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Bronson's Loose!: The Making of the Death Wish Films Paperback – February 9, 2006


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (February 9, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595379826
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595379828
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #352,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Paul Talbot is a film historian and independent filmmaker. He has written for Video Watchdog, Psychotronic Video and Filmfax. His movies include Hellblock 13.

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This book answered a lot of my questions.
Stephen J. Pytak
There aren't many pages in this book, but it is full of very interesting information about Charles Bronson and the Death Wish films.
Paul Manfredi
I strongly recommend it to anyone interested in screenwriting and movie-making.
Lee Goldberg

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Stephen J. Pytak on December 18, 2006
Format: Paperback
A definite treat for the people who paid to watch

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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lee Goldberg VINE VOICE on September 2, 2009
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You don't have to be a DEATH WISH fan -- and I'm not -- to enjoy this highly entertaining and informative book about the making of the cult classic Charles Bronson vigilante film and its lesser (and inevitable) sequels. Author Paul Talbot has done a remarkable job, interviewing all the major players behind the development and production of the DEATH WISH movies (including Brian Garfield, the author of the original novel), and delivering a tight little book that is packed solid with fascinating details and wonderful anecdotes. I strongly recommend it to anyone interested in screenwriting and movie-making. It's a lot of fun to read.

(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).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul Manfredi on March 27, 2007
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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. It's also very easy to read. I'm a big fan of Charles Bronson, but I didn't know a lot about his personal life until I read this book. After reading this book, I have even more respect for Bronson and it was fun learning all the behind the scenes facts about the films. The first film was the best, but any movie Charles Bronson is in is much better than today's so called "big stars". Bronson was a real movie star. I highly recommend this fun and easy to read book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CD on January 31, 2013
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I have mixed feelings about this book (or "booklet" as another Amazon reviewer called it). On one hand, bravo to the author for taking the time in researching this. It was great that he was able to get the interviews he did get. The "making of" aspect of any motion picture, particularly a series you enjoy (for the most part) is always pretty cool.

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?
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