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 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
Stanley Timms Stanley Timms ... Pimp
Faith Peters Faith Peters ... Prostitute
Lawrence Zavaglia Lawrence Zavaglia ... Arab
Alex Jachno Alex Jachno ... Chauffeur
Jack Thibeau ... Man in Bar
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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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Crime will no longer roam the streets. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

In the scene in which Thana escapes with her neighbor's dog, a red truck is seen circulating on the street, on whose front the name Ferrara is written. See more »

Goofs

One band member is playing the trumpet, but what you hear is obviously a saxophone. There is no trumpet sound in the song the band is playing. See more »

Quotes

Bag Lady: Don't know why they want to persecute me because I don't talk to women. All women do is laugh, and sing, and say the word 'Pussy'. Y'ask any doctor, and he'll tell you that.
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Alternate Versions

The US DVD, released by Artisan, features a cut version of the film. The two rape scenes were trimmed, the second even misses some dialogue ("This oughta make you talk, huh?"). The murder of the guy in the yellow T-shirt at the Halloween party shoot-out is now offscreen. See more »

Connections

References The Driller Killer (1979) See more »

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THE best exploitation movie of the 1980s!
1 September 2003 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

The 1970s were THE decade for American exploitation movies with the likes of Roger Corman, Jack Hill, and Larry Cohen Jr creating some of the most entertaining trash ever made. For the most part the 1980s were a big let down in this department. Porkys-like sex comedies and awful buddy action movies and the like generally failed to reach the heights of the glory days of A.I.P. There were a few exceptions ('Chained Heat', 'Maniac' and 'The Exterminator' immediately spring to mind), and 'Ms.45 ' (a.k.a. 'Angel Of Vengeance') is in my mind THE single best exploitation movie of the decade. Abel Ferrara, who later made brilliant movies like 'Bad Lieutenant' and 'The Funeral', had previously made a porno movie and the infamous "video nasty" 'The Driller Killer' before this, which could well be the best rape revenge movie ever made. Ferrara's genius touch was the casting of the late Zoe Tamerlis. She is stunningly beautiful and her face is very expressive. Making her character mute makes the movie an unforgettable experience. It's really difficult trying to "sell" this stunning movie to someone. You'll either love it or you just won't "get it". I think it works very well as a post-'Death Wish' vigilante movie, but just as 'The Driller Killer' is more than "just" a slasher, this movie has a lot more to it, and that is almost completely down to Zoe Tamerlis. 'Ms. 45' might be b-grade trash to many, but it is uncompromised, something you very rarely see these days. I think it stands alongside 'Repo Man', 'Videodrome', 'Blue Velvet', 'The Evil Dead', 'The Ninth Configuration', 'Raising Arizona' and 'The King Of Comedy' as one of the most extraordinary movies released in a decade dominated by mediocre popcorn movies forced on viewers by Spielberg, Lucas, Hughes, Bruckheimer and Simpson.


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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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Navaron Films See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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