Avenging Angel (1985)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Thriller  |  11 January 1985 (USA)
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Molly, former baby prostitute "Angel" from Sunset Boulevard, has managed to leave her street life with help of Lt. Andrews. She studies law at an university and aims to become attorney. ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Captain Harry Moradian
Paul Lambert ...
Arthur Gerrard
Johnny Glitter
Tim Rossovich ...
Teddy Butts
Frank Doubleday ...
Miles Gerrard
Howard Honig ...
Sergeant Hal Baylor
Ray Mitchell
Tracy Robert Austin ...
Michael A. Andrews ...


Molly, former baby prostitute "Angel" from Sunset Boulevard, has managed to leave her street life with help of Lt. Andrews. She studies law at an university and aims to become attorney. When she learns that Andrews was shot during a failed observation by brutal gangsters, she returns downtown to take revenge. She frees Kit Carson from the old people's home and together with the other old friends she tracks down the bad guys. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Angel's back... with a vengeance See more »


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Release Date:

11 January 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Angel 2  »

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Did You Know?


Little Buck, a boy, was actually played by a baby girl (Robert Vincent O'Neill''s first granddaughter, Jessica O'Neil). See more »


18 minutes into the film when Angel is walking down Hollywood Boulevard in front of extras some are looking at the screen and the three girls in the booth actually point and wave to the camera. See more »


Molly "Angel" Stewart: You used me as bait!
Captain Harry Moradian: I'm doing my job.
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Followed by Angel III: The Final Chapter (1988) See more »


Performed by Jimmy Somerville
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Heavens to Betsy—just look at Angel now!
25 September 2011 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

Wow, Molly Stewart, AKA former prostitute 'Angel', sure has changed in the three or four years since she quit hooking on the Boulevard: now played by Betsy Russell (replacing winsome Donna Wilkes, star of the first film), she's gained a couple of cup sizes, developed longer legs, sports an impressive perm, and is training to be a lawyer, thanks to the help of her guardian, Hollywood vice cop Lt. Andrews (Robert F. Lyons).

Molly's new life goes on hold, however, after Andrews is shot dead by gangsters; teaming up with her old pals, aging cowboy Kit Carson (Rory Calhoun) and lesbian landlady Solly Mosler (Susan Tyrell), she once again walks the sleazy sidewalks of Hollywood as Angel, this time looking for revenge.

For this cheesy sequel to his 1984 exploitation movie Angel, director Robert Vincent O'Neill throws any sense of realism in the nearest side-alley dumpster, opting instead for a much campier approach, his eccentric misfit characters even more exaggerated than before, his villains ridiculously reprehensible, and the violence about as cartoonish as it gets.

The film begins promisingly enough, with a car full of gangsters loading their weapons while heading downtown to 'off' a big-breasted undercover cop (who is busy taking a shower, natch!), a blaring Bronski Beat soundtrack giving everything that delightfully tacky 80s vibe. When the killers make their move, they blast their victims in the guts, resulting in some messy squib-work. Unfortunately, after this impressive opening, everything gets rather too comical for my liking (Rory Calhoun riding a gurney like a rodeo champ, as Angel and Solly bust him out of a sanitarium being the most cringe-worthy moment).

Still, even though Avenging Angel lacks the gritty edge that I generally look for in my vigilante/revenge flicks, and gets really, really dumb towards the end, the ever present sight of the delectable Miss Russell in a series of tight-as-you-like outfits, including a very sexy nurse get-up, makes the film just about bearable (no nudity from the star, but hey, I've always got her 1983 film Private School for that!).

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