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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.

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Director:
Writer:
Nicholas St. John (screenplay)
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Release Date:
24 April 1981 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Crime will no longer roam the streets. See more »
Plot:
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 »
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Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
THE best exploitation movie of the 1980s! See more (60 total) »

Cast

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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
Jim Johnson ... 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)
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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
 
Thanks
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
 

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Runtime:
80 min
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Certification:
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:X | USA:R (edited for re-rating) | USA:X (original rating) | West Germany:18

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Inspired the L7 song, Ms. 45.See more »
Goofs:
Plot holes: Thana never appears to run out of bullets for her gun, and she frequently uses a full clip (around seven rounds) to kill her victims. Although we see Thana loading and re-loading a clip for her .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol, it is never explained where she gets the ammunition, and a person of her background would not know where to purchase bullets either legally or illegally.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Psycho (1960)See more »

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27 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
THE best exploitation movie of the 1980s!, 1 September 2003
Author: Infofreak from Perth, Australia

The 1970s were THE decade for American exploitation movies with the likes of Roger Corman, Jack Hill, and Larry Cohen Jr creating some of the most entertaining trash ever made. For the most part the 1980s were a big let down in this department. Porkys-like sex comedies and awful buddy action movies and the like generally failed to reach the heights of the glory days of A.I.P. There were a few exceptions ('Chained Heat', 'Maniac' and 'The Exterminator' immediately spring to mind), and 'Ms.45 ' (a.k.a. 'Angel Of Vengeance') is in my mind THE single best exploitation movie of the decade. Abel Ferrara, who later made brilliant movies like 'Bad Lieutenant' and 'The Funeral', had previously made a porno movie and the infamous "video nasty" 'The Driller Killer' before this, which could well be the best rape revenge movie ever made. Ferrara's genius touch was the casting of the late Zoe Tamerlis. She is stunningly beautiful and her face is very expressive. Making her character mute makes the movie an unforgettable experience. It's really difficult trying to "sell" this stunning movie to someone. You'll either love it or you just won't "get it". I think it works very well as a post-'Death Wish' vigilante movie, but just as 'The Driller Killer' is more than "just" a slasher, this movie has a lot more to it, and that is almost completely down to Zoe Tamerlis. 'Ms. 45' might be b-grade trash to many, but it is uncompromised, something you very rarely see these days. I think it stands alongside 'Repo Man', 'Videodrome', 'Blue Velvet', 'The Evil Dead', 'The Ninth Configuration', 'Raising Arizona' and 'The King Of Comedy' as one of the most extraordinary movies released in a decade dominated by mediocre popcorn movies forced on viewers by Spielberg, Lucas, Hughes, Bruckheimer and Simpson.

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