This is the first of several films featuring Charles Bronson as Paul Kersey, a modern day urban equivalent of Robin Hood, Zorro, and the Lone Ranger. When initially released, Death Wish was immediately controversial as was Dirty Harry (1971). Audiences tended to be divided between those who were offended by what they considered to be excessive violence and those who (like Harry Callahan and Paul Kersey) had lost confidence in society's willingness and/or ability to respond effectively to violent crime.
When we first meet Kersey, he is in all respects a gentle man. A successful architect who is happily married to Joanna (Hope Lange) and a proud father of his beloved daughter, he is carefully positioned as a law-abiding citizen. After his wife and daughter are brutally attacked by thugs who escape punishment, Kersey commits himself to ridding the city of such crap. In fact, he seeks them out in the most likely areas (e.g. public parks and on subways), coldly and systematically killing as many as he can. Of course, other law abiding citizens are wholly supportive of his efforts but law enforcement officials fear the possible implications of such vigilantiism.
Directed by: Michael Winner
"I watched 'Death Wish' and after turning off the DVD, I wondered why there weren't more heroic vigilantes out there." Good work "Kersey!"
Term commonly applied to those who engage in activities that significantly raise their risk of severe bodily injury or death.
Base jumpers must have a death wish.
A deathwish is a complete disregard of one's own personal safety well-being, or best interests. For example:
1. Naivety or ignorance of the rules, circumstances or principles.
2. An uncontrollable rage.
3. An obsession for revenge.
4. A mental illness or personality disorder.
5. Loss of the will to live OR an unconscious urge to die.
6. A suicidal urge that drive certain people to put themselves consistently into dangerous situations.
Playing with the wrong person's money can be a deathwish.
When people annoy you constantly, despite your threat to beat the crap out of them. This type of person has a death wish, as if they WANT to be killed by you.
Zach: AHHH I'm so stupid i wanna be an effing super hero hahahahahahaha WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!
Girl: Shut up Zach.
Girl: I'm gonna beat the shit out of you
Zach: *Continues to mime.*
Girl: DUDE DO YO HAVE A FUCKING DEATH WISH?
An awesome movie where old school bad-ass Charles Bronson (RIP) comes home only to discover his wife murdered. After this the entire movie consists of Bronson peacefully walking around the streets at dark and shooting every mugger and crook he comes across.
Muggers with a deathwish> give me yo money man! -takes out switchblades-
Charles Bronson> -whips out pistol and shoots them all dead, then dissapears into the night-
Me> GOD DAMN THIS MOVIE IS AWESOME!
A deathwish is when you make a shot out of the remaining few drops of alcohol from the plethora of various alcohol bottles you've collected (preferably in a college dorm room), and the time has come to throw them away.
We've got four empty bottles of Captain, one empty bottle of Skyy, one empty bottle of Smirnoff, and one empty bottle of Malibu, that makes for one awesome deathwish. Who's gonna drink it?
2)To wish someone you hate will die.
1.Today I put a death wish on myself. 2.I wish someone would death wish her, she is a slut.