Trivia / Death Wish

  • Creator Backlash: 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.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: The movie has Jeff Goldblum in his screen debut playing one of the criminals who attack Kersey's wife and daughter. Denzel Washington and Sonia Manzano (Sesame Street's Maria) also have tiny bit parts; as a mugger and a grocery clerk respectively. Christopher Guest also appears as a patrolman.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Frank Sinatra, Clint Eastwood and Steve McQueen turned down the role of Paul Kersey.
    • There were plans for a sixth film with the subtitle The New Vigilante.
    • There were plans to bring back Kersey's girlfriend from the second film for a cameo in the third or fourth—to be killed off, of course.