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Messenger of Death

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In a sleepy Colorado town, a horrific crime has been committed…and only one man can bring the killer to justice! Action hero Charles Bronson stars as a crime reporter on a relentless search for the truth in this "crisply directed" (Los Angeles Times) suspense thriller! Could a simple feud between brothers lead to the brutal massacre of an entire family? Garret Smith (Bronson) travels to a remote Rocky Mountain town to investigate and uncovers far more sinister motives. As he gets closer to the bizarre truth, Smith unravels a plot of greed, revenge and religious zealotry. But can he get to the bottom of the murders before an "avenging angel" visits him with an equally deadly message?

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Charles Bronson stars in yet another tale of murder and vengeance. After the brutal massacre of a Colorado family, reporter Garret Smith (Bronson) investigates the blood feud between two brothers of an isolationist Mormon sect, only to uncover a conspiracy that leads to the heights of Denver society. Messenger of Death aspires to be some mixture of Witness and Chinatown; the movie has a workmanlike structure, but there's not much inspiration to be found. Bronson, puffy-faced and graying, isn't doing much more than earning a paycheck. Also featuring Trish Van Devere and Daniel Benzali. --Bret Fetzer

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  • Actors: Charles Bronson, Trish Van Devere, Laurence Luckinbill, Daniel Benzali, Marilyn Hassett
  • Directors: J. Lee Thompson
  • Writers: Paul Jarrico, Rex Burns
  • Producers: Menahem Golan, Pancho Kohner, Patricia G. Payró, Richard Driscoll, Yoram Globus
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, Full Screen, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: May 8, 2012
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007GZRH
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,427 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Messenger of Death" on IMDb

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By Chadwick H. Saxelid on March 12, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
An investigative reporter (Charles Bronson) tries to unravel the mystery behind the assassintation of an entire Mormon family. An above average murder mystery with action scenes, Messenger of Death is flawed only by an ending so abrupt it's nearly comical. Still I recommend it to the former action superstar's fans.
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Although this B-film was a bomb, it was fun and a learning experience to participate in a movie. It's great fun to see yourself onscreen, even if you have to fast-forward through the first ten minutes of gore. It kind of ruined movies for me for a couple of years because I would analyze how a scene was shot and the 'magic' was gone. However, I will treasure my copy of the film forever because a dear friend who has since passed away is standing next to me in the train station scene (I'm the lady in the camel hair coat and black hat). The most redeeming thing about this film is the scenery. Shot in the beautiful Rocky Mountains, the views are breathtaking. Makes you want to vacation in Colorful Colorado!
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A great Charles Bronson movie -- if you like Charles Bronson! This particular movie is about murders that at first appear to be religiously-based but end up being caused by more common motives. I think it's one of his best. DVD is in perfect condition, on time and as described.
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Messenger of Death (1988). Rated "R". Running Time: One hour, 31 mins.
Directed by J. Lee Thompson. Written by Rex Burns (novel), Paul Jarrico (screenplay).

One side of the disc is in 16 x 9 Widescreen. The other side is in fullscreen.

We see a peaceful and calm area outside of Denver, Colorado. Children are playing in their own playground next to a house. A truck with two men inside stop in front of the playground. We can not see the men's faces. The children become scared and run to the house. One of the men kills two women and a female neighbor in the house and then goes upstairs and kills all the children.
Chief Barney Doyle (Daniel Benzali) and reporter Garret Smith (Charles Bronson) are called to the scene of the crime.
The father of the family, Orville Beecham (Charles Dierkop), comes home from work and sees the police and ambulance. It upsets him when he sees the body of his wife and is devastated when the children have died.
Orville is taken into jail. He will not talk to the police. He believes God will deal with the killers.
One clue left behind on the blood-stained wall is a drawing of an avenging angel. Garrett Smith says it is Mormon.

Also in the cast: Trish Van Devere, Laurence Luckinbill, Marilyn Hassett, Jeff Corey, John Ireland, Gene Davis, Tom Everett, Jim Bullock, Eric Fry.

Gene Davis also appeared in another Charles Bronson movie, 10 to Midnight [HD] (1983).

Filmed in Colorado National Monument, Fruita, Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Running Springs, California.

In-Film advertising: Amtrak Superliner, Taco Bell, Texaco.

English only. Option of subtitles: English, French, Spanish.
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Charles Bronson is in my opinion the best action movie star because he didn't LOOK the type. he didn't have over-bearing muscles and a majority of his characters were appealing to the "common man" who felt helpless in the face of the system. on this tale, Charles plays a reporter named Garret Smith who investigates the brutal murder of two women and a group of little children. the murder opens up this movie and we see who does it so this isn't a mystery figure to the viewer that Charles is looking for. the fun is watching how the police and the newspaper are going to solve the case. Charles wouldn't be the same without some tough love and he dishes it out as only he can. the movie ended without a wrap-up or a conclusion. it simply ended with a murder...i won't say who. the entire movie is based on a family feud, mormons, relgious zealots, the Colorado Water Company, and two outsiders who stand to gain from the family feud. it's a complex story and it's the kind of Bronson film most people wouldn't like because it requires a person to think like a criminal or an illogical person. most viewers generally root for the cop or the good guy, right? when you deal with oddballs and deranged killers like Bronson does in mostly all of his movies, the "good guy" HAS to do things illogical or things that don't make sense in order to get in the mind of a crook and therefore solve the case as the movie progresses. having said that, "Messenger of Death" is one of Bronson's last great action movie. this movie came out in 1988 and i think that 1989 was his last big year as far as the box office goes. i could be wrong but after "Kinjite" in 1989, i can't recall any other movie of his pulling the sort of money at the box office one requires to make to land in the Top-20 list? i'll do some research on that subject later on. meanwhile, catch this movie because it's entertaining and that's the key element.
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Many may get the impression that since this is an old 1988 film we should not expect much drama. I don't think that the dating caused the film to drag somewhat, at least until the last half hour. The problem is the plot. Bronson plays a reporter rather than his usual role as an action figure and what we see is his persistence in trying to discover who killed several women and more than half a dozen children during a single attack. His perseverance is not exciting. Suspicion falls on two alienated very religious brothers each of whom believes that it is not only right to kill someone who does not believe what you believe, but people have a duty to do so. The film also has the notion that one should not seek revenge, but rely on God who will send avenging angels. Both brothers believe this but do not act as they believe.
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