History Trivia / DeathWish

16th Jul '17 2:48:15 PM ClintEastwood
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* ItWillNeverCatchOn: Development of this film was turned-down by other Hollywood movie studios due to its contentious, controversial and sensitive subject matter involving vigilantism, pack-rape, and crime.



** The role of Paul Kersey was originally meant for Creator/SteveMcQueen, who turned it down.

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** The role of Paul Kersey was originally meant for Creator/SteveMcQueen, Creator/SteveMcQueenActor, who turned it down.
7th Jun '17 12:17:53 PM TheTrailblazerCritic
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* CreatorBacklash: Brian Garfield, the author of the original novel, sued the filmmakers for twisting the source material (ironically, the point of Garfield's novel was that vigilante tactics ''weren't'' the solution). You can probably guess from the four subsequent sequels that he lost

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* CreatorBacklash: Brian Garfield, the author of the original novel, sued the filmmakers for twisting the source material (ironically, the point of Garfield's novel was that vigilante tactics ''weren't'' the solution). You can probably guess from the four subsequent sequels that he lostlost.
* CreatorKiller: The fifth film may have been this for 21st Century Film Corporation, killing all plans for a sixth film in the series.
* FranchiseKiller: While most will probably argue it had no business becoming a franchise, it seems that the fifth film was finally the killing blow for the series, failing to break even and then seeing the subsequent departure of Bronson and the studio falling into bankruptcy.
7th Jun '17 12:11:53 PM TheTrailblazerCritic
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* BoxOfficeBomb: Averted with the first and second films, but played straight with the three later sequels, each performing worse than the last as the series dragged out.
25th Jan '17 8:10:59 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* CompletleyDifferentTitle: In Spain, the film was released as ''El Vengador Anonimo'' (The Anonymous Avenger).

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* CompletleyDifferentTitle: CompletelyDifferentTitle: In Spain, the film was released as ''El Vengador Anonimo'' (The Anonymous Avenger).
25th Jan '17 8:10:13 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* CompletleyDiferentTitle: In Spain, the film was released as ''El Vengador Anonimo'' (The Anonymous Avenger).

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* CompletleyDiferentTitle: CompletleyDifferentTitle: In Spain, the film was released as ''El Vengador Anonimo'' (The Anonymous Avenger).
25th Jan '17 8:09:58 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* CompletelyDiferentTitle: In Spain, the film was released as ''El Vengador Anonimo'' (The Anonymous Avenger).

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* CompletelyDiferentTitle: CompletleyDiferentTitle: In Spain, the film was released as ''El Vengador Anonimo'' (The Anonymous Avenger).
25th Jan '17 8:08:51 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* CreatorBacklash: Brian Garfield, the author of the original novel, sued the filmmakers for twisting the source material (ironically, the point of Garfield's novel was that vigilante tactics ''weren't'' the solution). You can probably guess from the four subsequent sequels that he lost.

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* CompletelyDiferentTitle: In Spain, the film was released as ''El Vengador Anonimo'' (The Anonymous Avenger).
* CreatorBacklash: Brian Garfield, the author of the original novel, sued the filmmakers for twisting the source material (ironically, the point of Garfield's novel was that vigilante tactics ''weren't'' the solution). You can probably guess from the four subsequent sequels that he lost.lost
26th Sep '16 5:33:48 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* RetroactiveRecognition: Creator/JeffGoldblum makes his film debut as Freak #1.
** Creator/ChristopherGuest plays Patrolman Jackson Reilly.



** Creator/BurtLancaster, Creator/GeorgeCScott and Creator/FrankSinatra were offered the role of Paul Kersey, but backed out.

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** Creator/BurtLancaster, Creator/GeorgeCScott and Creator/FrankSinatra Music/FrankSinatra were offered the role of Paul Kersey, but backed out.
6th Aug '16 1:02:03 PM CumbersomeTercel
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** After the success of ''Film/DirtyHarry'', Creator/ClintEastwood'' was offered the role of Paul Kersey but declined, feeling he would be poorly cast. He also thought that Creator/GregoryPeck would have been right for the part.

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** After the success of ''Film/DirtyHarry'', Creator/ClintEastwood'' Creator/ClintEastwood was offered the role of Paul Kersey but declined, feeling he would be poorly cast. He also thought that Creator/GregoryPeck would have been right for the part.
6th Aug '16 1:01:28 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* WorkingTitle: Dino De Laurentiis and Paramount originally wanted to call the film ''The Sidewalk Vigilante'' because they thought a movie with "Death" in the title was a deterrent and would put audiences off.



** After the success of ''Film/DirtyHarry'', Creator/ClintEastwood'' was offered the role of Paul Kersey but declined, feeling he would be poorly cast. He also thought that Creator/GregoryPeck would have been right for the part.

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** After the success of ''Film/DirtyHarry'', Creator/ClintEastwood'' was offered the role of Paul Kersey but declined, feeling he would be poorly cast. He also thought that Creator/GregoryPeck would have been right for the part.part.
* WorkingTitle: Dino De Laurentiis and Paramount originally wanted to call the film ''The Sidewalk Vigilante'' because they thought a movie with "Death" in the title was a deterrent and would put audiences off.
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