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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 »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ms .45 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

The dog Bogey was found in a dog pound. See more »

Goofs

When Thana pulls dead burglar into bathroom and rests him stomach first over bathtub and steps away, actor can be seen breathing with his back slightly moving up and down. 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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Alternate Versions

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Death Wish in stockings and high heels.
22 December 2008 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

If it's gritty, authentic 80s exploitation you're after, then look no further than Abel Ferrara's excellent rape/revenge thriller, Ms.45, which stars the stunning Zoe Tamerlis as Thana, a mute seamstress who goes on a killing spree after being sexually assaulted twice in one day. This feminist version of Death Wish is an ultra-stylish, mega-violent, and super-cool classic of the genre that never pulls its punches, and is highly recommended to fans of similarly themed cult movies such as The Exterminator, Thriller: A Cruel Picture, and I Spit On Your Grave.

Whilst Ferrara's tale is admittedly the stuff of pure B-movie trash, with Thana ultimately becoming an insane, man-hating, killing-machine spewing bullets indiscriminately at any male who crosses her path, the film manages to transcend its low budget roots to become a genuine work of art thanks to its superb visuals, an unforgettable performance from the beguiling lead actress, and brilliant use of a jazzy soundtrack.

Like many great exploitation pics of the era, the film makes excellent use of a very seedy looking New York, with worthless punks, violent pimps, and sexist scumbags hanging on every street corner, just begging for a slug from a .45 right between the eyes (which reminds me, is yelling 'hey, baby doll' to passing women a recommended dating technique in the Big Apple?). Drawing his inspiration from the thoroughly sleazy vibe of early 80s downtown Manhattan, Ferrara delivers an unforgettable experience that offers viewers several truly iconic moments of exploitation cinema, including Thana's transition from meek dressmaker to blood-red lipstick wearing vigilante (accompanied by a screeching saxophone), the stunning execution of a street-gang in Central Park, and the amazing finale where Thana, wearing a sexy nun outfit, loses her cool at a fancy dress party.

Slick, riveting and totally unmissable, Ms.45 gets an almost-perfect 9/10 from me (it would've got a 10 if it hadn't been for Editta Sherman's irritating performance as Thana's nosey landlady, Mrs. Nasone—I don't understand why SHE couldn't have accidentally caught a stray bullet in the head!).


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