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Messenger of Death (1988)

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Wifes and children of the Mormon Orville Beecham become victims of a massacre in his own house. The police believes the crime had a religious motive. Orville doesn't give any comment on the... See full summary »

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Jastra Watson
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Homer Foxx
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Chief Barney Doyle
Marilyn Hassett ...
Josephine Fabrizio (as Marilyn Hasset)
Charles Dierkop ...
Orville Beecham
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Willis Beecham
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Zenas Beecham
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Trudy Pike
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Junior Assassin
John Solari ...
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Saul
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Wiley
Duncan Gamble ...
Lieutenant Scully
Bert Williams ...
Sheriff Yates
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Wifes and children of the Mormon Orville Beecham become victims of a massacre in his own house. The police believes the crime had a religious motive. Orville doesn't give any comment on the case, is taken into protective custody. Journalist Smith persuades him to help him in the investigation - and finds out about economic motives for the murder. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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What the cops can't do, he will.

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21 October 1988 (UK)  »

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Avenging Angels  »

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$3,074,681 (USA)
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Trivia

This was not the first movie to have a 'Messenger of Death' title like this. The Messenger of Death (1914), The Messenger of Death (1963) (aka The Messenger of Death) and Demonoid: Messenger of Death (1981) precede it. See more »

Goofs

During the car chase, Smith's car is on the inside of one of the tankers on the first corner out of the tunnel, but in the next shot it's back in the middle of both tankers. See more »

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Garret Smith: [threatening] You're going to give us the name, yes?
Senior Assassin: No!
[gets kicked in the face]
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Everything okay, except the title...
4 June 2006 | by (Alkmaar, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Messenger of Death gives us a fast-paced and very efficient directed action movie (Thompson cuts the crap and always is completely to the point) with Bronson in quite a different sort of role (as a matter of fact, he kills nobody in the movie even acts as peace-keeper in some way) playing a journalist from Denver. One wonders if Cannon were only interested in getting the video rented when they came up with this title, especially in the context of the poster. People who think that Bronson himself is the Messenger will be disappointed, people interested in a decent story will pass this on for all the wrong reasons. The music score is great, the plot-twist okay and the scenery makes for something completely different after seeing Charlie death-wishing in the Big City gutters. And before I forget : Bronson's side-kick is played by the beautiful and great actress Trish van Devere. I only remember her from a Columbo episode long, long ago. Wasn't that 'Make me a perfect Murder ?'


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