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‘Death Wish’ Director Michael Winner Dies

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British filmmaking legend Michael Winner has passed away aged 77 at his home in Kensington. Winner was famed for his collaborations with acting icon Charles Bronson, beginning with controversial revenge-thriller DEATH WISH (1971), and quickly followed up by CHATO’S LAND, THE MECHANIC (both released in 1972) and THE STONE KILLER (1973). The two went back to revisit the unforgiving, cult character of Paul Kersey in DEATH WISH’s 1982 and 1985 sequels.

Winner also worked with a host of fellow legends such as Burt Lancaster, Robert Mitchum, Marlon Brando, Michael Crawford, Anthony Hopkins, Alan Bates, Jeremy Irons and Oliver Reed, throughout his career and his final film was the Chris Rea comic crime-thriller PARTING SHOTS in 1998.

Most recently, Winner was seen in a number of television commercials and was also a food critic, which spawned his own show.

R.I.P. Michael Winner from all of us at THN.

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Craig is leading the charge as our north east correspondent, proving that it’s so ‘grim up north’ that losing yourself in a world of film is a foregone prerequisite. He has been studying the best (and often worst) of both classic and modern cinema at the University of Life for as long as he can remember. Craig’s favorite films include THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, JFK, GOODFELLAS, SCARFACE, and most of John Carpenter’s early work, particularly THE THING and HALLOWEEN.

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