History Film / Deathwish

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.
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.
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