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Robert Vincent O'Neill (written by) and
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Release Date:
11 January 1985 (USA) See more »
She came from the streets of Hollywood...and now she's going back to the "boulevard" with a vengeance! See more »
Molly, former baby prostitute "Angel" from Sunset Boulevard, has managed to leave her street life with help of Lt... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Heavens to Betsy—just look at Angel now! See more (8 total) »


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Betsy Russell ... Molly "Angel" Stewart

Rory Calhoun ... Kit Carson

Susan Tyrrell ... Solly Mosler

Ossie Davis ... Captain Harry Moradian

Robert F. Lyons ... Lt. Hugh Andrews

Steven M. Porter ... Yo-Yo Charlie
Paul Lambert ... Arthur Gerrard

Barry Pearl ... Johnny Glitter

Estee Chandler ... Cindy

Tim Rossovich ... Teddy Butts
Frank Doubleday ... Miles Gerrard
Howard Honig ... Sergeant Hal Baylor

Ross Hagen ... Ray Mitchell
Tracy Robert Austin ... Pat
Michael A. Andrews ... Mike

Paul 'Mousie' Garner ... Joe Borenstein

Hoke Howell ... 7 Finger Sid

Liz Sheridan ... Nurse
Richard DeHaven ... Terry
Joseph Michael Cala ... Sanitarium Guard

Deborah Voorhees ... Roxie (as Debi Sue Voorhees)
Edward Blackoff ... Studs
Billy Beck ... Tall Man

Robert Tessier ... Tattoo Artist
Laura Burkett ... Blonde Hooker
Lynda Wiesmeier ... Debbie
Dick Valentine ... Cop
Jeanne Lucas ... Shopping Cart Sally

Karin Mani ... Janie Soon Lee
Bill Cakmis ... Security Guard
Leroy Daniels ... Bootblack
Charlene Jones ... Hooker
Ian Peters ... Businessman
Tony Lorea ... Man in Bowler

Carl Bressler ... Professor Garfield

Claudia Templeton ... Claudia
Charlene Shires ... Spectator
Richard Acunto ... Spectator
Jessica O'Neil ... Little Buck

Directed by
Robert Vincent O'Neill 
Writing credits
Robert Vincent O'Neill (written by) and
Joseph Michael Cala (written by) (as Joseph M. Cala)

Produced by
Sandy Howard .... producer
Don Levin .... executive producer
Michael S. Murphey .... associate producer
Mel Pearl .... executive producer
Keith Rubinstein .... producer
Joel Soisson .... associate producer
Original Music by
Christopher Young 
Cinematography by
Peter Lyons Collister 
Film Editing by
John R. Bowey 
Production Design by
Stephen Marsh 
Art Department
Matt Gulbin .... on-set carpenter
Sound Department
Gregg Rudloff .... sound re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Doug Hubbard .... special effects
Michael Adams .... stunts
Simone Boisseree .... stunts
May Boss .... stunts (as May Raymond Boss)
Michael Cassidy .... stunts
Phil Chong .... stunts
Vince Deadrick Jr. .... stunt coordinator
Vince Deadrick Sr. .... stunts
Richard Drown .... stunts
Ron Ellis .... stunts
Dawn Grant .... stunts
Gene Hartline .... stunts
Eddie Hice .... stunts
Marcia Holley .... stunts
Larry Holt .... stunts
Mike Johnson .... stunts
Karin Mani .... stunts
Denver Mattson .... stunts
Regis Parton .... stunts
Walter Robles .... stunts
Bobby Sargent .... stunts
Packy Smith .... stunts
Peter Stader .... stunts
Bob Terhune .... stunts
Rock A. Walker .... stunts
Richard Washington .... stunts
Jesse Wayne .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Matt Gulbin .... grip: construction
Philip Lee .... second assistant camera
John 'Fest' Sandau .... best boy electric
Paul Villandry .... electrician
Music Department
Stephen E. Smith .... music supervisor
Jeff Vaughn .... score mixer
Other crew
Kristen Andersen .... production assistant
Brett Laumann .... production assistant
Victoria Plummer .... production coordinator
Brian Robertshaw .... stand-in
Lori A. Wagner .... stand-in

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93 min
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Little Buck, a boy, was actually played by a baby girl (Robert Vincent O'Neill''s first granddaughter, Jessica O'Neil).See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Ray Mitchell:Look, we're lookin' for this street freak. He's dressed up like a Christmas tree? The name's Johnny Glitter?
Teddy Butts:He's got this sparkle crap all over him.
Blonde Hooker:Look honey, I'm not the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and I don't give nothin' away for free.
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Heavens to Betsy—just look at Angel now!, 25 September 2011
Author: BA_Harrison from Hampshire, England

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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