R | | Action, Crime, Drama
Architect/vigilante Paul Kersey arrives back in New York City and is forcibly recruited by a crooked police chief to fight street crime caused by a large gang terrorizing the neighborhoods.
Death Hunt (1981) and "Messenger of Death" (aka "Avenging Angels") [See: Messenger of Death (1988)] are the only cinema movies starring Charles Bronson outside his five film "Death Wish" film franchise to have the word "Death" in the title. However, Bronson did star in a television episode of The Untouchables (1959) entitled "The Death Tree" [See: The Untouchables: The Death Tree (1962)].
What's the car for?
Paul Kersey: Bait.
Charles Bronson is shown mail ordering his gun and an M72 LAW. Direct mail order firearms has been illegal in the United States since 1968.
A shot during the end credits shows police cars and an ambulance and fire truck screaming down a street towards the epicenter of the riots.
The syndicated network TV version has at least one alternate take: During the gang rape of Maria in the gang's headquarters, the WPIX TV version shows her screaming with her arms crossed in front of her chest, while the theatrical version shows her screaming with a clear shot of her bare breasts. The TV footage is extremely grainy and badly spliced into the film.
$5,319,116 3 November 1985