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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)
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Albert Sinkys ...
Darlene Stuto ...
Helen McGara ...
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 ...
Stanley Timms ...
Pimp
Faith Peters ...
Prostitute
Lawrence Zavaglia ...
Arab
Alex Jachno ...
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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 will no longer roam the streets. See more »

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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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Zoë Lund was only 17 years old when this movie was filmed. See more »

Goofs

When the man Thana meets in the bar holds her gun, he cocks it, but when he lifts it to his head, the hammer is no longer pulled back. See more »

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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 Terror in the Aisles (1984) See more »

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The Cinema of Abel Ferrara
17 January 2005 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

Ms. 45 (1981) was an interesting view on the revenge flicks that were popular during the mid 70's to the early 80's. Abel Ferrara and his co-conspirator Nicholas St. John follow the life of a mute dress worker (Zoe Lund) who snaps one day after being raped twice. She kills her last attacker and keeps his gun. After seeing the grim world around her and the loss of her mental faculties, she decides to do a hunting.

A strange but highly enjoyable film that takes exploitation films to a whole new level. The gritty direction by Abel Ferrara and the smart writing from Nicholas St. John elevate this movie above most of the trash that was produced during this time period. The star, Zoe Lund posses some unearthly beauty and she has that certain stuff to make the material work. Not many other actresses could have pulled this off but she some how manages to.

If you can find an uncut version of this movie I advise you to go out and get it. This is one of the best vigilante movies you'll ever watch. I have to highly recommend this film. It's Abel Ferrara doing what he does best. Street level film making!


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