IMDb > Ms .45 (1981)
Ms .45
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Ms .45 (1981) More at IMDbPro »

Ms .45 -- Abel Ferrara’s (Bad Lieutenant, King Of New York) 1981 revenge thriller classic Ms. 45 follows a mute garment-district seamstress – played by the late model/actress/musician/screenwriter Zoë Lund – who after falling victim to multiple unspeakable assaults, ignites her one-woman homicidal rampage against New York City’s entire male population. Now remastered in HD from the original negative materials, Ms. 45 returns to theaters this December and debuts on DVD and Blu-ray uncut for the first time in North America.


User Rating:
6.8/10   4,851 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
Popularity: ?
Down 2% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Nicholas St. John (screenplay)
View company contact information for Ms .45 on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
24 April 1981 (USA) See more »
Crime will no longer roam the streets. See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Death Wish meet Repulsion in this Abel Ferrara near-great of cold-blooded murder See more (67 total) »


  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Zoë Lund ... Thana (as Zoë Tamerlis)
Bogey ... Phil
Albert Sinkys ... Albert
Darlene Stuto ... Laurie
Helen McGara ... Carol
Nike Zachmanoglou ... Pamela

Abel Ferrara ... 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
Jack Thibeau ... Man in Bar
Jayne Kennedy ... Seamstress
Wayne Caro ... Office Boy
Mariana Tripaldi ... Buyer
Scott Covert ... Buyer's Assistant
Karen O'Shea ... Model / Party
The Kog ... Bum
Cindy Green ... Waitress
Nancy Ulrich ... Photographer's Girlfriend
Eddie Sanchez ... Central Park Gang
Larry Chua ... Central Park Gang
Omar Patino ... Central Park Gang
Robert Allen ... Central Park Gang
Daniel Goodine ... Central Park Gang
Michael R. Chin ... Couple Kissing (as Michael Chin)
Gerri Igarashi ... Couple Kissing

Eddie Eisele ... Man from Georgia (as Edward Eisele)
Evelyn Smith ... Bag Lady
Patrick Loughran ... Couple on Desk / Party
Eileen Trotta ... Couple on Desk
Bobby Weismann ... Party Host
Alvin Moore ... Detective
Nicholas St. John ... Detective (as N.G. St. John)

Steve Dash ... Policeman (as Steve Daskaiwisz)
Paul Varni ... Guy on Street
John Scarangella ... Guy on Street
Aris Sakellariois ... Guy on Street
Ben Falk ... Blind Man
Michael Minard ... Band Member
Robert North ... Band Member
Robert Fish ... Band Member
Harry Maurer ... Newsman (voice)
Beth Ann Lonergan ... Little Girl (voice)
Gail Wenger ... Party
Jana Skidmore ... Party
Mary Barto ... Party
John Antonio ... Party
Joey Monteleone ... Party
Lisa Monteleone ... Party
Mary Reeves ... Party
Carol Drechsler ... Party
Anthony Picciano ... Party
Joe Perce ... Party
Donna Harris ... Party
Ira Blumenthal ... Party
Rex Piano ... Party
Kim McLean ... Party
Paul Sansone ... Party
Peter Abbay ... Mr. Death
Elissa D'Arrigo ... Party
Tony Gandiosi ... Party
Rene Belafonte ... Party
Dan O'Neill ... Party / Bartender
Jerry Goralnick ... Party
Claver Mullaney ... Bar / Extra
Jim Paletz ... Bar / Extra
Timothy Pastor ... Bar / Extra
Bill Plunkett ... Bar / Extra
Natalie Rannazzisi ... Bar / Extra
Michael Rothermel ... Bar / Extra
Rob Roy ... Bar / Extra
Francene Thomas ... Bar / Extra
Bruce Thorne ... Bar / Extra
Nancy Upton ... Bar / Extra
Bonnie Williams ... Bar / Extra
Scott Winer ... Bar / Extra
Madaline Wood ... Bar / Extra
Ann Barcar ... Bar / Extra
Shelley Freedman ... Bar / Extra
Barbara Jo Fuchs ... Bar / Extra

