Death Wish (movie series)

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The Death Wish series consists of five movies starring Charles Bronson as Paul Kersey, who becomes a vigilante after his wife is murdered and his daughter raped.

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Death Wish (1974)

Charles Bronson

  • Hey!

Freak #1

  • We want money, mother, now get it!
  • Goddamn rich cunt! I KILL RICH CUNTS!


Jack Toby: We gotta let the cops handle this, Dad.
Paul Kersey: Yeah? Well, what if the cops can't handle this?

Sam Kreutzer: You know, decent people are going to have to work here and live somewhere else.
Paul Kersey: By "decent people," you mean people who can afford to live somewhere else.
Sam Kreutzer: Oh Christ, you are such a bleeding-heart liberal, Paul.
Paul Kersey: My heart bleeds a little for the underprivileged, yes.
Sam Kreutzer: The underprivileged are beating our goddamned brains out. You know what I say? Stick them in concentration camps, that's what I say.

Paul Kersey: You've got a prime figure. You really have, you know.
Joanna Kersey: That's a euphemism for fat.

Paul Kersey: Any chance of catching these men?
Lt. Briggs: There's a chance, sure.
Paul Kersey: Just a chance?
Lt. Briggs: I'd be less than honest if I gave you more hope, Mr. Kersey. In the city, that's the way it is.

Ames Jainchill: You're probably one of them knee-jerk liberals that thinks us gun boys would shoot our guns because it's an extension of our penises.
Paul Kersey: Never thought about it that way. It could be true.
Ames Jainchill: Well, maybe it is. But this is gun country.

Frank Ochoa: We want you to get out of New York... Permanently.
Paul Kersey: Inspector... By sundown?

Paul Kersey: Nothing to do but cut and run, huh? What else? What about the old American social custom of self-defense? If the police don't defense us, maybe we ought to do it ourselves.
Jack Toby: We're not pioneers anymore, Dad.
Paul Kersey: What are we, Jack?
Jack Toby: What do you mean?
Paul Kersey: I mean, if we're not pioneers, what have we become? What do you call people who, when they're faced with a condition or fear, do nothing about it, they just run and hide?
Jack Toby: Civilized?
Paul Kersey: No.

Sam Kreutzer: I'll bet muggings are down, and they're afraid to tell us.
Paul Kersey: There's only one way to find out. Take a walk on Columbus Avenue tonight.

Death Wish II (1982)


Paul Kersey: Do you believe in Jesus?
Stomper: Yes I do.
Paul Kersey: Well, you're gonna meet him.

Elliott Cass: Are you free tomorrow Paul?
Paul Kersey: Sure, What else would I be doing?
(several gunshots are heard and the credits role)

Paul Kersey: Where's my wallet?
Jiver: I ain't got it!

Paul Kersey: Goodbye
(Kersey then shoots Jiver in the head)

Paul Kersey: Where do you think I've been?
Geri Nichols: Killing muggers?

Death Wish 3 (1985)

Paul Kersey

  • I'm taking care of Charlie's things.
  • You relax, Bennett. This is my problem.
  • My friend Wildey's coming.
  • A .475 Wildey magnum is a shorter version of the African big game cartridge... it makes a real mess.
  • I'm going out for some ice cream... this is America, isn't it?

Richard S. Striker

  • I can't do anything... I'm a cop.


Kathryn Davis: I made chicken, I hope you like it. It's the only thing I know how to make.
Paul Kersey: Chicken's good. I like chicken.

Bennett: What's the car for?
Paul Kersey: Bait.

Bennett: We heard shots. What happened?
Paul Kersey: I sent them a message.

Paul Kersey: Hey, what's the problem?
Punk at Car #1: What?
Paul Kersey: With the car... what's the problem?
Punk at Car #1: Just get outta my fuckin' face. Who are you?
Punk at Car #2: We're stealing a fuckin' car, what's it to you?
Paul Kersey: It's my car.
Punk at Car #1: Now you gonna die!
(Kersey shoots them both dead)

Bennett: They call him "The Giggler".
Paul Kersey: Jesus, he really moves.

Death Wish 4: The Crackdown (1987)

Paul Kersey

  • Not great... but pretty damn good.
  • I was just using the... toilet?


(Frank Bauggs confronts Kersey sneaking into his apartment)
Frank Bauggs: What the fuck are you doing here?!
Paul Kersey: I was making a sandwich.

Mugger: Who the fuck are you?!
Paul Kersey: Death.

Death Wish V: The Face of Death (1994)

Paul Kersey

  • Guns have their uses. Idiots with guns make me nervous.
  • I've got a cure for your dandruff problem. :(detonates bomb)
  • Sometimes the law doesn't work.
  • You need a bath.


  • First His Wife. Now His Daughter. It's Time To Even The Score!
  • Bronson's loose!
  • He wants the filth off the streets. If the police can't do it, he will... his way!
  • He's planning to clean up the city... his way!
  • When murder and rape invade your home, and the cops can't stop it... This man will. His way.
  • He's back to New York bringing justice to the streets...
  • He's Judge, Jury and Executioner!
  • This time it's war!
  • The vigilante is back - with a vengeance
  • The vigilante is back...
  • No judge. No jury. No appeals. No deals.


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