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Death Wish V: The Face of Death (1994)

Paul Kersey is back at working vigilante justice when his fiancée, Olivia, has her business threatened by mobsters.

Director:

Allan A. Goldstein

Writers:

Brian Garfield (characters), Michael Colleary (story) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Bronson ... Paul Kersey
Lesley-Anne Down ... Olivia Regent
Michael Parks ... Tommy O'Shea
Chuck Shamata ... Sal Paconi
Kevin Lund Kevin Lund ... Chuck Paconi
Robert Joy ... Freddie 'Flakes'
Saul Rubinek ... Brian Hoyle
Miguel Sandoval ... Hector Vasquez
Kenneth Welsh ... Lt. Mickey King
Lisa Inouye ... Janice Omori
Erica Fairfield Erica Fairfield ... Chelsea Regent (as Erica Lancaster)
Jefferson Mappin ... Big Al
Michael Dunston Michael Dunston ... Reg
Claire Rankin ... Maxine
Sharolyn Sparrow Sharolyn Sparrow ... Dawn
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Storyline

New York's garment district has turns into Dodge City when mobster Tommy O'Shea muscles in on the fashion trade of his ex-wife Olivia Regent. Olivia is engaged to Paul Kersey, who provides a sense of security for herself and her daughter Chelsea. Olivia isn't impressed when Tommy tortures her manager, Big Al, so Tommy hires an enforcer named Freddie Flakes, who is a master of disguise. Freddie dons women's clothing to follow Olivia into a ladies' room, where he smashes her face into a mirror, causing permanent disfigurement. In the offices of D.A. Tony Hoyle and his associate Hector Vasquez, Paul and Olivia vow to see to it that Tommy is prosecuted. Later, Freddie and two of his men disguise themselves as cops, infiltrate Olivia's apartment, and shoot Olivia dead. Now Kersey is ready to take things into his own hands. Kersey follows Tommy's thug Chickie Paconi to the Paconi family bistro, where Kersey kills Chickie by lacing his cannelloni with cyanide. Next, Paul tricks Freddie out ... Written by Todd Baldridge

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

No judge. No jury. No appeals. No deals. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, and for nudity and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 January 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Death Wish: The Face of Death See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$503,936, 17 January 1994

Gross USA:

$1,702,394

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,702,394
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The film was the first screen credit for screenwriter Michael Colleary. See more »

Goofs

A few seconds later, after the crate with the body is opened, Sal Paconi picks his pills out of his pocket, takes one and the pillbox's lid accidentally slips and falls on the ground (one can clearly hear the sound). Then he puts the pillbox back in his pocket as nothing had happened. See more »

Quotes

Paul Kersey: [after gashing Tommy's face with a broken bottle] How do you like that, you son of a bitch!
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Alternate Versions

Although rated not under 18, German Video-Version was cut to reduce violence See more »

Connections

References Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

SPIN
Written and Performed by O.T.D.
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User Reviews

A Marvelously Mean Finale to the Series
3 January 2004 | by SanguinaireSee all my reviews

Gangsters have bullied and murdered a woman. Now they had better watch out, because her fiancée is none other than Paul Kersey – and it's time for Mr. Bronson to dispense some more swift justice!

While this entry in the Death Wish series doesn't have the highest body count (see part 3 for that) and isn't the most grim and gritty (see part 2), it is the most sadistic. You see, in previous films Bronson got his wrathful business done with his trusty sidearm – but we get some variation in this one. Here he breaks out a marvelous assortment of deadly amusements such as the exploding soccer ball and poisoned pasta mentioned in other reviews – all seen in graphic detail as they work their murderous magic. Add to that the stress on facial disfigurement and scenes involving torture by steam press, plastic wrapping machine, and radial saw – and you have a new and wonderfully vicious formula for more Death Wish mayhem.

This is not the best in the series, but Bronson's presence alone gives it distinction, and it manages to make the most of the obviously very limited budget. If you're a fan of the series like me, you'll enjoy it in all its unpleasant, uncompromising glory.


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