Director Michael Winner’s horrible 1981 sequel to his original Death Wish (1974) tells another ugly story in which Charles Bronson’s troubled New York City architect Paul Kersey sets off on a new vigilante spree in Los Angeles when his Hispanic housekeeper is attacked and killed by a gang of five street punks, and his daughter is assaulted again.
Bronson looks tired and even the slickness of part one is missing. Vincent Gardenia, from part one, helps out as the private detective, Detective Frank Ochoa. There are three further sequels, starting with Death Wish 3 in 1985.
Also in the cast are Bronson’s real-life wife Jill Ireland, J D Cannon, Anthony Franciosa, Ben Frank, Robin Sherwood, Robert F Lyons and Larry [Laurence] Fishburne.
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