Taglines: He’s back to New York bringing justice to the streets…
Paul Kersey (Charles Bronson) has come back to New York City after being banned since the events of the first film to visit his Korean War buddy Charley (Francis Drake), who is attacked by a gang in his East New York apartment. The neighbors hear the commotion and call the police. Paul arrives and Charley collapses dead in his arms. The police arrest Paul for the murder.
At the police station, Inspector Richard Shriker (Ed Lauter) recognizes Paul as “Mr. Vigilante”. Shriker lays down the law before Paul is taken to a holding cell. In the same cell is Manny Fraker (Gavan O’Herlihy), leader of the gang who killed Charley. He and Paul fight. When he is released, Manny threatens Paul. The police receive daily reports about the increased rate of crime. Shriker offers a deal to Paul: he can kill all the punks he wants, as long as he informs Shriker of any gang activity he hears about so the police can get a bust and make news.
Paul moves into Charley’s apartment in a gang-turf war zone. The building is populated by elderly tenants terrified of Manny’s gang. They include Bennett Cross (Martin Balsam), a World War II veteran and Charley’s buddy; Mr. and Mrs. Kaprov, an elderly Jewish couple; and a young Hispanic couple, Rodriguez (Joseph Gonzalez) and his wife Maria (Marina Sirtis).
After a few violent muggings, Paul buys a used car as bait. When two gang members try to break into the car, Paul shoots them with a Colt Cobra. Paul twice protects Maria from the gang, but is unable to save her a third time. She is assaulted and raped, later dying in hospital from her injuries.
Death Wish 3 is a 1985 American action film starring Charles Bronson as vigilante killer Paul Kersey and is the third film in the Death Wish film series. It was written by Don Jakoby (under the pseudonym Michael Edmonds). This is the last Death Wish film to be directed by Michael Winner, and the last collaboration between Winner and Charles Bronson.
Despite being set in New York City, some of the filming was shot in London to reduce production costs. The film sees Kersey do battle with New York street punk gangs while receiving tacit support from a local NYPD lieutenant (played by Ed Lauter).
Death Wish 3 (1985)
Directed by: Michael Winner
Starring: Charles Bronson, Deborah Raffin, Ed Lauter, Martin Balsam, Gavan O’Herlihy, Kirk Taylor, Alex Winter, Tony Spiridakis
Screenplay by: Don Jakoby
Production Design by: Peter Mullins
Cinematography by: John Stanier
Film Editing by: Michael Winner
Set Decoration by: Gretchen Rau, Robin Tarsnane
Art Direction by: David Minty
Music by: Jimmy Page
Distributed by: Cannon Film Distributors
Release Date: November 1, 1985