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In the seventies and early eighties, a sub-genre of the action exploitation market was the revenge thriller. In mainstream movies, the Death Wish franchise which kicked off so strongly in 1974 kept Charles Bronson seeking vigilante style justice for almost two decades (with less and less payoff for its audience). And underground filmmakers also found a natural niche in these violent endeavors. One of the most notorious pictures of the era was 1978's "I Spit on Your Grave," where a woman strikes back against those who have violated her. These are but a few of the many highlights of the genre, and both were significant precursors and influences for director Abel Ferrara's similarly themed "Ms. 45." From 1981, this movie may be less well known than some of the bigger titles, but it still stands as an interesting example of vigilante excess. A new DVD/Blu-ray label, Drafthouse Films, is giving us a second look at this somewhat forgotten film and offers us quite a few extras including interviews and featurettes.

The heroine of "Ms. 45" is a mute young woman working in New York's fashion district. So unprepossessing and retiring, she barely makes an impact at all as the movie begins. Of course, the screenplay makes the streets of New York very mean indeed with over-the-top scenarios that have virtually every woman mauled any time she steps out into public. Trust me, there's nothing subtle here. Early on, the young seamstress named Thana (well played by Zoë Lund) is brutally attacked not just once, but twice in about fifteen minutes. I told you these were mean streets! As she lashes out in self-defense, it will forever change the course of her life. She finds a new sense of purpose and female empowerment as she takes back the night from the criminal element using a trusty 45 caliber gun. But as Thana enjoys a newfound confidence, it also comes at a cost. Will her lust for blood against the men who have wronged women everywhere push her over the edge? As Thana is mute, we see the subtle (and some more obvious) shifts in her demeanor and this character evolution is what makes "Ms. 45" stand out. Is Thana growing stronger or simply slipping into insanity? It's a fine line and an interesting point to pursue.

I won't reveal any more about "Ms. 45," but the movie is also assisted by Ferrara's unique visual flourish, a propulsive soundtrack, and Lund's adept performance. This was an early effort for Ferrara's who went on to do some great movies (Bad Lieutenant) as well as some painfully obtuse ones (4:44 Last Day on Earth). Here, he takes advantage of the expectations within the low budget exploitation genre and tweaks them with subversive glee. "Ms. 45," though, is certainly a product of its time. It is both garish and over-the-top, but it does work with its modest goals. As Lund transforms, the movie (though not perfect or polished) is hard to look away from and, in my estimation, that is what makes it worth a viewing for those with an interest in this type of filmmaking. KGHarris, 3/14.
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on April 8, 2014
The 2014 edition from Drafthouse finally gives MS. 45 (aka ANGEL OF VENGEANCE) the treatment it deserves on DVD and Blu-ray.
First and most important it restores the alibi cuts imposed on the movie the dreadful MPAA (including the rather harmless shot in the leg, which was notably cut out in the R rated prints), making this the first uncut print available in the US since its Unrated VHS release.
The picture quality is an improvement, yet not perfect, but probably the best it will ever be.
Fans outside America and Canada be warned - this Blu-ray/DVD is region A/1. (The French DVD is region B, Uncut and in English).
Definitely Abel Ferrara's best picture next to BAD LIEUTENANT and KING OF NEW YORK, MS. 45 has one of the most memorable finales ever filmed.
Actress Zoe Tamerlis (Lund) (R.I.P.) was the ideal cast as the main character, her portrayal of Thana is convincingly realistic and the psychological aspect is brought to screen very well, something that most rape and revenge movie just lack.
MS. 45 is one of the best movies in the revenge/vigilante genre, right up there with Charles Bronson's DEATH WISH.
There also is a 2000 DVD release available from Image Entertainment which is to be avoided (badly cut R rated version).
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on September 9, 2014
Movie 4 Stars ,BluRay 5 Stars
Ms.45 is an exploitation/revenge film along the same lines as Lipstick with Margaux Hemingway or The Seduction with Morgan Fair child. A mute woman is brutally raped twice in one day then she loses it starts wearing heavy makeup, sexy clothes and goes on a vendetta against all men.

Starring the Stunningly beautiful Zoe Lund who died tragically at age 37 from drug related heart failure.The film itself is considered a cult classic and is an interesting and entertaining view.

