R | | Action, Crime, Drama
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.
Various contemporary sources confirmed that principal photography began May 4, 1981 in Los Angeles, CA, but an article reported that Michael Winner filmed various shots on the streets of downtown Los Angeles prior to the official start date. The schedule to film the eighty-seven-page script was expected to last eight weeks, extending between the hours of midnight and 4:00 A.M. Bronson ignored the eight-hour day limitations in his contract, working ten to twelve hours "to help complete the movie on time." Winner exploded a Cadillac over the edge of a cliff in San Pedro, California, on the final day of filming, although the scene does not appear onscreen.
Inspector Lt. Mankiewicz:
Let me get this straight... you and your wife were attacked by four muggers and then all of a sudden this guy comes out from nowhere and begins shooting, killing these two here... and you don't know what he looks like?
Tourist: He saved our lives, dammit! ...
After Jiver attacks the housekeeper, Nirvana (Charles Wilson) orders Stomper to take the housekeeper into the bedroom but calls Stomper "Nirvana".
The original UK cinema and video versions were extensively cut by BBFC head James Ferman (to the fury of Michael Winner). 3 minutes 42 seconds were removed from the rape of Rosario the housemaid and a minor edit was made to the rape of Carol by Cutter. Although 19 secs of cuts were reinstated for the 2005 video release (the R-rated US release was submitted) the film was then cut again in 2006, losing a further 27 seconds of 'sexual and sexualized violence'.
$1,871,487 (USA) (7 March 1982)