History Film / Deathwish

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.
25th Jan '17 2:14:32 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* BeserkButton: Paul is an equal-opportunity vigilante crook-killer, but he is a lot more vicious when dealing with rapists, muggers and drug addicts, all of whom were responsible for his greatest tragedies.

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* BeserkButton: BerserkButton: Paul is an equal-opportunity vigilante crook-killer, but he is a lot more vicious when dealing with rapists, muggers and drug addicts, all of whom were responsible for his greatest tragedies.
25th Jan '17 10:53:56 AM ThePest179
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* SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou: Check out Bronson in the posters: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/f0/Death_wish_movie_poster.jpg, http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/4/4c/Death_Wish_II.jpg to, http://www.moviegoods.com/Assets/product_images/1020/248429.1020.A.jpg shoot you!

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* SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou: Check out Bronson in the posters: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/f0/Death_wish_movie_poster.jpg, http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/4/4c/Death_Wish_II.jpg to, http://www.moviegoods.com/Assets/product_images/1020/248429.1020.A.jpg shoot you!%%* SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou:
25th Jan '17 7:50:59 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* BadassMustache: Paul sports one.
* BeserkButton: Paul is an equal-opportunity vigilante crook-killer, but he is a lot more vicious when dealing with rapists, muggers and drug addicts, all of whom were responsible for his greatest tragedies.



* BlandNameProduct: ''Time'' Magazine appears as "Tempo".



* CoolGuns: Paul uses a nickel-plated Police Positive with pearl grips
* CrapsackWorld: New York City and Los Angeles as depicted in these movies.



* FamousLastWords:
** "Just leave her alone!" Joanna Kersey
** "Gimme your money or I'll bust you up!" Thomas Leroy Marston
* FingerGun: Paul Kersey does this at the thugs at end of the movie in a freeze frame shot, signifying that his days as "Mr. Vigilante" are not yet over.



* LetOffByTheDetective: Lt. Ochoa figures out that Paul Kersey is the vigilante who has been killing criminals, but the District Attorney does not want the negative press that would come from prosecuting him. Because they are among the only authorities who know, they tell Paul to just get out of town, and they'll bury the evidence.



* MuggingTheMonster: When Paul Kersey becomes a mysterious vigilante, anybody who approaches him armed will get shot.



* OlderHeroVsYoungerVillain: The entire series, Kersey was always the old man.
* PartTimeHero: Paul maintained his work as an architect up through and including the fourth film. Unusually for a plain clothes adventurer of 1970s and 1980s film, Paul Kersey did in fact maintain a dual identity/alter ego, since the general public did not know that Paul Kersey acted as the vigilante and Kersey continued his work as an architect while acting as a vigilante. In fact, his nightly prowls to find muggers to slay caused him to miss calls from business associates, who civilly asked him about this situation.



* TheQuincyPunk: Like most Cannon Films, the thugs are primarily punks and all punks are thugs.

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* TheQuincyPunk: Like most Cannon Films, CannonFilms, the thugs are primarily punks and all punks are thugs.thugs.
* RapeAndRevenge: Subverted. Kersey goes after criminals in general after his wife and daughter are raped.


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* RevolversAreForAmateurs: Paul Kersey's first gun is a Colt revolver.


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* SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou: Check out Bronson in the posters: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/f0/Death_wish_movie_poster.jpg, http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/4/4c/Death_Wish_II.jpg to, http://www.moviegoods.com/Assets/product_images/1020/248429.1020.A.jpg shoot you!
* SecretIdentity:
** In the novel and its sequel ''Death Sentence'', Paul went to elaborate lengths to maintain his dual identity as the vigilante. He knew quite well that the police would object to his sudden justice. In the second novel, Benjamin buys goggles, a fake mustache, and a fur cap to disguise himself.
** The film series somewhat muddies this, since movie producers often demand that expensive name actors make their face completely visible, since they pay so much for them. However, the makers of the films did not completely ignore that Kersey had a dual identity. In the second film Paul Kersey buys an old pea coat, gloves, longshoreman's cap, and beat up pair of pants while prowling around as a vigilante. He rents a room in a flophouse to do first aid for his injuries. In the fourth film, the LAPD did not know the vigilante's identity. Also in that film, a man blackmails Paul Kersey into a meeting by announcing to him that he knew of his activities as the vigilante and would expose him.


