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  • In the theatrical version, it cuts to Brendan and Luke bickering while eating dinner after the opening office scene with Nick and Owen. In the unrated version, after the office scene, a new scene is added. Luke is sent to Helen, who works as a dean at his school, for telling a teacher to shove a laser pointer up his ass. She says that he's going to be in trouble, and Luke says that he'll do anything but community service. Because he says this, Helen recommends he sign as a volunteer for a dance at an elderly home. He refuses, and when Helen sees Brendan outside with his hockey teammates, she says that Luke can be the new bag boy for the team. Luke says that he'll volunteer to do the old people's dance and leaves. Then it cuts to the boys bickering at dinner.

    In the theatrical version, Bodie walks over to Billy, who's in the chapel of the mental asylum. He asks him "are we going to do this?" as Billy searches through Nick's briefcase. Billy looks at the cross in the chapel, and it cuts to Nick sitting nervously in his office. In the unrated version, when Bodie asks Billy "are we going to do this?", Billy looks at a chair that has Joe's red leather jacket. Billy wears his jacket and the gang walks down the street to their local funeral home. The clerk is adding up how much it will cost them for the funeral service and burial, but Billy is adamant that Joe's corpse is to be cremated. The gang members harass the clerk to make sure that Billy gets his way. The clerk says that their total is $700, and Billy takes out $200 from Nick's wallet and throws the bills at his face, saying that the price is $200. Billy then looks through the pictures in Nick's wallet of his family, and Bodie asks him if he's thought of something. Billy gives Bodie Nick's wallet and then the gang leaves from the funeral home. As they do, Bones happens to drives by and so he stops. He yells at the entire gang for making news in the newspaper about a possible gang war. He also yells at them for not doing the jobs he's sent them to do and not paying him. Bones says that they get to stop when he kills them. He then spits gum on Billy and kisses his head. As Bones walks away, Billy says that they're going to burn Joe. Bones says "well, he's the lucky one, ain't he?"

    In the unrated version, there is additional dialogue in the stairway scene between Nick and Helen (the night they are attacked by the gang). Helen says "I can't agree with what you've done. But I know why you did it" before telling him that she loves him.

    In the theatrical version, the film ends with the wounded Nick watching home videos of his family, leaving Nick's fate unclear. In the unrated version, additional shots are included. While watching the home videos, Nick removes his hand from his neck wound and closes his eyes, presumably dying. Edit

  • It is not certain. He is bleeding and presumably dying, but we never see him dead. The unrated version (which is available only on DVD) is a bit more specific than the Theatrical version; it sends stronger hints that Nick did die at the end. In this edition, we see Nick removing his hand from his neck-wound, his head slumps down and his eyes close. Some other clues that Nick may have died show up in the home movie Nick is watching: it slows, stutters, and then stops, possibly suggesting that Nick died at that point. However, it's deliberately left open to audience speculation.

    Further evidence supporting that Nick may have died is the music. In the scene where Nick and his wife and son are shot by Billy and his gang, a certain song begins playing after Nick is shot but suddenly stops when Nick wakes up in the hospital. In the final scene, the same song plays but the song does not cut away and instead keeps playing thus possibly hinting Nick did not survive. Edit

  • Well, just about EVERYTHING. An easier list is of what the similarities are between the two. Other than the title and the plot revolving around vigilantisism, they go their seperate ways after this, as the cause of his vigilantisism is the same as that of Death Wish, not it's literary sequel, and the main antagonist is not an evil copy-cat vigilante as in the book, but a vicious street gang. Also, the two men are different people with different families, but have somewhat similar jobs. The basis of the novel is that it continues to escalate on the character Paul Benjamin and question on his vigilantism throughout the book, where in the movie the theme of escalation follows through the consequence of Nick Hume.

    However, the one scene where Nick is waiting and then starts following Joe Darley outside the courthouse after Nick failed to identify him as the main suspect to his son's murder, and then follows Joe back to his home is a direct lift from the novel, where the main character, Paul Benjamin did the same thing, by following a released juvenile teenager after he was let go from the juvenile court and plans to kill him. And the other scene where Nick throws away the knife in the river after killing Joe Darley, is another reference to the novel where at the near end of the book, Paul Benjamin does the same thing by throwing away one of the guns he used to kill the copycat vigilante, and planting one of the guns in the copycat vigilante's coat, that he used to commit the vigilante killings and then throwing away the other gun he hardly use to kill him by dumping it at a river leaving no trace of him doing the killings, are both faithful depictions from the book. Edit

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