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Bronson's Loose!: The Making of the Death Wish Films 0th Edition
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Charles Bronson shoot creeps.
Talbot's 161-page book gives us the best, and maybe
the only, history of the making of these cult films we're
likely to get.
It was put together using information from 10
interviews the author conducted between 2004 and 2005.
Among those interviewed were Michael Winner, director of
the first three entries, Brian Garfield, author of the original
novel, and Kevyn Major Howard, the guy who played
"Stomper," a punk with the cross hanging around his neck
in"Death Wish II."
I came across a mention of it on a "Death Wish" fan
site on the Internet, then ordered it from Amazon.com. Glad
I did. This thing took me back in time.
I flashed back to the first time I saw the original. It was
on an RCA SelectaVision CED Video Disc in 1981. A
picture of the back of that disc is on page 29.
The time I saw "Death Wish II" in the movies, I'll never
forget. Something happened in that film, a strange
marriage of sorts. The image of Charles Bronson's
Paul Kersey dressed down Goodwill style, dinky and all,
stalking the streets to a hellish Jimmy Page grind. Movie
magic. Made hairs stand up on the back of your neck.
I've always wondered about the behind the scenes
stories, how Bronson felt about these films, how directors
and actors felt working with Bronson, how the actors
managed to shoot those crazy rape scenes, etc.
This book answered a lot of my questions.Read more ›
The two gripes I have are partially due to personal opinion, so take this with a grain of salt if you disagree. I think author Paul Talbot spent WAY TOO MUCH time on Death Wish IV. I believe he states that this was the best one next to the first. I am still trying to wrap my head around that. As sub par as part II is and as laughable (intentional or not) part III is, I found part IV to be on the level of a crappy TV movie. In all aspects "Death Wish IV: the Crackdown" (shouldn't that be "the Crap-down"?) is a complete joke. Poorly-produced, cheap production values, laughable supporting cast (aside from Lenz and Ryan), a ghastly musical score that sounds like it was commissioned for the cost of someone's lunch money, awful stunt work, etc. Yet Talbot spends MANY, MANY pages glorifying this tepid sequel. So much time is spent quoting scriptwriter Gail Morgan Hickman (who keeps plugging the similarly crappy Bronson-Cannon-J. Lee Thompson mess, "Murphy's Law") that I'm surprised he isn't listed as co-author of this book.
The other gripe I have, which was probably out of Talbot's control, are the lack of interviews. Kudos for getting Winner and (original novel writer) Brian Garfield and a few others but it would have been interesting to get other people. Herbie Hancock? Jimmy Page? Anecdotes the scorers had about putting the music together for the films would have been cool. Maybe one of Bronson's many step-sons?Read more ›
(As an aside, it's surprising to me that this book was self-published by Talbot -- through iUniverse -- rather than coming from an established NY publisher. The book deserves a wide release in brick-and-mortar stores and but it's unlikely to happen with an iUniverse title, and that's a shame).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
On the surface, "Bronson's Loose!" delivers all it promises: information on the making and background of every "Death Wish" movie, trivia, anecdotes, a look behind the... Read morePublished on June 1, 2011 by Mr Vess
This is a great book! There aren't many pages in this book, but it is full of very interesting information about Charles Bronson and the Death Wish films. Read morePublished on March 27, 2007 by Paul Manfredi
Of the 150 motion picture and television appearances by Charles Bronson, none have gained more cult support than the five-installment 'Death Wish' series, a fact that inspired Paul... Read morePublished on July 30, 2006 by Paul-John Ramos