Death Wish V: The Face of Death
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|Death Wish V: The Face of Death|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Allan A. Goldstein|
|Produced by||Damian Lee|
|Screenplay by||Allan A. Goldstein|
|Story by||Michael Colleary
Allan A. Goldstein
|Based on||characters created by
|Music by||Terry Plumeri|
|Editing by||Patrick Rand|
|Distributed by||21st Century Film Corporation (Distributor)
Trimark Pictures/Lionsgate (VHS/DVD Release)
MGM Home Entertainment/Sony Pictures Entertainment (Australian DVD Distributors)
Europa Carat (Brazil VHS)1994
|Release dates||January 14, 1994(USA)|
|Running time||95 mins.|
|Box office||$1,702,394 (USA)|
Death Wish V: The Face of Death is a 1994 action thriller film, and the fifth installment in the Death Wish series. It features Charles Bronson, who reprises his role as Paul Kersey in his final theatrical starring role. In the film, Kersey battles mobsters as he tries to protect his girlfriend (played by Lesley-Anne Down) from her ex-husband, mob boss Tommy O'Shea (Michael Parks). dstributed 21st Century Film Corporation, Metro Goldwyn Mayer and distributed mundial Europa Carat.
Death Wish V: The Face of Death was produced by 21st Century Film Corporation, a company established by Menahem Golan after Cannon Films' bankruptcy. It was shot in Toronto and helmed by Canadian director Allan Goldstein. Steve Carver was originally going to direct until the producers planned to cut the budget.
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Paul Kersey (Charles Bronson) returns to New York City under the name Paul Stewart. He is invited by girlfriend Olivia Regent (Lesley-Anne Down) to a fashion show. Backstage, mobster Tommy O’Shea (Michael Parks) and his goons muscle in on the action. Tommy then threatens Olivia, who is his ex-wife and mother to their daughter Chelsea (Erica Lancaster).
Olivia later informs Paul of her ex-husband's behavior after he finds bruises on her hand. Paul proceeds to confront him, but Tommy points a gun at Paul's face. The confrontation ends with the arrival of Chelsea.
NYPD officers Tony Hoyle (Saul Rubinek) and Hector Vasquez (Miguel Sandoval) visit Stewart's home. Paul Stewart is revealed to be Paul Kersey in the Witness Protection Program. He informs them about Tommy O’Shea. Hoyle says they have been trying to nab Tommy for years, and he wants Olivia to testify.
That night at a restaurant, Paul proposes to Olivia, who accepts. Olivia excuses herself to go to the ladies room and is attacked by Tommy’s associate, Freddie "Flakes" Garrity (Robert Joy), who in an attempt to prevent her testimony bashes her head on a mirror, causing permanent disfigurement to her face.
Freddie escapes, although Paul gets a look at him. At the hospital, where Paul is told Olivia will need reconstructive surgery, he talks with Lt. Mickey King (Kenneth Welsh), who has been working on the O’Shea case for 16 years. Paul is angry but is warned by King not to pick up his old habits and to let the police handle it, but Paul tells him that the law works and that it sometimes doesn't.
Tommy escalates the violence, killing several people including female police officer Janice Omori (Lisa Inoue). Paul and Olivia are attacked by Freddie and his friends, who ends up shooting Olivia in the back (thus killing her) as the couple tries to escape. She becomes the fourth of Paul's five love interests in the series to be murdered by gang members. Paul jumps from the roof of his apartment, where he lands in a dumpster, and is retrieved by the police.
Tommy is "cleared" of involvement in his ex-wife’s death and seeks custody of their daughter. This sets the stage for a fight between Paul and Tommy, one that leaves Paul unconscious when he assaults Tommy. He decides to return to his vigilante ways and is later assisted by Hoyle, who learns his department has been corrupted by Tommy. Paul poisons one of Tommy's men, Chuck, with a cannoli. He then kills Freddie by blowing him up with a remote controlled soccer ball. Tommy finds out from an informant that Paul is the vigilante and will be going after him for killing Olivia. The informant, Hector Vasquez of the NYPD, tries to kill Kersey himself, but Paul gets the upper hand and kills him. Fellow officer Hoyle arrives and finds out Tommy wants both him and Kersey dead. Hoyle tells Kersey he must never see him again, and Paul agrees.
Tommy hires three thugs, Frankie (Scott Spidel), Mickey (Tim MacMenamin), and Angel (Sandro Limotta), to take care of Paul, using Chelsea as bait. Paul rescues her. Lt. King is wounded by Tommy. Paul kills Sal, one of Tommy's men, by shooting him into a large paper shredder, cutting him into pieces. Paul picks up an empty beer bottle, smashes it, and cuts Tommy's face in retaliation for what he did to Olivia. Armed with a shotgun, Paul corners Tommy.
Tommy tries to persuade Paul to spare him by saying "Whatever you want, whatever you need, it's yours." Paul quickly responds with "I don't need anything, but you need a bath." Paul then finally manages to kill Tommy by knocking him into the pool of acid, where he disintegrates until there's nothing left of him. King thanks Paul for saving his life. He rejoins Chelsea, calling out to the injured King, "Hey Lieutenant, if you need any help, give me a call" while Paul walks toward the 'lightened' hallway.
- Charles Bronson as Paul Kersey
- Lesley-Anne Down as Olivia Regent
- Michael Parks as Tommy O'Shea
- Robert Joy as Freddie "Flakes" Garrity
- Saul Rubinek as Tony Hoyle
- Kenneth Welsh as King
- Erica Lancaster as Chelsea
- Chuck Shamata as Sal Paconi
- Kevin Lund as Chuck Paconi
- Melissa Illes as Runway Model
- Jefferson Mappin as Albert
Death Wish V received mainly negative reviews from critics and was a box office failure. Many fans of the previous four Death Wish films considered this sequel the poorest of the series. The film currently holds a two star rating (4.2/10) on IMDb.
- "Movies : Another One for Bronson's 'Wish' List - Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. 1994-01-17. Retrieved 2012-07-04.
- Holden, Stephen (1994-01-17). "Movie Review - Death Wish V: The Face of Death - Review/Film; It's Not Just The Killing, It's the How - NYTimes.com". Movies.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2012-07-04.
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