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Angel (1984)

15 year-old Molly is the best in her class in high school. Nobody suspects that the model pupil earns her money at night: as prostitute "Angel" on Sunset Blvd. The well-organized separation... See full summary »

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Robert Vincent O'Neill (as Robert Vincent O'Neil)

Writers:

Robert Vincent O'Neill (as Robert Vincent O'Neil), Joseph Michael Cala (as Joseph M. Cala)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cliff Gorman ... Lt. Andrews
Susan Tyrrell ... Solly Mosler
Dick Shawn ... Mae
Rory Calhoun ... Kit Carson
Donna Wilkes ... Molly 'Angel' Stewart
John Diehl ... The Killer
Elaine Giftos ... Patricia Allen
Donna McDaniel Donna McDaniel ... Crystal
Graem McGavin ... Lana
Mel Carter Mel Carter ... Collins
Steven M. Porter ... Yoyo Charlie
David Underwood David Underwood ... Ric Sawyer
David Anthony David Anthony ... Howie
Joshua Cadman ... Spike (as Josh Cadman)
Greg Lewis ... Themopolis
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Storyline

15 year-old Molly is the best in her class in high school. Nobody suspects that the model pupil earns her money at night: as prostitute "Angel" on Sunset Blvd. The well-organized separation of her two lives is shattered when two of her friends are slain by a necrophile serial killer. She's the only eye witness and becomes a target herself. The investigating Detective Andrews helps her, not only to survive, but also to query why she keeps on humiliating herself and to stop it. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Taglines:

High School Honor Student by Day. Hollywood Hooker by Night. See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 January 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Angel - Straße ohne Ende See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,214,824, 15 January 1984, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$17,488,564
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (CFI)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Craig Safan composed the film's score in under a week. See more »

Goofs

During the final chase scene Molly/Angel is using a large caliber, long barreled revolver which should chamber a maximum of six shots. She fires six times during the chase. Then the gun is taken away from her a fired a seventh time. There is no indication Molly was carrying extra rounds, or stopped to reload if she had. See more »

Quotes

Mae: Remind me never to get murdered!
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Alternate Versions

The version sometimes shown on commercial televison contains footage omitted from the theatrical release, most notably the epilogue sequence. In this scene, Lt. Andrews is driving Molly to his parents' house, where she'll now be living. Another scene that takes in the police station has Molly returning to Lt. Andrews' office to apologize for a rude remark ("You're just a damn cop!") she made earlier. See more »

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Something Sweet
Written by Pamela Neal, Bernard Dunaux, Matt Preble and Bebe Cross
Performed by The Allies
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Critically un-acclaimed success
29 June 2005 | by emailandersonsalesSee all my reviews

While not being a Hollywood triumph, Angel is a wonderful film. Showing life on the streets is a large premise of the film, it takes care to preserve some humor as well. Not in the sense that it is a funny movie, as it is not; but it shows life as... well, life.

As most people who watch movies can relate, the enjoyment of a movie is not as a critic would describe. If you can feel the emotions of the characters, you can love them. If you can relate to the characters, you can befriend them. If you can care about the characters, the writers did their job, and you are now hooked. While Angel will not likely be a model in film school as one of the great classics, nor as an example of how to make a great movie, it is a highly entertaining film. You can feel the characters, even though they are not deeply constructed. The exception being Angel herself, whom you can see the wear and tear she goes through as an honor student and a prostitute.

I firmly believe that there is a message to be heard here, a storyline full of life, fun and adventure. Granted, it is not the best kept together, it does do the trick of conveying the message of the story across. The film allows you to care for the star, feel for the star, and cry with the star. A compassionate film that has supporting cast as abstract as could be, a little far fetched, maybe... but who really knows what kind of characters are really out there on the streets. But their conveyances of who they are allows you to realize their sense of why they are there. They are scared, they need the money, or they love it. Each supporting role as different as the others, but allows you to see the richness of the film in its entirety.

I thoroughly enjoyed this film numerous times, and am sure that you will too. Regardless of critical un-acclaim, most filmgoers can still see the enjoyment in a movie. Give every movie a chance. Especially Angel, as it is one of the finer forms of the un-acclaimed heroes in rental today


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