Bronson: "What do we do next?"
Winner: "The best script I've got is Death Wish. It's about a man whose wife and daughter are mugged and he goes out and shoots muggers."
Bronson: "I'd like to do that."
Winner "The film?"
Bronson: "No... shoot muggers."
— The discussion between Charles Bronson and Michael Winner while they were thinking about their next project together.
Paul Kersey: Nothing to do but cut and run, huh? What else? What about the old American social custom of self-defense? If the police don't defend us, maybe we ought to do it ourselves.
Jack Toby: We're not pioneers anymore, Dad.
Paul Kersey: What are we, Jack?
Jack Toby: What do you mean?
Paul Kersey: I mean, if we're not pioneers, what have we become? What do you call people who, when they're faced with a condition of fear, do nothing about it, they just run and hide?
Jack Toby: Civilized?
Paul Kersey: No.
— From the first Death Wish movie.