Death Wish IV

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MGM Released 1987

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Director:
J. Lee Thompson
Released:
1987
Rating:
R

Death Wish IV is the fourth installment of the popular Charles Bronson vigilante movie series. The film was also released under the alternate title of Death Wish 4: The Crackdown in 1987. J. Lee Thompson takes on directing duty for this installment and Charles Bronson returns as Paul Kersey, the architect turned vigilante. This time around, Kersey (Charles Bronson) is out to avenge the death of his girlfriend's daughter. Kersey has become romantically involved with reporter Karen Sheldon (Kay Lenz), a single mother to daughter Erica (Dana Barron) When Erica dies from a cocaine overdose, Kersey immediately reverts to vigilante mode. In the style typical of the Death Wish franchise, Kersey sets out to wipe out the drug dealers he holds responsible for Erica's death. Publisher Nathan White (John P. Ryan) has also lost his daughter to drugs and is equally intent on vengeance. White and Kersey team together to eliminate the two rival drug dealers White holds responsible for his daughter's death. Does Kersey still have what it takes to take on the vicious street gangs?

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  • 60

    Time Out

    Gail Morgan Hickman's complicated script manages a couple of nice twists, but it's too formulary to pursue the ambiguities it reveals. Most enjoyable is the clear thread of self-pa...

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    Death Wish 4 may be preposterous, but on the level of technique it's a solid textbook example of crisp exploitation picture craftsmanship. Thompson clearly takes pleasure in settin...

  • 60

    Variety

    What raises Death Wish 4 above the usual blowout is a semi-engaging script and sure pacing by veteran action director J. Lee Thompson.

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