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Death Wish 3
Death Wish 3
Actors: Charles Bronson, Deborah Raffin, Ed Lauter, Martin Balsam, Gavan O'Herlihy
Director: Michael Winner
Genres: Action & Adventure
R     2004     1hr 32min

Paul Kersey doesn't seek out violence. It just seems to find him. But when it does he's not about to back down! Charles Bronson brings out the heavy artillery in this gun-blazing, no-holds-barred thriller! Road-worn and ...  more »


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Actors: Charles Bronson, Deborah Raffin, Ed Lauter, Martin Balsam, Gavan O'Herlihy
Director: Michael Winner
Creators: John Stanier, Michael Winner, Menahem Golan, Michael J. Kagan, Yoram Globus, Brian Garfield, Don Jakoby
Genres: Action & Adventure
Sub-Genres: Charles Bronson
Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 02/03/2004
Original Release Date: 11/01/1985
Theatrical Release Date: 11/01/1985
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 32min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Keith A. (Keefer522)
Reviewed on 8/18/2013...
Charles Bronson (aka the World's Oldest Bad-Ass) returns for a third go round as aging vigilante Paul Kersey, who comes back to New York to visit an old Army buddy and ends up helping the neighborhood battle a particularly vicious street gang who've taken over the area.
The first two "DW" movies were grittier and at least *tried* to stay grounded in something resembling reality; however, "D.W. 3" starts out silly and just gets more cartoonish as it goes along until the 20-minute climax of shootings, explosions and open warfare in the streets vaults the whole thing into utterly ridiculous. Still, it's kind of awesome in a bizarre, cheesy sort of way.
Observant viewers will recognize a pre-"Bill and Ted" Alex Winter as one of the punks, a young Marina ("Counselor Troi") Sirtis as a rape victim, and groove on the jazzy soundtrack by Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page!!
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Movie Reviews

This is meant to be a parody, right?
Chadwick H. Saxelid | Concord, CA United States | 02/19/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I know that Michael Winner got his start making comedies, then turned to making blunt and chilling action movies such as The Stone Killer, The Mechanic and the first Death Wish. However Death Wish 3 is so over the top that I have to wonder if Winner wasn't winking at the audience - and one or two scenes seem to be making some kind of satirical statement about this kind of entertainment catharsis. Paul Kersey returns to New York City to visit an old war buddy, but finds his friend dying from a beating given by the local thugs. Kersey is arrested and, while in the local jail, has a run in with the gang leader, a psychotic named Fraker (played with just the right amount of swagger by Gavan O'Herlihy). The police chief (Ed Lauter) is so frustrated with Fraker's gang running (and ruining) the neighborhood that he releases Kersey and wishes him happy shooting. "You're turning me loose?" Kersey asks. "I'm turning you loose." The cop replies. What follows is a series of action set pieces that build to a riot in a payback hungry world gone mad. As many others have noted, this movie is utterly over the top and quite laughter inducing. I cannot tell if it is truly meant to be a subtle parody of Death Wish/urban warfare movies or if it is so stupid that it just plays that way. Did Michael Winner not do his job, or did he do it too well? Watch, enjoy, and decide for yourself. Highly recommended and an essential for both Bronson and/or bad movie fans everywhere."
A. Tsoutsos | Athens, Greece | 01/08/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)

"... for messing up such a great movie! Movies like this one need special treatment. Putting this out in fullscreen is like giving it no attention at all. It's a shame because today even ultra-low budget films are being properly remastered for DVD releases. It seems that MGM does not realise at all the cult status of this movie- I mean there are countless people out there who have been waiting for a decent release of this movie. I don't consider this an upgrade to my old, fullscreen VHS so I won't be buying it.

As for the movie itself... no words could possibly describe it. It just reaches perfection."
Violent. Violent. Violent. And Funny.
Adam Cohen | New York | 10/14/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"DEATH WISH 3 is, for its time, an extremely violent movie. Paul Kersey (Charles Bronson) is a seemingly placid soul who goes about killing several hundred thugs and crooks in 1980's NYC. The "plot" finds Kersey returning to NYC where he visits an old war buddy, whom Kersey finds dying on his apartment floor, a victim of intruding gangs. Having lost his friend, Kersey decides to move into his buddy's old apartment and take up a war against the gangs overrunning the neighborhood. I wouldn't even say this is a tale of revenge, because you never get the sense that Kersey gives a damn about his friend's death. It's basically an invitation to kill, something Kersey accepts when a police commissioner asks for "help" in thinning out the criminal herds.

Kersey, a character born from the "silent majority" of the Nixon Era, has no character arc, no narrative, no place to go where he will eventually find peace. This movie is a showcase for violence-- funny, absurd, over-the-top violence. Whether on purpose or not, there are several classic moments that make this movie worthwhile. And Bronson's deadpan delivery makes his sparse dialogue memorable. This is crude, terrible filmmaking that I greatly enjoyed to the very end."