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Angel (1984)

Molly, a highschooler, secretly earns her living as Angel, a street prostitute whose only family and friends are the ones she works with on the streets. She has to survive against a serial killer who is targeting people of her profession.

Writers:

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:

Her two worlds are about to collide. It's her choice. Her chance. Her life. See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Premiered at the Pacific Hollywood Theatre located at 6433 Hollywood Blvd. in Hollywood, CA. See more »

Goofs

In the beginning montage scene of LA at night before Angels first night. Just under 6 minutes into the film, a quick shot shows the dancing monks in the street. The killer disguised as a bald monk can be seen at the back dancing with them. This doesn't happen towards the end of the movie. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Andrews: You had no business being at the morgue! What the hell did you expect to accomplish?
Molly Stewart/Angel: We've got a right to claim the body. We're the only family she has!
Lt. Andrews: I can appreciate that, Angel, but I don't make the rules.
Kit Carson: You mean to say there ain't no exception?
Lt. Andrews: Look, there's nothing I can do about it. It's the law!
Mae: Then the law sucks!
Molly Stewart/Angel: You people got Lana in an icebox while you sit on your... She needs to be buried, but you don't give a damn! You got no feelings inside! Because you're nothing but a damn cop!
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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 »

Connections

References Blue Thunder (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Something Sweet
Written by Pamela Neal, Bernard Dunaux, Matt Preble and Bebe Cross
Performed by The Allies
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Jekyll&Hyde Hooker
18 June 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The film Angel is one of those guilty pleasures one never gets tired of. So popular was it that a sequel was made. Unfortunately some of the cast of this one were killed and they couldn't come back.

The title role is played by Donna Wilkes who is a straight A student in school and kind of reserved, but by night she's working Hollywood Boulevard as a teenage hooker. She has an interesting but dubious reason for doing it which I cannot reveal.

She comes to the interest of LA homicide cop Cliff Gorman because he's looking for a serial slasher killer of young women on the stroll. The killer is John Diehl who likes prostitutes, but who likes them dead before he gets down to business.

This film is delicious god awful trash, but delightful because of some of the outrageous performances by some players who get a chance to really overact and strut their stuff. Susan Tyrell as a foul mouthed lesbian landlord, Dick Shawn as an aging drag queen, and Rory Calhoun who plays an old time western performer who is completely burlesquing his former western stardom in his prime, they're all just having a ball and you enjoy seeing them.

I can't rate Angel more than what I have, but if you watch it you're in for a treat.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 January 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,214,824, 15 January 1984

Gross USA:

$17,488,564

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,488,564
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (CFI)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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