return to New York (this ([[UnintentionalPeriodPiece this film was made back before things like hijackers and airline security were an issue).issue]]). Upon his return, Kersey starts dispensing justice to the scum on the streets, shooting down any mugger that tries to rob him. The police want him arrested, but the public are behind him, glad that someone's doing ''something'' to clean up the streets. Kersey is eventually asked to leave New York to avoid prosecution, much like the Old West vigilantes of long ago.


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* RapeLeadsToInsanity: Kersey's daughter becomes unresponsive and catatonic after her violent rape.
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