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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Thana (as Zoë Tamerlis)
Bogey ...
Albert Sinkys ...
Darlene Stuto ...
Helen McGara ...
Nike Zachmanoglou ...
1st Rapist (as Jimmy Laine)
Peter Yellen ...
Editta Sherman ...
Mrs. Nasone
Vincent Gruppi ...
Heckler on Corner
S. Edward Singer ...
Stanley Timms ...
Faith Peters ...
Lawrence Zavaglia ...
Alex Jachno ...


A timid and mute woman gets raped twice coming home from work and decides to take matters into her own hands. She dresses suggestively and roams the streets alone, wreaking vengeance upon anyone who tries to take advantage of her. Eventually, her secret life spills over into her regular life in the fashion industry. Written by Ed Sutton <>

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It will never happen again! See more »


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Release Date:

24 April 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Angel of Vengeance  »

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$62,000 (estimated)

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1.37 : 1
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Inspired the L7 song, Ms. 45. See more »


When Thana pulls the gun on the man she met in the bar, she holds it close to his head, casting a shadow on his jacket. In the next shot, neither the gun nor the shadow can be seen. Returning to the longer shot, both are seen again. See more »


  • Hello, Bobby.

Party Host:
  • And Sister?

  • Thana.

Party Host:
  • That's a charming name. Is that Greek?

  • It's Greek to you, Bobby.

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Referenced in A Short Film About the Long Career of Abel Ferrara (2004) See more »

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Abel's "Revenge"
10 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ultra-dark-and-violent-loving director Abel Ferrara's first film (this one) is, like a lot of his peers' first efforts: a low-budget affair but one that got him attention and jump-started his career.

The actors in here are nobodies and really not that good, particularly the landlady (Editta Sherman) who is so horrible an actress that she's interesting only because she's so inept. Zoe Tamerlis, who played the main character, is almost mesmerizing in her role even though she's a mute so we never hear her voice. She has a pretty face and gave us some effective facial expressions. Too bad she never made it as a star.

The story is strictly a female "Death Wish." A nice girl gets raped not once but twice within hours, snaps, and goes out on a killing spree. Pretty basic revenge on the lowest of levels but a satisfying film nonetheless and, at 80 minutes, breezes by. Definitely worth a look if you like these kind of low-budget revenge flicks.

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