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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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She was abused and violated. It will never happen again! 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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This film was first shown at the Cannes Film Festival and the Milano Film Festival before its official release on April 24, 1981. See more »

Goofs

At c. 43 minutes, as Thana puts a pink bag in the trunk of an unsuspecting stranger's parked car, we see a light yellow car parked closely in front. However, when the car is driven away immediately afterwards, the yellow car is several car-lengths away, leaving a sudden empty space. 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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The best of its subgenre.
7 April 2005 | by (The land of the Bunyips) – See all my reviews

After leaving work, a lonely mute New Yorker is raped twice in one afternoon. She manages to fight back against the second rapist and kills him with his own gun. She is traumatized and chops up his body and sticks it in the fridge. She tells no one, and is unable to cope with what happened. Soon, she's finding empowerment by using the gun to dispose of any man that may potentially take advantage of her or other women.

I am not a fan of the rape/revenge genre, but this compelling film miraculously manages to avoid exploitation on nearly every level. The rape scenes are disturbing but fortunately not as explicit as in many genre movies. While the content of "Ms. 45" is obviously over-the-top and exaggerated, it manages to retain a sense of dignity that rises above tacky movies like "Baise Moi" and "I Spit on Your Grave." Zoe Lund is incredible as the lead actress, depending on her versatile facial expressions to portray what mental state the character is in.

My Rating: 7.5/10.


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