Kathleen Gati ... Bar / Extra (as Kathi Gati)
Barry Gomolka ... Bar / Extra
Gerry Heller ... Bar / Extra
Michelle James ... Bar / Extra
Chris Jones ... Bar / Extra
Nancy Kleinman ... Bar / Extra

Jerome Le Page ... Bar / Extra (as Jerome LePage)
Renata Hickey ... Bar / Extra (as Renata Majer)
Tom McGrath ... Bar / Extra
Cheryl McIntyre ... Bar / Extra
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Dhonna Harris Goodale ... Dancer / Waitress (uncredited)

Stephen Singer ... Rich Volk (uncredited)

Directed by
Abel Ferrara 
Writing credits
Nicholas St. John (screenplay) (as N.G. St. John)

Produced by
Richard Howorth .... associate producer
Mary Kane .... associate producer
Rochelle Weisberg .... executive producer
Original Music by
Joe Delia 
Cinematography by
James Lemmo  (as James Momel)
Film Editing by
Christopher Andrews 
Art Direction by
Ruben Masters 
Makeup Department
Laurie Aiello .... key makeup artist
Lisa Monteleone .... makeup artist
Sound Department
Christopher Andrews .... sound effects editor
Jack Cooley .... sound re-recordist
Kathleen King .... location sound
John Paul McIntyre .... sound (as John McIntyre)
Special Effects by
Sue Dalton .... special effects
John Paul McIntyre .... special effects (as John McIntyre)
Matt Vogel .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Tony Giarratano .... dolly grip
Tony Giarratano .... key grip
John Paul McIntyre .... dolly grip (as John McIntyre)
Don Muchow .... electrician
Don Muchow .... gaffer
Rick Owen .... electrician
Rick Owen .... gaffer
John Verardi .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
Nick Dibeneditto .... negative matcher (as Nick DiBeneditto)
Richard Howorth .... assistant editor
Robert K. Matthias .... negative matcher (as Bob Matthias)
Pete Spataro .... color timer
Music Department
Larry Alexander .... music engineer
Christopher Andrews .... music editor
Joe Delia .... musician
Sylvia Delia .... singer
Artie Kaplan .... musician
Abe Speller .... musician
Peter Yellen .... singer
Other crew
James Barrata .... production crew
Jason Braunstein .... associate in charge of production
Vincent Celli .... production crew
Karen Hatt .... caretaker
Karen Hatt .... cook
Ernie Jew .... production crew
Ed Leiter .... ballistics: Centre Firearms
John Paul McIntyre .... production crew (as John McIntyre)
John Outcalt .... production crew
Rex Piano .... production crew
Damon Santostefano .... production crew
Laura Tully .... production crew
Laurie Aiello .... thank you
Warren Alenik .... thank you
Ben Anderson .... thank you
Adam Brooks .... thank you
Sarah Brown .... thank you
Shawn Covey .... thank you
Steve DeVita .... thank you
Douglas Durst .... thank you
Tony Edwards .... thank you
Kai Emmons .... thank you
Bob Freemon .... thank you
Jim Gaffney .... thank you
Tony Landano .... thank you
Jerry Langeler .... thank you
Marty Lauffer .... thank you
James Macreading .... thank you (as Jim Macreading)
Molly Maguires .... thank you
Mai .... thank you
Michael Minard .... musical thanks
Patty & Peter .... thank you
Lloyd Sherman .... thank you
Linda Singleton .... thank you
Philip Slagter .... thank you
Ted Sod .... thank you
Clive Stevens .... musical thanks
Mr. Tang .... thank you
Ron Tarantino .... thank you
Catherine Taylor .... thank you
Dan Tieger .... thank you
Cindy Verardi .... thank you
Animal X .... thank you

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
80 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R | Canada:R (Ontario) | Finland:K-18 (2001) (self applied) | Finland:(Banned) (1981) | France:12 | Germany:BPjM Restricted | Iceland:16 | New Zealand:(Banned) (original rating) | New Zealand:R18 (re-rating) (1999) | Norway:18 (re-rating) (2003) | Norway:(Banned) (1981-2003) (cinema release) | Portugal:M/18 | Sweden:(Banned) | UK:18 (cut) | USA:R (edited for re-rating) | USA:X (original rating) | West Germany:18

Did You Know?

