DEATH WISH 3
1985, Park Circus/MGM, 92 min, USA/Canada, Dir: Michael Winner

Charles Bronson reprises his role as Paul Kersey for a third time in one of the most over-the-top and gratuitously violent films ever committed to celluloid. Returning to New York (actually England pretending to be New York), Kersey discovers things are even worse than before when a crooked police chief (Ed Lauter) forcibly recruits the architect-vigilante to clean up the streets. With a 50-plus body count, non-stop action and Bronson's deadpan delivery, director Michael Winner pushed DEATH WISH 3 to absurd and excessive extremes; it remains one of the crown jewels of Golan and Globus’ Cannon Group empire.


10 TO MIDNIGHT
1983, Park Circus/MGM, 101 min, USA, Dir: J. Lee Thompson

“Forget what's legal and do what's right.” A Golan and Globus production that doesn't skimp on nudity or violence, this riveting police thriller showcases Charles Bronson at his vigilante best. He stars as Leo Kessler, a tough L.A. cop whose daughter is stalked by a cunning sex-killer (Gene Davis); the first-rate cast includes Wilford Brimley and Geoffrey Lewis.


HARD TIMES
1975, Sony Repertory, 93 min, USA, Dir: Walter Hill

Walter Hill’s debut feature as director is this no-holds-barred tale of a bare-knuckle boxer (Charles Bronson) in Depression-era New Orleans and the fast-talking promoter (James Coburn) who parlays Bronson’s talents as a pugilist into quick money. “There's the temptation, with material like this, to fashion parables and give the characters portentous speeches about the meaning of it all. But HARD TIMES never steps back from itself, never lectures us. Its theme is buried in its material, and it's a hard-edged action film all the way.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times.


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