Cult Movies

Cult Movie Essentials: Death Wish (1974)

Death Wish is a 1974 American action film. Upon its release it raised controversy due its support of vigilantism and advocating unlimited punishment of criminals, differing from the novel it was based on, Death Wish by Brian Garfield (1972), which denounced vigilantism.

As always there is no such thing as bad publicity and the film was a commercial success and resonated with the public in the United States, which was facing increasing crime rates during the 1970.

The film was directed by Michael Winner and stars Charles Bronson as architect Paul Kersey, a man who becomes a vigilante after his wife Joanna (Hope Lang) is murdered and his daughter Carol (Kathleen Tolan) is sexually assaulted during a home invasion by three thugs who follow them home.

After the funeral and his daughter being committed to a mental hospital for treatment Paul finds himself given a gun as a gift and soon takes it for a walk. This then leads to a pathway the vigilante, which includes confrontations with a young Jeff Goldblum and a young Denzel Washington. Also keep your eyes peeled for a young Christopher Guest as Patrolman Reilly, Sesame Street’s Sonia Manzano, and Grandpa Munster himself Al Lewis as a guard in the hotel lobby!

 

 

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