Michael Winner was over-indulged, but he was a pioneer of sorts

Peter Bradshaw looks back at the uneven and often controversial career of Michael Winner, who has died aged 77

'You don't look so bad – here's another!" With these reported words in 1984, the once notorious "subway vigilante" Bernhard Goetz put another bullet into a mugger he'd shot on a New York subway train. It was a sensational incident which briefly rewakened the gun debate in the Us, but for Goetz resulted only in an illegal firearm conviction: a jury found him not guilty of attempted murder and assault. There was no doubt which movie was foremost in the minds of both press and public: the rape-revenge picture Death Wish, made 10 years before by the smart and workmanlike British director Michael Winner.

Goetz had sensationally made Winner's fantasy a reality. The film spawned a number of sequels, the second of which, Death Wish 3 in 1985, was explicitly inspired by Goetz. In the original,
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