Death Wish 4: The Crackdown (1987) (part 3 of 3)

43. Later, Reiner and Nozaki and another cop who I guess is their boss are in the video store. They speculate about whether the killings are the start of a gang war. Reiner suggests just letting the bad guys kill each other, to which his boss explains that doing that might look bad, what with an election coming up. To say nothing of how bad it looks when cops just sit on their asses doing nothing. Our dim-witted duo is told to watch a guy named Bauggs (yes, that’s how the name is spelled. Don’t ask me), who’s the Romeros’ best shooter. Reiner wants to keep pursuing the Vigilante, but is told to forget it.

44. At Romero HQ, Hothead Romero is going off on how he thinks Zacharias is killing off his own guys to start a gang war. And then it’s back to Kersey in his office, and John Ryan’s voiceover/crippling NyQuil addiction. Kersey is placed on the trail of Bauggs, and I swear to god, at this point if they just subbed Robert Vaughn for John Ryan this would be a standard ’80s action show for ABC to air in its Saturday evening death slot. I don’t know if it’s just that I’m looking at a full-screen copy of the movie, but the music and the episodic nature of the plot really give off a made-for-TV vibe. And this thing got a theatrical release!

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Ed Harris

A fan of less than great cinema since childhood, Ed divides his time between writing scripts, working an actual paying job and subjecting himself willingly to some of the worst films society has produced.

Multi-Part Article: Death Wish 4: The Crackdown (1987)

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