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The Avenging Angel (1995)

Not Rated | | Western | TV Movie 22 January 1995
Miles Utley is a professional Mormon commando/bodyguard who is forced to turn renegade and to question his faith as he investigates a scandal involving assassination and land speculation.

Director:

Craig R. Baxley

Writers:

Gary Stewart (novel), Dennis Nemec (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Berenger ... Miles Utley
James Coburn ... Porter Rockwell
Fay Masterson ... Miranda Young
Kevin Tighe ... Benjamin Rigby
Jeffrey Jones ... Brother Milton Long
Tom Bower ... Bill Hickman
Leslie Hope ... Liza Rigby
Daniel Quinn ... Alpheus Young
Andrew Prine ... Andrew Pike
Lisa Banes ... Rebecca Heaton
Drew Snyder ... Will Heaton
Tracey Ellis ... Hannah Parker
Charlton Heston ... Brigham Young
Patrick Gorman ... Jonathan Parker
Miles Feulner Miles Feulner ... Josh Heaton
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Revisionist western about a freelance bodyguard hired to protect a Mormon prophet from a gang of would-be assassins in 19th Century Utah. Written by Jonathan Broxton <j.w.broxton@sheffield.ac.uk>

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Genres:

Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Angelos ekdikisis See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The film is not entirely fictitious: Brigham Young was president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and he did have a home in St. George. See more »

Goofs

After Miles kills Alpheus and checks his pulse and declares him dead Miles rides off and they zoom in and you can see Alpheus's chest rising and falling with each breath so he's breathing still. See more »

Quotes

Bill Hickman: Blood atonement. That made it easy. Save a wicked man's soul by spilling his blood and raise you own self up in the process. Salvation for the victim, exaltation for the slayer. A good deal for both parties.
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Meh....not bad
27 February 2007 | by ChrierauxSee all my reviews

The movie is okay. It's not very accurate, but what do you expect from an old western staring Charlton Heston? Tom Berenger is good as a young member of the "Avenging Angels" learning about intrigue and scandal in his group. Kind of like Mission: Impossible, but in the West.

James Coburn is excellent as Orin Porter Rockwell, an interesting enough character, they could have made the whole movie about him.

Charlton Heston is Brigham Young....if you liked him as Moses, you'll like him here. If not, you won't.

The basic plot of the movie is based on inaccuracies and exaggerations. There may or may not have been a group of "Avenging Angels" in early Utah. Whether there was or not, the group was not an official Church unit and neither murder, nor blood atonement, has been enforced or used by the Church at large.

As long as you understand it's fictional, though, it's a decently interesting movie.


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