Death Wish

Death Wish

Michael Winner (1974)

X Certificate


Our Score
This is the highly controversial sleaze epic that finally made Charles Bronson a star in America, and set a regrettable trend for trashy and ultra-violent vigilante thrillers. Bronson mechanically plays liberal architect Paul Kersey, who takes matters into his own hands after his wife is killed and his daughter is raped by a Manhattan gang (led by Jeff Goldblum in his film debut). Director Michael Winner's blood-lusting shocker is as intense and upsetting as it is morally reprehensible, and was very infuential in its day, but spawned a series of dismal sequels.


A family man takes the law into his own hands when his wife is murdered and his daughter is left psychologically traumatised by thugs. Setting out on a one-man crusade to rid the streets of crime, he becomes a hero to the people - and a thorn in the side of the authorities. Vigilante thriller, starring Charles Bronson, Hope Lange and Vincent Gardenia.

Cast & Crew

Paul Kersey Charles Bronson
Joanna Kersey Hope Lange
Frank Ochoa Vincent Gardenia
Jack Toby Steven Keats
Sam Kreutzer William Redfield
Aimes Jainchill Stuart Margolin
Police Commissioner Stephen Elliott (1)
Carol Toby Kathleen Tolan
Hank Jack Wallace
District Attorney Fred J Scollay
Joe Charles Robert Kya-Hill
Mugger Jeff Goldblum
Mugger Christopher Logan
Spraycan Gregory Rozakis
Patrolman Reilly Christopher Guest
Director Michael Winner
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: C.I.C. (UK)Guidance: Contains violence, swearing and nudity. Available on: video and DVD