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Death Wish II (1982)

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Architect Paul Kersey once again becomes a vigilante when he tries to find the five street punks who murdered his daughter and housekeeper, this time on the dark streets of Los Angeles.

Director:

Michael Winner

Writers:

David Engelbach, Brian Garfield (characters)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Bronson ... Paul Kersey
Jill Ireland ... Geri Nichols
Vincent Gardenia ... Det. Frank Ochoa
J.D. Cannon ... New York D.A.
Anthony Franciosa ... Herman Baldwin
Ben Frank ... Inspector Lt. Mankiewicz
Robin Sherwood ... Carol Kersey
Silvana Gallardo Silvana Gallardo ... Rosario
Robert F. Lyons ... Fred McKenzie
Michael Prince Michael Prince ... Elliott Cass
Drew Snyder ... Deputy Comm. Hawkins
Paul Lambert ... New York Police Comm.
Thomas F. Duffy ... Nirvana (as Thomas Duffy)
Kevyn Major Howard ... Stomper
Stuart K. Robinson Stuart K. Robinson ... Jiver
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Storyline

Paul Kersey, the vigilante, now lives in LA with his daughter, who is still recovering from her attack. He also has a new woman in his life. One day while with them, Kersey is mugged by some punks, Kersey fights back, but they get away. The leader, wanting to get back at Kersey, goes to his house, but Kersey and his daughter Carol are not there. The muggers rape his housekeeper, and when Kersey and his daughter arrive, they knock him out and kidnap her. After they assault her, she leaps out of a window to her death. Kersey then grabs his gun and goes after them. When the LA authorities, deduce they have a vigilante, they decide to consult with New York, who had their vigilante problem. Now the New York officials, knowing that Kersey lives in LA, fears that he's back to his old habit. Fearing that Kersey, when caught will reveal that they let him go instead of prosecuting him send Inspector Ochoa to make sure that doesn't happen. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

He wants the filth off the streets. If the police can't do it... He will - his way! See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 February 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Death Wish 2 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,871,487, 7 March 1982, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$16,100,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$45,000,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Michael Winner tried to keep the mood on the set lighthearted. "Just because a film is terrifying, that doesn't mean the people making it have to be grim," he said. See more »

Goofs

When Paul Kersey forges a doctor's ID, he drives passed the security checkpoint, to the hospital where Charles Wilson "Nirvana" is held, where we clearly see a STOP sign and a guard, but Paul Kersey doesn't stop and the guard pretends not to notice this obvious security breach. The hospital that holds violent criminals cannot let any car through without authorization. After an ID theft of a staff doctor, the guard would surely have this doctor's name on his list. So even with a fake ID, in real world, Paul would never had been able to access even the hospital parking lot, let alone the guarded building. See more »

Quotes

Jiver: Don't worry
[grabbing his pants to male tourist]
Jiver: I'll be good.
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Alternate Versions

DVD releases after September 11, 2001 eliminate the NYC montage featuring the World Trade Center. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Escale à Nanarland: Le Justicier de New York (2013) See more »

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User Reviews

 
Lady, you scream and disturb the neighbors, we'll cut you into little pieces and eat you for dinner!

Well, we don't get the great Herbie Hancock score of the first movie, but we do get Jill Ireland, Mrs. Bronson, in one of her last films, directed as Death Wish I and III, by Michael Winner.

We also get what I feel is the biggest collection of scumbags ever assembled. Thomas F. Duffy as Nirvana, Kevyn Major Howard as Stomper, Stuart K. Robinson as Jiver, Laurence Fishburne as Cutter, and E. Lamont Johnson as Punkut. It was fitting that the first kill occurred in a rat- infested building, and the last was an electrocution.

Vincent Gardenia is back to track down Kersey after he starts again in Los Angeles.

Unlike the serious and tragic first film, this is more focused and revenge-oriented. A good film, nonetheless.


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