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Ms .45 (1981)

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A timid and mute seamstress goes insane after being attacked and raped twice in one day, in which she takes to the streets of New York City after dark and randomly shoots men with a .45 caliber pistol.

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Thana (as Zoë Tamerlis)
Bogey ...
Phil
Albert Sinkys ...
Albert
Darlene Stuto ...
Laurie
Helen McGara ...
Carol
Nike Zachmanoglou ...
Pamela
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1st Rapist (as Jimmy Laine)
Peter Yellen ...
Burglar
Editta Sherman ...
Mrs. Nasone
Vincent Gruppi ...
Heckler on Corner
S. Edward Singer ...
Photographer
Stanley Timms ...
Pimp
Faith Peters ...
Prostitute
Lawrence Zavaglia ...
Arab
Alex Jachno ...
Chauffeur
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In Manhattan, Thana is a timid and mute woman that works as a seamstress in the fashion industry and spends most of her idle time at home. One night, she gets raped in an alley while going back home after hours and when she arrives at home, she gets raped again by another criminal. However, she reacts and bludgeons the assaulter to his death with a flatiron. The disturbed Thana loses her sanity and uses a .45 caliber pistol to shoot men on the streets of New York. She dresses suggestively and roams the dark streets alone, wreaking vengeance upon anyone who tries to take advantage of her. Eventually, her secret life overflows into her regular life in the fashion industry. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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24 April 1981 (USA)  »

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Angel of Vengeance  »

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$62,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

This film was released on DVD, Blu-ray and digital copy from Drafthouse Films on March 25, 2014, remastered in high-definition from the original negatives. See more »

Goofs

One band member is playing the trumpet, but what you hear is obviously a saxophone. There is no trumpet sound in the song the band is playing. See more »

Quotes

Albert: Hello, Bobby.
Party Host: And Sister?
Albert: Thana.
Party Host: That's a charming name. Is that Greek?
Albert: It's Greek to you, Bobby.
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Featured in Ms 45: An Interview with Composer Joe Delia (2014) See more »

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Vengeance is mine!
5 September 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

‘Ms. 45' is probably Abel Ferrara's masterpiece despite it's many flaws. It has originality, a great music score and it leaves an indelible impression for better or worse. When we first meet Thona (Zoe Tamerlis) we wonder why she is so quiet and it is only when one of her tormentors asks her why she doesn't speak that we realise it is because she *can't* speak. This is a shocking revelation and even more shocking is the fact that this demure looking girl becomes a cold blooded murderer. The photography captures late 70's New York to perfection, at all times of day and night. The pacing and editing are excellent leaving no time for any dull moments. The acting is perfect with the exception of the Landlady (Editta Sherman) who, despite being eccentric and amusing, is no actress. The climax is set at a fancy dress party and the ensuing mayhem when Zoe goes berserk is choreographed and filmed to great (almost hypnotic) effect.


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