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Death Wish

HD   R Closed Captioning

Michael Winner

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About the Movie

In this explosive story of revenge and urban violence, Charles Bronson plays Paul Kersey, a bleeding-heart liberal who has a change of opinion after his wife and daughter are violently attacked by a gang of thugs in their apartment. His daughter is sexually assaulted and his wife is murdered. Bronson then turns vigilante as he stalks the mean streets of New York on the prowl for muggers, hoodlums and the like. Death Wish is a violent, controversial film that is frank and original in its treatment of urban crime and the average citizen's helplessness in dealing with it. Herbie Hancock wrote the musical score. And watch for a young Jeff Goldblum in his film debut as one of the thugs.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 24
  • Fresh: 16
  • Rotten: 8
  • Average Rating: 5.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: It's a despicable movie, one that raises complex questions in order to offer bigoted, frivolous, oversimplified answers. – Vincent Canby, New York Times, Apr 17, 2009

Fresh: The movie has an eerie kind of fascination, even though its message is scary. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jul 7, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Bronson's character faces reality, in a cool way!

Love this movie, and definitely recommend it to anyone looking for some armchair payback. Please iTunes, get the rest of the series up!!


The first of the Death Wishes deserves viewing. There is presented a moral conundrum almost like The Star Chamber. You tend to cheer Bronson on after the horrific attack on his family, cheer with a nervous guilty edge

Great Movie!

Shows what might be possible if concealed carry was legalized for law-abiding citizens everywhere. When can we buy Death Wish 3 on iTunes?