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Ms .45 (1981)

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A timid and mute seamstress goes insane after being attacked and raped twice in one day, in which she takes to the streets of New York City after dark and randomly shoots men with a .45 caliber pistol.

Director:

Abel Ferrara

Writer:

Nicholas St. John (screenplay) (as N.G. St. John)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zoë Lund ... Thana (as Zoë Tamerlis)
Bogey Bogey ... Phil
Albert Sinkys Albert Sinkys ... Albert
Darlene Stuto Darlene Stuto ... Laurie
Helen McGara Helen McGara ... Carol
Nike Zachmanoglou Nike Zachmanoglou ... Pamela
Abel Ferrara ... 1st Rapist (as Jimmy Laine)
Peter Yellen Peter Yellen ... Burglar
Editta Sherman Editta Sherman ... Mrs. Nasone
Vincent Gruppi Vincent Gruppi ... Heckler on Corner
S. Edward Singer S. Edward Singer ... Photographer
Stanley Timms Stanley Timms ... Pimp
Faith Peters Faith Peters ... Prostitute
Lawrence Zavaglia Lawrence Zavaglia ... Arab
Alex Jachno Alex Jachno ... Chauffeur
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Storyline

In Manhattan, Thana is a timid and mute woman that works as a seamstress in the fashion industry and spends most of her idle time at home. One night, she gets raped in an alley while going back home after hours and when she arrives at home, she gets raped again by another criminal. However, she reacts and bludgeons the assaulter to his death with a flatiron. The disturbed Thana loses her sanity and uses a .45 caliber pistol to shoot men on the streets of New York. She dresses suggestively and roams the dark streets alone, wreaking vengeance upon anyone who tries to take advantage of her. Eventually, her secret life overflows into her regular life in the fashion industry. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

It's no longer a man's world. No man will ever be safe again. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Angel of Vengeance See more »

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Budget:

$62,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Navaron Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of the body-part filled shopping bags that Thana carries out of her apartment is from Fiorucci, a popular store in New York at that time. See more »

Goofs

When Thana pulls the gun on the man she met in the bar, she holds it close to his head, casting a shadow on his jacket. In the next shot, neither the gun nor the shadow can be seen. Returning to the longer shot, both are seen again. See more »

Quotes

Albert: Hello, Bobby.
Party Host: And Sister?
Albert: Thana.
Party Host: That's a charming name. Is that Greek?
Albert: It's Greek to you, Bobby.
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The best of its subgenre.
7 April 2005 | by ThrownMuseSee all my reviews

After leaving work, a lonely mute New Yorker is raped twice in one afternoon. She manages to fight back against the second rapist and kills him with his own gun. She is traumatized and chops up his body and sticks it in the fridge. She tells no one, and is unable to cope with what happened. Soon, she's finding empowerment by using the gun to dispose of any man that may potentially take advantage of her or other women.

I am not a fan of the rape/revenge genre, but this compelling film miraculously manages to avoid exploitation on nearly every level. The rape scenes are disturbing but fortunately not as explicit as in many genre movies. While the content of "Ms. 45" is obviously over-the-top and exaggerated, it manages to retain a sense of dignity that rises above tacky movies like "Baise Moi" and "I Spit on Your Grave." Zoe Lund is incredible as the lead actress, depending on her versatile facial expressions to portray what mental state the character is in.

My Rating: 7.5/10.


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