(es) wrote: Michael Winner's controversial and truly iconic thriller from the mid 70s, it concerns Paul Kersey, played superbly by the late Charles Bronson, in a brilliant low-key understated performance he returns to New York City to his job as a big company architect after a wonderful vacation in Hawaii, with his beloved wife Joanna, nicely played by Hope Lange. One day while he is working, three street freaks, one who is played by a young Jeff Goldblum in his screen debut follows Joanna and her daughter Carol home from the supermarket, they pose as the delivery boy from the supermarket to get in, once their in the apartment, they savagely beat Joanna and sexually assault Carol. When Kersey arrives at the emergency room, he is informed that is daughter is alright, but his wife has died from her injuries. The police admit they have little hope if any in catching the attackers, Kersey's daughter has slipped into a vegetative state since the assault. Kersey goes on assignment for his company to Arizona, after the job he is given a gun as a gift from a rich satisfied client, returning to New York Kersey begins a one-man war on crime, first killing criminals upon whom he chances and eventually putting himself in situations where he's all but guaranteed to be attacked. As he mows down criminals, he catches the eye of the public and the police. He's celebrated in the media, which dubbed him 'The vigilante,' a man who is taking care of business, while the cops attempt to stop him. Death Wish shows the decaying New York of 1970s which is one of the worst decade imaginable for the greatest city in America; Crime rose as the city decayed, unable to meet the basic needs of its millions of citizens. Astute direction by Michael Winner, with fine performances from Vincent Gardenia, Steven Keats, William Redfield, Stuart Margoin, Stephen Elliott, and Jack Wallace. Oscar winner Denzel Washington made his first screen appearance as one of a trio of alley muggers beating up an old man, Denzel has a tire iron, and he gets shot right in the heart by Kersey. Most critic hated this film, but i love it, it was cleansing to watch the bad guys get a taste of their own medicine, the film spoke to its audience who turned it into a box office sensation. There is a line between reality and fiction, sometimes that line is very close, a decade after 'Death Wish' release, a man named Bernard Goetz one of millions of New Yorkers who ride the subway, snapped, and shot four young black muggers on a subway train, he because a real life Paul Kersey, and like the Kersey character because something of a folk hero. The best revenge drama ever made, and one of Charles Bronson's finest and most memorable performances. Highly Recommended.