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Director J. Lee Thompson fell ill during the making of this film, the picture was finished by second unit director, Robert C. Ortwin Jr..
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This movie represented the eighth and penultimate of nine teamings of director 'J Lee Thompson' with star actor Charles Bronson. Prior to this movie they had made together St. Ives (1976), The White Buffalo (1977), Caboblanco (1980), 10 to Midnight (1983), The Evil That Men Do (1984), Murphy's Law (1986) and Death Wish 4: The Crackdown (1987). After this picture, they made their final collaboration, Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects (1989).
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Charles Bronson plays a 'Denver Tribune' crime reporter in "Messenger of Death" (aka "Avenging Angels") [See: Messenger of Death (1988)] evoking the crime writer character of Raymond St Ives he played in St. Ives (1976). Both films were directed by director J. Lee Thompson.
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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.
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This picture was made and released five years after its source Rex Burns novel 'The Avenging Angel' was first published in 1983. This movie has also been known under the similar title of 'Avenging Angels'.
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This film is not the last Cannon Film that Charles Bronson did but the last one for The Cannon Group, Inc. since Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects (1989) was made by Cannon Entertainment.
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The elders of this movie's religious groups are played by three stars of old Western movies, Charles Dierkop, Jeff Corey and John Ireland, who play Orville Beecham, Willis Beecham and Zenas Beecham respectively.
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Actress Trish Van Devere and actor Laurence Luckinbill were reunited about a decade or ten years after playing lovers in a 1978 episode of Columbo (1971) entitled "Make Me a Perfect Murder" [See: Columbo: Make Me a Perfect Murder (1978)]. The episode was first broadcast on 25th February 1978.
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This movie, "Messenger of Death" (aka "Avenging Angels") [See: Messenger of Death (1988)], was Charles Bronson's second picture outside the 'Death Wish' franchise to feature the word 'Death' in the title. The first was Death Hunt (1981) made and released about seven years earlier. This was also the penultimate movie that featured the word 'Death' in the title for Bronson. The final time would be Death Wish V: The Face of Death (1994), where the word appears twice. Bronson made seven movies with the word "Death" in the title.
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Charles Bronson was sixty-seven-years-old when he appeared in this movie.
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The movie has little in common with its source Rex Burns 1983 novel "The Avenging Angel" on which it is based.
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This Charles Bronson movie was theatrically released between between his pictures Death Wish 4: The Crackdown (1987) and Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects (1989).
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This was not the first movie to have a 'Messenger of Death' title like this. The Messenger of Death (1914), Azrailin habercisi (1963) (aka The Messenger of Death) and Demonoid: Messenger of Death (1980) precede it.
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Death Hunt (1981) and "Messenger of Death" (aka "Avenging Angels") [See: Messenger of Death (1988)] are the only cinema movies starring Charles Bronson outside his five film "Death Wish" film franchise to have the word "Death" in the title. However, Bronson did star in a television episode of The Untouchables (1959) entitled "The Death Tree" [See: The Untouchables: The Death Tree (1962)].
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One of two cinema movies starring actor Charles Bronson that also featured actor Gene Davis. The pictures are 10 to Midnight (1983) and "Messenger of Death" (aka "Avenging Angels") [See: Messenger of Death (1988)]. Both films were directed by director J. Lee Thompson and in both movies Davis portrayed a killer.
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