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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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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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Avenging Angels  »

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$3,074,681 (USA)
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Director J. Lee Thompson fell ill during the making of this film, the picture was finished by the 2nd unit director. 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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Very Good Bronson Thriller, That's At Times Creepy With An Amazing Performance From Charles Bronson!
8 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

This is a very good Bronson thriller, that's at times creepy, with an amazing performance from Charles Bronson!. It's pretty engaging, and at times very creepy, and the ending was very memorable, plus it had quite a few shocking moments. The first 10 minutes were absolutely fantastic, it had lots of tension and was very creepy, and it was cool to see Bronson do something different, plus it was unpredictable throughout!. If your looking for lots of action, look elsewhere, however if your looking for a very good thriller, look no further as the film provides plenty of thrills and suspense!, plus the finale was great and very suspenseful. I wasn't expecting much from this film, because a lot of people consider it to be one of Bronson's worst, however i enjoyed it very much and i highly recommend it!. The Direction is very good. J. Lee Thompson does a very good job here, with good camera work and keeping the film at an engaging pace!. There is a tiny bit of blood. We get quite a few bloody gunshot wounds but that's it. The Acting is excellent!. Charles Bronson is AMAZING as he always was, and is Amazing here, he is extremely likable, convincing, was intense, kicked that ass, and was tons of fun to watch! (Bronson ruled!). Trish Van Devere is okay with what she had to do, and did her job adequately. Laurence Luckinbill is good when he was on screen and did his job well. Daniel Benzali is also good with what she had to do. Charles Dierkop,Jeff Corey and John Ireland are all awesome as the Beecham's. rest of the cast are fine. Overall highly recommended!. ***1/2 out of 5


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