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This picture was made and released about 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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Director J. Lee Thompson fell ill during the making of this film, the picture was finished by the 2nd unit director.
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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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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), Cabo Blanco (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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The elders of this movie's religious groups are played by three stars of old Western movies, Charles Dierkop, Jeff Corey and John Ireland (I)', who play Orville Beecham, Willis Beecham and Zenas Beecham respectively.
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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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Charles Bronson plays a 'Denver Tribune' crime reporter in this 'J Lee Thompson' film evoking the crime writer character he played in St. Ives (1976), the first movie he made with Thompson.
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Charles Bronson was about sixty-six years of age when he appeared in this movie.
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This movie 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 this word in the title.
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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.
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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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