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.

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9 September 2013 | AaronCapenBanner
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| Controversial Sequel.
Charles Bronson reunites with director Michael Winner in this highly controversial sequel that sees poor Paul Kersey in L.A, and once again the target of degenerate muggers/gangsters, who viciously attack his housekeeper and daughter Carol(again!) leading to their deaths. Enraged, Paul Kersey returns to his vigilante ways, bringing on the attentions of New York cop Frank O'Choa(Vincent Gardenia again) who is sent to stop Kersey, but ends up helping him instead...Jill Ireland plays his new girlfriend.

Sequel pulls no punches in the violence and assaults(too much so I would agree, difficult to watch) yet otherwise delivers the expected vigilante retribution in effective and stylish fashion, depicting the stark nature of the streets memorably. Rarely will a film deliver to its core audience exactly what it wants(Bronson killing criminals with no remorse or soul-searching.) Powerfully presented crowd-pleaser is not as well made as the first,(some of the dialogue is wooden) but remains a guilty pleasure for those who want to see satisfying vigilante drama with their favorite actor delivering it without mercy. The ending is marvelous, and a perfect coda for the mission/fate of Paul Kersey.

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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.


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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! ...


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After Jiver attacks the housekeeper, Nirvana (Charles Wilson) orders Stomper to take the housekeeper into the bedroom but calls Stomper "Nirvana".


Alternate Versions

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'.

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