Black SplatDeath Wish (1974)

"Goddamn, rich cunt! I KILL RICH CUNTS!"

Death Wish - Punk attacks Joanna Kersey

Description: Jeff Goldblum as a vicious street punk abuses Joanna Kersey (Hope Lange) in the motion picture Death Wish II (1982).

Joanna Kersey is the wife of Manhattan architect Paul Kersey (Charles Bronson). One day, while Paul is a away on business three drug-crazed punks follow Joanna and her married daughter, Carol Anne Toby (Kathleen Tolan) from the market to their apartment at 33 Riverside Apt. 4A.

Posing as the market delivery boy, the thugs gain access to the apartment as one of the creeps savagely beats Joanna, and shouts "Goddamn rich cunt! I KILL RICH CUNTS! The punks then proceed to rape Joanna and her daughter. Joanna dies in the hospital but the rape trauma sends Kersey's now catatonic daughter to a mental institution.

To escape his personal tragedy, husband Paul Kersey takes an job in Tucson, Arizona to layout a desert community for Ames Jainchill (Stuart Margolin), a land developer. During his visit, Paul witnesses an Old West reenactment of a gunfight and reveals that he was a conscientious object who served as a medic in the Korean War. He also reveals that his father taught him to use a gun, but he stopped when his father was killed in a hunting accident.

Candidly speaking to Paul, Ames says, "You're probably one of them knee-jerk liberals that thinks us gun boys would shoot our guns because it's an extension of our penises." Paul replies, "Never thought about it that way. It could be true. Ames counters, " Well, maybe it is. But this is gun country."

After Paul finishes his assignment, a grateful Ames gives Paul a nickel-plated .32 Colt Police Positive revolver as a present on his returns to New York City. When Paul learns that the police are unable to find the men who hurt his family, Paul uses the gun he recieved from his friend and begins to stalk the streets as a vigilante. He is no longer a peaceful, bleeding heart liberal, but rather, any bleeding to be done will be done by the criminals that he shoots down. From now on he will be the judge, jury...and the executioner.

Death Wish - Paul Kersey with gun

Paul Kersey: Nothing to do but cut and run, huh? What else? What about the old American social custom of self-defense? If the police don't defense us, maybe we ought to do it ourselves.
Jack Toby: We're not pioneers anymore, Dad.
Paul Kersey: What are we, Jack?
Jack Toby: What do you mean?
Paul Kersey: I mean, if we're not pioneers, what have we become? What do you call people who, when they're faced with a condition or fear, do nothing about it, they just run and hide?
Jack Toby: Civilized?
Paul Kersey: No.

As Paul walks through Central Park, a agitated man demands money. Instead of money, Paul gives the man a bullet to the gut. When Paul sees a man being beaten in an alley, he approaches the thugs and shoots all three of them. On the subway, he shoots and kills two men who pull a knife on him as they attempt to rob him.

Death Wish - Mugger with knife

While having in coffee in a cafe, Paul purposely exposes a large wad of bills as he pays for his food and leaves the place, hoping that someone will follow. Two men do and Paul kills then both, but gets stabbed in the bargain. And finally, during another stroll through the park, Paul is surrounded by three muggers.. He shoots two of them and chases the third, but before he can kill the man, he faints after losing blood from a leg wound received from the bullet fired by one of the hoodlums.

While recovering in the hospital, NYPD Lt. Frank Ochoa (Vincent Gardenia) on orders from District Attorney (Fred J. Scollay) offers Paul a deal to leave town, in exchange for not being arrested and prosecuted for multiple murders.

Ochoa knows that Paul's killing spree has dropped crime dramatically because the hoodlums are fearful of running across the well-publicized urban vigilante. Paul agrees and moves to Chicago, but his killing streak does not end there and he continues to issue justice to anyone who proves themselves unworthy.

Note: Charles Bronson continues his role as Paul Kersey in series of successful sequels.

Death Wish 2 - Paul Kersey

Death Wish II (1985) - After a stint in Chicago, Paul decides to move to Los Angeles with his still traumatized daughter. While at a carnival, a bunch of punks mug Paul but he fights back and the punks run away. Resentful, the leader of gang wants pay back and goes to Paul's home, but not finding Paul, they rape and kill his maid, Rosario (Silvana Gallardo).

As Paul returns home accompanied by his daughter, the gang knocks Paul unconscious and kidnap and rape his daughter when they return to their hideout. After the gang brutilizes her, Carol, who has yet to recovered from her first rape, runs hysterically though a window to escape and falls to her death, impaling her body across the spikes of an iron fence.

Of course, Paul is enraged and forsakes everything to get his revenge. Renting a room in a cheap downtown hotel as his base of operations, Paul searches for the men who killed his daughter, hoping to serve up his own special brand of justice.

Paul finds Stomper (Kevyn Major Howard), the first of the five muggers in an abandoned hotel in the middle of a drug deal. With gun in hand, Paul chases away those in attendance and confronts Stomper for the murder of his daughter. Seeing a crucifix around his neck, Paul asks, “Do you believe in Jesus?” The thug answers, “Yes, I do.” And Kersey concludes, “Well you’re gonna meet him” and shoots the punk dead.

