History Film / Deathwish

10th Nov '17 12:24:14 PM smasll_lordvoice
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* UnbuiltTrope: The ''Death Wish'' saga pioneered the urban VigilanteMan concept, but it also showed how dangerous it would be.

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* UnbuiltTrope: The ''Death Wish'' saga pioneered the urban VigilanteMan concept, but it also showed how dangerous it would be. The ViolenceIsDisturbing and graphic but infrequent, and the men who kill and rape Paul's wife and daughter are not sadistic arch-villains, they're a couple of random, violent mugs who just disappear into the night [[RealityEnsues and are never seen again, as Paul has no idea how to find them.]] Basically, the first film avoided all of the cliches that its many sequels and imitators would go on to play unabashedly straight.



* VigilanteMan: ''Death Wish'' is probably the TropeCodifier for this character type in media. Also an UnbuiltTrope as the film pioneered the urban vigilante concept, but it also showed how dangerous it would be. The ViolenceIsDisturbing and graphic but infrequent, and the men who kill and rape Paul's wife and daughter are not sadistic arch-villains, they're a couple of random, violent mugs who just disappear into the night [[RealityEnsues and are never seen again, as Paul has no idea how to find them.]] Basically, the first film avoided all of the cliches that its many sequels and imitators would go on to play unabashedly straight.

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* VigilanteMan: ''Death Wish'' is probably the TropeCodifier for this character type in media. Also an UnbuiltTrope as the film pioneered the urban vigilante concept, but it also showed how dangerous it would be. The ViolenceIsDisturbing and graphic but infrequent, and the men who kill and rape Paul's wife and daughter are not sadistic arch-villains, they're a couple of random, violent mugs who just disappear into the night [[RealityEnsues and are never seen again, as Paul has no idea how to find them.]] Basically, the first film avoided all of the cliches that its many sequels and imitators would go on to play unabashedly straight.
10th Nov '17 12:23:13 PM smasll_lordvoice
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* VigilanteMan: ''Death Wish'' is probably the TropeCodifier for this character type in media. Also an UnbuiltTrope as the film pioneered the urban vigilante concept, but it also showed how dangerous it would be.

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* VigilanteMan: ''Death Wish'' is probably the TropeCodifier for this character type in media. Also an UnbuiltTrope as the film pioneered the urban vigilante concept, but it also showed how dangerous it would be. The ViolenceIsDisturbing and graphic but infrequent, and the men who kill and rape Paul's wife and daughter are not sadistic arch-villains, they're a couple of random, violent mugs who just disappear into the night [[RealityEnsues and are never seen again, as Paul has no idea how to find them.]] Basically, the first film avoided all of the cliches that its many sequels and imitators would go on to play unabashedly straight.
1st Oct '17 2:47:51 AM petrandreev13
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* SockItToThem: Kersey gets worth of rolled quarters, puts them into a sock, practices swinging the flail around in his apartment, and then carries it around during the day. Soon someone with a knife tries to mug him, and a single hit makes the other guy drop the knife and try to run away, go headfirst into a wall, and then stumble off.

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* SockItToThem: Kersey gets worth of rolled quarters, puts them into a sock, sock and practices swinging the flail around in and hitting it into his apartment, and then carries hand at his office, shaking it around during the day.slightly in pain, indicating it works. Soon someone with a knife tries to mug him, and a single hit makes the other guy drop the knife and try to run away, go headfirst into a wall, and then stumble off.
1st Oct '17 2:35:50 AM petrandreev13
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* CoolGuns: Paul uses a nickel-plated Police Positive with pearl grips

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* CoolGuns: Paul uses a nickel-plated Police Positive with pearl grips grips.


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* HeroicBSOD: Paul's reaction after doctor announces his wife's death.
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.
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