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This drama about a man who takes the law into his own hands was wildly controversial upon first release, sparking much debate about the perceived pro-vigilante stance of the story, and established Charles Bronson as a major box office draw in the United States. Paul Kersey (Charles Bronson) is a liberal architect living in New York City. One day, a group of drug-crazed thugs break into his apartment while he's gone, killing his wife Joanna (Hope Lange) and brutally raping his married daughter, leaving her comatose. When the police are unable to find the culprits, Kersey arms himself and begins patrolling the streets, killing muggers and thieves as he encounters them. While his obsessive search for street justice sickens him at first, in time Kersey begins to enjoy it and becomes a hunted man himself, as Police Detective Frank Ochoa (Vincent Gardenia) tries to find the man who is doing the police's job for them, and a bit too well. Jeff Goldblum made his screen debut as one of the lunatics who attacks Joanna. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:July 24, 1974

Cast

Charles Bronson
as Paul Kersey
Hope Lange
as Joanna Kersey
Vincent Gardenia
as Frank Ochoa
William Redfield
as Sam Kreutzer
Stuart Margolin
as Aimes Jainchill
Robert Kya-Hill
as Joe Charles
Floyd Levine
as Desk Sergeant
Christopher Logan
as Freak #2
Edward Grover
as Lt. Briggs
Kathleen Tolan
as Carol Toby
Stephen Elliott
as Police Commissioner
Chris Gampel
as Ives
Fred J. Scollay
as District Attorney
Olympia Dukakis
Hank Garrett
as Andrew McCabe
Jeff Goldblum
as Freak #1
Marcia Jean Kurtz
Christopher Guest
as Patrolman Reilly
Helen Martin
as Alma Lee Brown
Eric Laneuville
Jack Wallace
as Hank

Crew

Michael Winner
Director
Hal Landers
Producer
Bobby Roberts
Producer
Wendell Mayes
Screenwriter
Brian Garfield
Book Author
Herbie Hancock
Composer (Music Score)
Bernard Gribble
Editor
Robert Gundlach
Production Designer
Michael Winner
Co-producer
Joseph G. Aulisi
Costume Designer
James J. Sabat
Sound/Sound Designer
Hugh Strain
Sound/Sound Designer
Charles Okun
First Assistant Director
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