Director: Michael Winner Run Time: 93 min. Format: Digital Rating: R Release Year: 1974
Starring: Hope Lange, Jack Wallace, Vincent Gardenia, Charles Bronson, Jeff Goldblum
Jeff Goldblum has a small but pivotal role as the attacker that changes Charles Bronson’s life in the find ‘em and kill ‘em classic DEATH WISH.
When his wife and daughter are assaulted in their own home by a bunch of thugs (including a jughead hat wearing Jeff Goldblum), architect Paul Kersey goes on a revenge fueled killing spree that extends way beyond a personal vendetta…he wants to clean up the streets of New York! Kersey’s transformation from a mild mannered citizen to an inconsolable vigilante may be far fetched but, and this is due to Charles Bronson, this glorification of justifiable violence is a satisfying ride. Armed with a borrowed pistol, his efforts to punish the city’s criminals is appreciated by the community but we’re left to sympathize with the fact that this task has no end in sight.
Death Wish is the first of two Michael Winner films to barely feature Jeff Goldblum (as “Freak #1”); the other in our series is The Sentinel.
Part of Nitehawk’s THE WORKS: JEFF GOLDBLUM (BARELY GOLDBLUM & FULL GOLDBLUM) brunches and midnites throughout May and June!