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* VomitDiscretionShot: Paul vomits in the toilet in the bathroom of his apartment room after killing a mugger who attacked him. It's his first ever kill.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Kersey becomes this, killing any thugs who menace others... granted, they have a terminal case of TooDumbToLive going after him, but still.
26th Dec '16 8:50:14 PM ThePest179
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* AttemptedRape: There are some rapists that Paul manages to shoot before they can start anything.

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* AttemptedRape: There are some rapists that Paul manages AdultFear: The thought of your loved ones getting brutally raped and/or murdered when you're not around to shoot before they can start anything.help is a pretty potent fear for most people.
26th Dec '16 8:40:53 PM ThePest179
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* ItGetsEasier: Paul vomits after killing his first criminal, but soon becomes accustomed to it.

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* ItGetsEasier: Paul is not very comfortable fighting criminals early on in the film. At first, he beats up a mugger with a sock filled with quarters, then goes home, taking a drink of whisky to calm his nerves. He also vomits after killing his first criminal, but soon becomes accustomed criminal.
* INeedAFreakingDrink: Paul drinks a couple of time in the film
to it.deal with the stress in his life.



* NewYorkSubway: Two muggers try to rob Paul on the subway. [[ForegoneConclusion They do not survive]].



* PoliceAreUseless: See TheLopsidedArmOfTheLaw above.



* RapeAsDrama: Kersey's daughter was raped and his wife was killed, all for drama and motivation. Also the rape/murder is played for [[GratuitousRape exploitation turn-on]], which makes all of the subsequent action seem more than a bit hypocritical.

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* RapeAsDrama: Kersey's daughter was raped and his wife was killed, all for drama and motivation. Also the rape/murder is played for [[GratuitousRape exploitation turn-on]], which makes all of the subsequent action seem more than a bit hypocritical.


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** Being a vigilante is ''really dangerous''. There are two separate occasions where Paul is seriously injured by the muggers he's fighting, once where he's stabbed, another where he's shot.


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* SinisterSubway: Paul gets mugged in the subway ''twice''.
26th Dec '16 12:05:42 AM ThePest179
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* CrusadingWidower: The entire reason Paul is risking his life by fighting muggers and gangbangers is because they killed his wife and raped his daughter.
16th Dec '16 9:10:18 PM Dravencour
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->''"People like the idea of revenge. You ever hear the expression, 'The best revenge is living well'? It means supposedly the best way to get back at someone is just by being happy and successful in your own life. Sounds nice. Doesn't really work on that Creator/CharlesBronson-kinda level, you know what I mean? Those movies where his whole family just gets wiped out by some street scum. You think you could go up to him, 'Charlie, forget about the .357. What you need is a custom-made suit and a convertible. New carpeting, french doors, a divan! That'll show those punks!'"''

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->''"People like the idea of revenge. You ever hear the expression, 'The best revenge is living well'? It means supposedly the best way to get back at someone is just by being happy and successful in your own life. Sounds nice. Doesn't really work on that Creator/CharlesBronson-kinda level, you know what I mean? Those movies where his whole family just gets wiped out by some street scum. You think you could go up to him, 'Charlie, forget about the .357. What you need is a custom-made suit and a convertible. New carpeting, french French doors, a divan! That'll show those punks!'"''
5th Nov '16 11:52:23 AM ThePest179
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* ItGetsEasier: Paul vomits after killing his first criminal, but soon becomes accustomed to it.



** A decade after the film was released, a real life urban vigilante incident took place in New York; the Bernie Goetz case.
28th Sep '16 9:48:16 AM CumbersomeTercel
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A 1974 action-crime-drama film based on [[Literature/DeathWish the 1972 novel]] by Brian Garfield (who also wrote ''Film/DeathSentence''). The film was directed by Michael Winner and stars Creator/CharlesBronson (the actor, not [[Film/{{Bronson}} the prisoner]]).

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A 1974 action-crime-drama film based on [[Literature/DeathWish the 1972 novel]] by Brian Garfield (who also wrote ''Film/DeathSentence''). The film was directed by Michael Winner Creator/MichaelWinner and stars Creator/CharlesBronson (the actor, not [[Film/{{Bronson}} the prisoner]]).
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