The Blue Ray transfer us really Good and the extras are cool including images and video of Ms Lund as a child and young adult also "Zoe XO" which is a documentary about her, voiced by her ex husband Bob which is quite interesting as he talks about her drug issues and love of Rats,yes the rodents!
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on March 21, 2016
I had seen some clips of this film on a Abel Ferrara Documentary
which i found out was this MS.45 film
i thought to buy the Blu-ray version with new extras, if i was going to watch it just to check the film out
here's the main plot
Actress/musician Zoe Lund plays a Mute girl who gets raped a few times during the film
in the last 30mins of the film she finally snaps & gets herself a 45 revolver and shoots male offenders who thinks are going to rape her
or sexually assault her, in the last scene before the credits roll Zoe is at a Halloween party for her Work, she works for a fashion company
anyway her Boss makes a move on her trying to rape her well she snaps and starts shooting everyone at the party
one of her colleagues at the party gets a kitchen knife and stabs her zoe falls to the ground and dies & then the credits roll
i don't know what to think of the film actually, the rape scenes with Zoe Lund a very Graphic she was only 18 at the time
Drafthouse films who have Distributed this blu-ray version have restored the Unrated print for the first time in the U.S.
which contains the Graphic rape scenes & kill scenes, Honestly i had to fast forward some of the Graphic scenes
I can say that Drafthouse HD transfer of the film is excellent, very nice sharp & clear picture quality in 1:85:1 ratio
probably much better quality than the old dvd version
plus the sound quality is Master audio 2.0 stereo mix which sounds very Good

Drafthouse have also added new special features
new interview with Director Abel Ferrara recorded for this blu-ray release
the interview is short & sweet, Abel doesn't say much about MS.45 maybe cause he has nothing really to say about the film
he talks about the screenplay by Nick st John and says none of the scenes were improvised and that all the scenes were shot
page by page in the screenplay
Abel talks about Zoe Lund and says the main success of the film was on Zoe Lund
he keeps talking about Zoe and her Drug addiction
Abel also talks about Zoe's Heroin & Cocaine abuse after the film was released etc
and then he says the film is-what it is and then the credits roll, 7min 40sec interview
sounds to me Abel was not really interested talking about the film otherwise the interview would be longer, more detailed
there's also another 2 interviews, interview with Joe Delia who composed the music score-10mins
and a interview with creative consultant Jack Mcintyre-10min 30sec
there's also 2 short Documentaries on Zoe Lund
first is ZOE XO recorded back in 2004 which is Zoe's husband Robert Lund talking about Zoe's life and her Drug addiction
before she died at age 37 in 1999
Robert talks in great detail about Zoe's cocaine addiction and how she was snorting lots of it in her last days
hence her Heart attack back in 1999 only goes for 6mins but still interesting to watch and listen to
ZOE RISING which is a new 2011 short Doco on Zoe's Life told by Zoes' mother- 5mins
there's also the original Theatrical trailer & 32 page booklet about the new HD transfer and the film
there's also reversible cover art inside the case you can switch around the original poster art of the film if you like.
so if you love this Abel Ferrara classic, time to upgrade buy this new blu-ray version
3 stars for the film itself
4 stars for this new blu-ray version based on a new HD transfer & new extras
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on April 29, 2015
Ms .45 gets five stars from me because that's the most and the best you can give it. This movie is unconditionally recommended to you by me as a must-see. If you watch some of it and don't like it, that's okay; just chalk that up to "this one's not for everybody" and go on to something else (definitely twenty minutes is enough; the abuse the main character Thana = Zoe Lundberg suffers right near the beginning is hard to watch; and then she takes charge and we're really onto something, but ... you get the idea; it's really challenging but definitely worth it.) Did you get that? the "must see" part? You know how many movies I have ever said "must see" about? Five, at the MOST. Actually, the list is pretty much exhausted after High Plains Drifter; even Pulp Fiction -- and several others -- is five stars but not absolutely "must see". Well, Ms .45 is not to be missed. Like High Plains Drifter, though, you will have to watch it at least twice to get the nuanced performances and situations. That's funny, too, because when you watch it closely you'll see that these actors are actually OVERacting, if anything; or maybe I'm just not that observant or sharp. Check out Thana/Ms. 45's boss, I think his name is Harold -- the couturier dude; very complex character actually. Never mind what he seems like at first glance or first screening.
I wasn't going to write hardly anything, just say "must see" and let it go at that. Well, let me stick to that -- just watch this movie.
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on November 30, 2014
I am a huge fan of Abel Ferrara. Zoe Lund was only 19 when she made Ms. 45. It shows a director learning the ropes, during a wild time in NYC, long before Times Square was disneyized by Guiliani. It is good they have it on Amazon Prime streaming. When he made "King of New York" (with a terrific cast), I loved it, even though it was "Hollywoodized" to a degree, and did not get good reviews from most "film critics". Ferrara was furious he had to cut several scenes out to get it down to an "R" rating (so the producers would make much more) money. He pulled out all the stops with "Bad Lieutenant", with an NC-17 rating (very well deserved). I saw it 3 nights in a row on opening weekend at The Angelica Theatre; the only independent theatre in NYC to show it. It blew me away. Absolutely the best performance by Keitel since "Mean Streets"; maybe his best ever. Plus,it is so well directed. The Angelica had a very enlightened clientele. Knowing this, I was stunned when a couple of rows of people walked out, it was so strong. I'll never forget what Mr. Ferrara said in an interview upon it's release: "I am not going to let a bunch of fat-as%&d LA housewives tell me how to make a film". It has Zoe Lund in 2 scenes. The sad thing is, Ms. Lund died at age 37.I was incensed Bad Lt." did not get a single Academy Award nomination. years later, I saw a cable show with Martin Scorcese and Roger Ebert, and they were listing their top 10 films for the 1990- 2000 decade. Scorcese's top 2 picks were both by Japanese directors; his 3rd pick was "Bad Lieutenant" as the best film made in the USA in that decade. I fel redeemed.
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One evening, Thana (Zoe Lund) goes home from her job as a seamstress, only to be attacked and raped. Twice! By two different scumbags! During the second incident, Thana gets the upper hand, killing her attacker. Thus begins her downward spiral into homicidal revenge and madness. The already reclusive Thana becomes even more solitary, as gruesome hallucinations plague her fragile, fracturing mind. Soon, she becomes an angel of death-type vigilante, taking care of other assorted creeps / weirdos in ways that earn her the MS. 45 label. Thana evolves from a frumpy mouse into a seductively fierce, deadly predator. Before long, we almost feel sorry for her victims! Almost. This makes it especially humorous to watch Thana being scolded by her D-bag boss. He has no idea what he's messing with! Director, Abel Ferrara (DRILLER KILLER) makes the best of his low budget, adding quite a well-made shocker to the rape / revenge sub-genre, competing handily against such films as THRILLER: A CRUEL PICTURE, I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE, LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, etc. MS. 45 even enters the stellar heights of other vigilante classics like DEATH WISH or THE BRAVE ONE. Hell, this might even rival TAXI DRIVER! The costume party finale, complete w/ Thana in full nun's habit, is bloody brilliant! Cold, mean, and violent, MS. 45 is a must for any lover of this sort of grind-house cinema...
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In the seventies and early eighties, a sub-genre of the action exploitation market was the revenge thriller. In mainstream movies, the Death Wish franchise which kicked off so strongly in 1974 kept Charles Bronson seeking vigilante style justice for almost two decades (with less and less payoff for its audience). And underground filmmakers also found a natural niche in these violent endeavors. One of the most notorious pictures of the era was 1978's "I Spit on Your Grave," where a woman strikes back against those who have violated her. These are but a few of the many highlights of the genre, and both were significant precursors and influences for director Abel Ferrara's similarly themed "Ms. 45." From 1981, this movie may be less well known than some of the bigger titles, but it still stands as an interesting example of vigilante excess. A new DVD/Blu-ray label, Drafthouse Films, is giving us a second look at this somewhat forgotten film and offers us quite a few extras including interviews and featurettes.

