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Death Wish (1974)

Succeeded by: Death Wish II (1982)

Director:
Michael Winner
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Crime/Drama
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Death Wish
RUNNING TIME
93 minutes
Producer:
Hal Landers
Bobby Roberts
Screenwriter (based on the book by Brian Garfield):
Wendell Mayes


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Paul Kersey Charles Bronson
Joanna Kersey Hope Lange
Frank Ochoa Vincent Gardenia
Carol Toby Kathleen Tolan
Jack Toby Steven Keats
Sam Kreutzer William Redfield
Ames Jainchill Stuart Margolin
Freak #1 Jeff Goldblum
Jackson Reilly Christopher Guest
Cop at the precint Olympia Dukakis

 

Review

This right wing propaganda turns out to be every bit as slimy and ill-focused as one could fear. While the film's prime focus should have been to show the dangers and tragedies of a society in which crime has speared out of control, director Michael Winner instead gets hung up with Charles Bronson's inane, emotionless character and his vigilante killing spree. Yes, he is probably frustrated and desperate, but there is nothing in Bronson's world-record underacting to back this up. And when the filmmakers start relishing (almost idolizing) their narrative and protagonist, the film is in serious trouble. The jazzy score by Herbie Hancock, some crisp cinematography, and Jeff Goldblum's scene-stealing debut appearance are what stand out.

 
Copyright 4.9.2009 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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