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Death Wish, The Sentinel director Michael Winner dead at 77

Jan. 21, 2013by: Kevin Woods
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It’s with a heavy heart that we share the news that legendary director Michael Winner passed away earlier today at the age of 77 due to heart and liver problems.

Winner's career behind the camera spanned more than 40 years and included more than 30 feature films, including the first three Charles Bronson-starring DEATH WISH films as well as action-faves THE MECHANIC and THE STONE KILLER,  the Burt Lancaster-starring spy film SCORPIO and the classic chiller THE SENTINEL.

The flamboyant British director, who directed films on both sides of the Atlantic, had been in ill health for a number of years and almost died after contracting a bacterial infection while holidaying on Barbados in January 2007. Last year it was reported that liver specialists has told Winner that he had between 18 months and two years to live.

In a statement released to the media, his wife Geraldine Lynton-Edwards said "A light has gone out in my life." With his passing, the film world is also a little darker today.

Extra Tidbit: What is your favorite film from Winner's extensive catalogue?
Source: Reuters

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6:55PM on 01/21/2013
Rest in peace, Mr. Winner. To me, your movies are timeless and The Sentinel still scares the living daylights out of me, sir. Extra tidbit: Death Wish, The Mechanic, Scorpio and The Sentinel.
Rest in peace, Mr. Winner. To me, your movies are timeless and The Sentinel still scares the living daylights out of me, sir. Extra tidbit: Death Wish, The Mechanic, Scorpio and The Sentinel.
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6:23PM on 01/21/2013
Thank you for the films, Mr. Winner. Death Wish is forever superior to other shoot 'em fare. It has a brain and a heart. It has the class to examine revenge in a very complex and human way. The original Death Wish is an icon amongst its many inferior imitators. Thank you also for The Sentinel. I have always liked that one. You created art well.
Thank you for the films, Mr. Winner. Death Wish is forever superior to other shoot 'em fare. It has a brain and a heart. It has the class to examine revenge in a very complex and human way. The original Death Wish is an icon amongst its many inferior imitators. Thank you also for The Sentinel. I have always liked that one. You created art well.
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