One of the body-part filled shopping bags that Thana carries out of her apartment is from Fiorucci, a popular store in New York at that time.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Movie Connections:


What are the differences between the R-Rated Version and the Unrated Version?
See more »
6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Death Wish meet Repulsion in this Abel Ferrara near-great of cold-blooded murder, 3 May 2010
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

Thana (not Hannah as one might mistake to hear) hasn't had a good lot in life. She doesn't have really any family or friends, she works for pittance as a clothing workshop, and can't speak as a mute. She's also very attractive, and one day walking home she's pulled into an alley and raped by a man in a mask. She staggers home, bewildered by the whole thing, but before she can get her bearings she comes upon *another* man, in her apartment before she got home, who was in the midst of theft. He instead decides to go ahead for the rape. Twice in one day? Fat chance of that - she finally takes her moment, and Thana hits the guy to the ground and then with an iron kills him.

From then on the film takes its beat as something of a quandary, but a truly fascinating one: this isn't quite an exploitation flick, but it's not really a vigilante action-revenge picture like Death Wish, and yet it has hints of both. It's like Abel Ferrara and his writer St. John took the revenge element of Death Wish, of taking it to the street to rid the scum, but took it also to another level like in Polanski's Repulsion. Here Thana isn't some expert at self-defense, and shouldn't be as good as she is with the .45 she pulls off of the rapist #2. But she is good at getting her chance to kill people, and she does, even if they haven't really done anything to her (one of the more curiously ambiguous scenes is when Thana meets a guy at a bar, he keeps rambling outside about strangling his cat, she's about to shoot and it doesn't fire, he takes the gun and instead of shooting her shoots himself)

True, not all of the acting Ferrara is able to gather up totally works; some of them, like two actors playing a pimp and a prostitute (even for one scene) falls flat as believable streetwise (better is Thana's boss, a creep who wants to have his way with her but hides it under a thin veneer of professionalism and care). And it may also be true that Ferrara's film paints men- hell, just most people- as jerks or losers or total dogs, and really who will miss them when they're gone? It's that part of it that makes it an exploitation flick, especially in that one sequence at night when Thana goes out and kills the most amount of people (a whole group of gang-bangers in the park, an Arab and his chauffeur in a limo, the cat strangler). And as part of tugging at the weakest of heart strings, there's a neighbor who has a little dog and (gasp) will the dog make it through the end of the film?

A lot of this is pulp, but it's well directed and given a score that is fresh and cool in an early NY 80's sort of way. And when we do take it most seriously it's when looking right into Thana's face and her eyes, which start off terrified and dazed and a little in a surreal mindset (watch when she is surrounded by (over) concerned co-workers, or when she's in the bathroom and sees a hand near her breast that isn't there), and soon turns cold and bloodless. It's almost a symbolic kind of turn, hence even the name Thana which dates back to Greek mythology. This isn't someone to root for, which is what mucks up the traditional angle of a B-movie. Instead Ferrara is after something a lot deeper. Ms. 45 is action and a bit of horror (dismembered body anyone?) but it's also a sad tale of a girl without any hope, who is going crazier by the day and dresses out in black like a spider out on the prowl.

It's got some bad-ass dimensions of drama, and a rather wicked climax involving slow-motion and Ms. 45 herself going in her maniac mode in a nun costume, and is mostly marred by a few sub-par supporting performances (albeit a very low-budget indie from NYC) and a few little unsatisfying scenes.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (67 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Ms .45 (1981)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
It made me really happy... (SPOILERS) xactinthat
Fans in NY area - 35mm screening 6/13/15! Hudson Horror Show 11 butcherofbakersfield
I'd volunteer to get shot... un-7
the magic trumpet Lumpychunks
No showing On Demand... kem71
Just Released on Blu-ray and DVD by Drafthouse Films craig-111
See more »


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Death Wish Freeway Kill Bill: Vol. 1 Thriller: A Cruel Picture Se7en
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Crime section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.