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DEATH WISH 4: THE CRACKDOWN

year: 1987 cast: Charles Bronson, Kay Lenz, Dana Barron, John P. Ryan rating: ***1/2
It makes complete sense that Charles Bronson’s iconic vigilante Paul Kersey, who works as an architect by day and, whenever a problem arises, takes care of business by night, would become a bonafide hit man.

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After three entire films he’s gotten so good at killing criminals, he's hired by a mysterious "millionaire" (John P. Ryan) to infiltrate a rival gang by any means possible.

For those new to the DEATH WISH franchise, Kersey’s wife was murdered in the first movie, his daughter raped – then in part two his daughter's killed and now he’s up against the mafia after his girlfriend’s teenage daughter, played by VACATION actress Dana Barron, takes a lethal dose of crack cocaine from a mob-connected street dealer. This death makes the millionaire's offer that much more lucritive.

Kersey's vendetta begins with the dealer himself, but this isn't as basic as it sounds. After being hired he doesn’t just go around offing bad guys. Upon every hit, the two targeted mob "families" fight amongst themselves. With a crooked cop in the mix, Kersey gets caught in-between. And then a third act twist puts our mustached hero on the run. 
Charles Bronson stalks his first villain
The direction by Bronson collaborator J. Lee Thompson is tight and focused, but unfortunatly, instead of the urban-gritty Jimmy Page soundtrack of parts two and three, there’s a glossy saxophone score popular in the eighties and making the film, even in the best action sequences, feel like a straight-to-video release.

But directing and music doesn’t matter. As Bronson ventures from bad guy to bad guy with interesting setups and/or missions for each hit, either undercover in a factory or sneaking into a high rise penthouse leading to a final shootout in an arcade, there’s much more involved than revenge: it's an actual job this time around.
Photos of one of New Retro Cinema's favorite starlet, Dana Barron
Dana Barron with Charles Bronson
Dana Barron goes out for the night
Dana Barron and her doomed boyfriend
Dana Barron's last moments on screen
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  1. Awesome! I've been on a DEATH WISH kick of late. So cool that you reviewed 4 - which I haven't gotten to yet.

    Keep it up sir.

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