The heroine of "Ms. 45" is a mute young woman working in New York's fashion district. So unprepossessing and retiring, she barely makes an impact at all as the movie begins. Of course, the screenplay makes the streets of New York very mean indeed with over-the-top scenarios that have virtually every woman mauled any time she steps out into public. Trust me, there's nothing subtle here. Early on, the young seamstress named Thana (well played by Zoë Lund) is brutally attacked not just once, but twice in about fifteen minutes. I told you these were mean streets! As she lashes out in self-defense, it will forever change the course of her life. She finds a new sense of purpose and female empowerment as she takes back the night from the criminal element using a trusty 45 caliber gun. But as Thana enjoys a newfound confidence, it also comes at a cost. Will her lust for blood against the men who have wronged women everywhere push her over the edge? As Thana is mute, we see the subtle (and some more obvious) shifts in her demeanor and this character evolution is what makes "Ms. 45" stand out. Is Thana growing stronger or simply slipping into insanity? It's a fine line and an interesting point to pursue.

I won't reveal any more about "Ms. 45," but the movie is also assisted by Ferrara's unique visual flourish, a propulsive soundtrack, and Lund's adept performance. This was an early effort for Ferrara's who went on to do some great movies (Bad Lieutenant) as well as some painfully obtuse ones (4:44 Last Day on Earth). Here, he takes advantage of the expectations within the low budget exploitation genre and tweaks them with subversive glee. "Ms. 45," though, is certainly a product of its time. It is both garish and over-the-top, but it does work with its modest goals. As Lund transforms, the movie (though not perfect or polished) is hard to look away from and, in my estimation, that is what makes it worth a viewing for those with an interest in this type of filmmaking. KGHarris, 3/14.
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on March 16, 2015
This is the worst movie I have ever given five stars to. But I have to admit, I loved it. Zoey Lund really blew me away. She starts out so plain and introspect and becomes a raging beauty. Who likes to kill people. Sleazy people. Which seems to be everyone she meets in 1980 NYC. A very interesting film.
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on June 28, 2014
nice film about a young mute girl who comes out of the convent then becomes a victim , who then turns into a vigilante/serial killer of all who try and force her into submission ....... good revenge chic flick
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