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Act of Vengeance (1974)

Linda gets raped by a man in a hockey mask. She finds that a few other women have had the same treatment. Together they form a squad that starts looking for the man and also changes the mind of would-be rapists.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Linda
... Jack
... Nancy (as Jennifer Lee)
... Karen
Connie Strickland ... Teresa
... Angie
... Tiny
... Bud
... Tom
... Sgt. Long (as Ross Elliot)
... Dr. Schetman
Ninette Bravo ... Joyce
... Bernie / Foul Mouth
... Gloria
Anneka Di Lorenzo ... Chris (as Anneka DeLorrenzo)


Linda gets raped by a man in a hockey mask. She finds that a few other women have had the same treatment. Together they form a squad that starts looking for the man and also changes the mind of would-be rapists.

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These women all had one thing in common, they had each been violated in the same savage way. When they looked for justice it wasn't there so they took the law into their own hands and made the revenge fit the crime! See more »


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18 August 1974 (USA)  »

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Rape Squad  »

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The film was shot under the title "Rape Squad." After American Internation Pictures got cold feet over releasing a film with the word "rape" in the title the title was changed to "Act of Vengeance" shortly before its release. After the film did not do as well as AIP hoped, the film was released as "Rape Squad" in hopes of drumming up some publicity. See more »


In the scene where the group trashes a man's apartment, a male crew member with a mustache is visible in a mirror's reflection when one of the women breaks the mirror. See more »


Jack: Now, you are about to have the very very best. But I think a little music would be appropriate. So why don't you sing me some Jingle Bells. Come on, you just sing it for me.
Linda: [crying] Nooooo...
Jack: I said sing Jingle Bells!
Linda: Jingle Bells...
Jack: That's right.
Linda: Jingle Bells...
Jack: That's right. That's good. Yeah, music is always good for balling.
Linda: Oh what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh!
Linda: Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells...
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Referenced in Friday the 13th Part III (1982) See more »

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This movies DOES have its cake and eat it too
16 April 2011 | by See all my reviews

This is an interesting movie. On one hand, it is a completely earnest. TV-movie style flick about a group of women who have all been victimized by the "Jingle Bell rapist" and ban together to fight against piggish male behavior in general and eventually take on their hockey-masked, Christmas-caroling assailant. Of course, the women are also sexy as hell, frequently undressed, and ALWAYS under-dressed, which supposedly compromises the feminist message. Why? I'd reckon 100 percent of heterosexual men like to see sexy, undressed women, while maybe 2 percent (a lot of whom are already in prison) really want to see ANY woman violently raped (and I'm not talking about one of those ridiculous Japanese "rape" scenarios here). So for 98 percent of men there is no contradiction here. Many present-day filmmakers feel they need bow down to the altar of man-hating "feminists" like Andrea Dworkin who conflate any expression of male heterosexuality with rape, but I thank god 70's filmmakers didn't. And as for female viewers, are they only allowed to relate to rape victims if they are unattractive, butch lesbians who dress like Lizzie Borden on a cold day?

There are some ridiculous scenes (I know I always meet with MY vigilante gang while sitting naked in a hot tub). The end where the gang goes to a deserted zoo to confront the "Jingle Bell rapist" without the one woman who knows karate is pretty dumb. But this movie is also much more believable than most rape-revenge films in that the women don't immediately and easily turn into remorseless fighting/killing machines. Nothing is less believable than the modern-day "butt-kicking babe" stereotype where a 105lb. fashion model takes on guys three times her size just because she knows karate (and, of course, these big guys never do).

The gang here is led by Joanne Harris, who played the young girl who successfully seduces Clint Eastwood in "The Beguiled". I've seen Filipino actress Jennifer Lee in various films. Perennial cheesecake actresses Connie Strickland and Anneka DiLorenzo were both in the similar (but more misogynistic) "The Centerfold Girls". This movie is basically a much more naked and violent version of "Charlie's Angels". But, hey, there's nothing wrong with that. . .

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