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Messenger of Death (1988)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Thriller  |  21 October 1988 (UK)
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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
Laurence Luckinbill ...
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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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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Avenging Angels  »

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The meaning and relevance of this movie's title is that it refers to a drawing featuring an avenging angel of death that is left at a crime scene at the beginning of the movie. The title also connects with Charles Bronson's vigilante screen persona made famous in the movie Death Wish (1974). It suggests that Bronson is a 'Messenger of Death', the word messenger also being a play on words with this, as his character is a journalist, a job which involves writing news articles, they being "messages" in a sense. See more »

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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: [punching the assassin] Bastard child killer!
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Messenger of Death (1988) **
22 January 2008 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Easily skip-able Charles Bronson movie that starts out strongly but doesn't follow through. He unconvincingly plays a Denver reporter covering a case of a Mormon family living in the Colorado mountains who had nine members massacred, including five children. He then sets out to find the killer by visiting the eccentric community and finds that much of the evidence leads to a family feud between two brothers, along with ties to a water company. Why Chuck's character would feel so personally bent on dealing out vengeance when it's not his own flesh and blood didn't ever strike me as authentic. J. Lee Thompson directs (as usual) and manages to serve up some pretty scenery along with a good cast including John Ireland and Jeff Corey, but this is rather weak tea. ** out of ****


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