R | | Action, Drama, Thriller
A professional killer comes out of retirement to investigate and avenge the brutal murder of an old friend.
The character that Charles Bronson plays in this movie is a variation on his vigilante screen persona derived from his Death Wish (1974) movie success. Taglines for this film's movie poster's read: "In the execution of justice there is no executioner like BRONSON" and "Most criminals answer to the law. The world's most savage executioner must answer to Bronson."
What are you going to do?
Holland: I'm gonna rattle his cage. And when he sticks his neck out, I'll nail him.
When Holland kicks the man (with a hose tied around him) out the window, you can clearly see the mat he falls on.
Writers R. Lance Hill and David Lee Henry are the same person. Hill was given the chance to adapt his own novel but used the pseudonym David Lee Henry. His work on the script was eventually written out by John Crowther, though the pseudonym of Henry still received a credit.
The original UK cinema version was cut by 52 secs by the BBFC with a further 10 secs being cut from the video release. The electricity torture scene was very heavily edited and the film also suffered cuts from the opening fight in the bar and assorted gunshot wounds. All BBFC cuts were restored in the 2007 Network DVD release, though the print used is the U.S R-rated version and missing brief blood spurts from the shooting of Briggs and Randolph's gory death.
$4,538,400 23 September 1984