Paul continues on his quest to find the other murderers while the City of Los Angeles suspects they have a vigilante on their hands. When New York City believes Kersey is up to his old tricks, they send Det. Ochoa out West to investigate and stop Kersey before anyone can learn that New York City made a deal with Paul so he would leave the Big Apple.

But Ochoa is killed in a gunfight at a botched drug deal while protecting Paul from the criminals, and so Paul is free to continue his spree of vigilantism. Paul successfully wastes the remaining muggers, including Jiver (Stuart K. Robinson), Cutter (Laurence Fishburne), and Punkcut (E. Lamont Johnson). But Nirvana, aka Charles Wilson (Thomas F. Duffy) is arrested and placed in a mental ward at McLarren State Hospital.

Undeterred, Paul uses an altered doctor's ID badge to enter the facility where he finds Wilson who fights back by stabbing Paul with a scaple. But Paul gets the upper hand when Wilson accidentally punches a machine and gets electrocuted. When an orderly named Don Kay (Charles Cyphers) arrives on the scene and sees Wilson's dead body, Paul says, "He raped and killed my daughter." The orderly replies, "I read about that. I'll give you three minutes before I sound the alarm...You're wasting time."

Death Wish 3 - Paul Kersey with gun

Death Wish III (1985) - Paul Kersey returns to New York City to visit, Charley (Francis Drake), a buddy from the Korean War but when Paula arrives he finds Charley badly beaten by a group of local thugs.

When the police show up Paul is arrested for the crime, but police chief Richard Shriker (Ed Lauter) recognizes Paul as the the city's former vigilante and cuts him a deal. Paul can kill all the gang members he wants, but he must keep the police in the loop.

With Charley dead, Paul gladly agrees and sets up shop in his friend's apartment and prepares for a showdown with a freak named Fraker (Gavan O'Herlihy) and the gang terrorizing the neighborhood.

In a climatic conclusion, Paul fires a rocket launcher and fries Fraker's ass, at which time Shriker allows Paul to escape before the police arrive to clean up the remaining gang members.

Death Wish 4 - Paul Kersey

Death Wish IV: The Crackdown (1987) - Paul Kersey is back in Los Angles and dating reporter Karen Sheldon (Kay Lenz) who has a teenage daughter named Erica (Dana Barren).

When Erica dies from an overdose, her boyfriend Randy (Jesse Dobson) threatens to call the police on a drug supplier named Jojo , so he kills Randy and Paul kills Jojo via electrocution on an arcade bumper car ride.

Later, a blackmailing publisher Nathan White (John P. Ryan) who knows Paul killed Jojo, vents his frustrations over drug dealers (his daughter died from drugs), by saying "Anyone connected with drugs deserves to die!”

Of course, Paul Kersey can relate to the father's rage and with weapons supplied by the vengeful father, Paul takes on rival drug dealers Ed Zacharias (Perry Lopez) and Jack Romero (Mike Moroff). As Paul proceeds to kill off a bevy of drug dealers, he runs across one hoodlum who asks, "Who the fuck are you?" Paul replies, "Death!"

In the end, Paul learns that Nathan White was a cover name for another drug dealer who wanted to get rid of his competition. Paul tracks the imposter down and blows him up with a grenade.

When LAPD Detective Reiner (George Dickerson), who has been tracking Paul's activities, arrives on the scene he finds Paul wounded, but instead of arresting him, he lets Paul go because Kersey helped uncover corruption in his department, namely, Reiner's deceased partner Detective Phil Nozaki (Soon-Tek Oh) whom Paul shot.

Death Wish 5 - Paul Kersey

Death Wish V: The Face of Death (1994) - Paul Kersey is living in New York City as "Paul Stewart," per an arrangement with the Witness Protection Program. He is now engaged to fashion designer Olivia Regent (Lesley-Anne Down), the ex-wife of mobster Tommy O'Shea (Michael Parks).

After Tommy has Olivia killed because she wanted to testify against him, Paul goes on the defensive to protect her daughter Chelsea Regent (Erica Fairfield) and bring Tommy down.

D.A. Tony Hoyle (Saul Rubinek) advises, "Let the law take these guys down. You know, sometimes the law works. But Paul counters, "And Sometimes it doesn't! These people, they steal, they murder, they destroy people's lives and they get away with it! They have alibis, money, lawyers, power. They have everything."

Enraged Paul becomes a vigilante and mows down all of the goons sent against him. He kills Chickie Paconi (Kevin Lund) at an Italian restaurant by poisoning his cannelloni with cyanide. Next up a bomb. "Hey, Freddie! (Robert Joy) I'm gonna cure your dandruff problem for you!' [Boom! Paul detonates a bomb]. Paul continues to lay waste to criminals until he finally corners Tommy O'Shea, who shouts "Whatever you want. Whatever you need." Paul replies "I don't need anything. But YOU. You need a bath!" Paul drops Tommy into a vat of hot liquid plastic." In the last scene, Paul says, "Hey Lieutenant (Kevin Welsh), if you need any help, give me a call." before reuniting with Olivia's daughter Chelsea.

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