Avenging Angel (1985)




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Betsy Russell takes over as part-time prostitute Molly Stewart in this disappointing sequel to the surprisingly good Angel (1984). Old pals Rory Calhoun and Susan Tyrrell are along for the search for the killer of the cop who saved Molly's life in the first film, joined by street magician Johnny Glitter (Barry Pearl). More brutal and hard-edged than the original, this installment is just another violent action movie, despite some slick camerawork and a fast pace. One peculiar touch is the frequent use of Bronski Beat's savage dance hit "Why?" which, although it has appropriately exciting music, it concerns gay-bashing and has no relation whatsoever to the storyline.
R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Betsy Russell
as Molly "Angel" Stewart
Rory Calhoun
as Kit Carson
Robert F. Lyons
as Lt. Hugh Andrews
Susan Tyrrell
as Solly Mosler
Ossie Davis
as Capt. Moradian
Barry Pearl
as Johnny Glitter
Ross Hagen
as Ray Mitchell
Tim Rossovich
as Teddy Butts
Steven M. Porter
as Yo-Yo Charlie
Paul Lambert
as Arthur Gerrard
Frank Doubleday
as Miles Gerrard
Karin Mani
as Jani Soon Lee
Carl Bressler
as Prof. Garfield
Leroy Daniels
as Bootblack
Bill Cakmis
as Security Guard
Joseph M. Cala
as Sanitarium Guard
Joseph Michael Cala
as Sanitarium Guard
Robert Tessier
as Tattoo Artist
Jan Peters
as Businessman
Hoke Howell
as Seven Fingers Sid
Laura Burkett
as Blonde Hooker
Paul "Mousie" Garner
as Joe Borenstein
Jeanne Lucas
as Shopping Cart Sally
Howard Honig
as Baylor
Tony Lorea
as Man in Bowler
Jessica O'Neil
as Little Buck
Charlene Shires
as Spectator
Richard Acunto
as Spectator
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Critic Reviews for Avenging Angel

All Critics (5)

There's not much to get excited about in this unimaginative crime story.

Full Review… | September 22, 2015
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Should've been a fun cheesy movie, but every time it actually TRIES to be funny, it wasn't funny. The movie is uneven.

Full Review… | January 18, 2013
Film Geek Central

Was Donna Wilkes not available? Where have you gone, Betsy Russell?

December 31, 2004
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

Typical exploitation stuff. The B-level camp charm of the original is absent here.

July 25, 2002

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June 1, 2005
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

Audience Reviews for Avenging Angel

Full disclosure here: I have never seen the film Angel, to which this was a sequel, and I only rented it because of an interest in Betsy Russell. That said, it's not a bad way to spend an hour and a half, even if it is populated with some silly characters that may drift more toward caricature than anything else. Long story short, the reformed prostitute Molly returns to the streets to find out who killed the cop who got her out of the game, accompanied by a cast of oddballs from her former life. Fun stuff, give it a peep.

Bill Bryant
Bill Bryant

With "Angel" being the sleeper it was in 1984, New World Pictures quickly put this sequel into production employing the same director, writer and a majority of the same cast. One key actress is absent however with Donna Wilkes passing on the film leaving the title character to be played by the beautiful, yet completely different looking Betsy Russell. Does she have the assets to make this sequel the loveable campy hit the original was? Let's just say it's hit and miss... a majority being miss. Angel, now graduating law school, has cleaned herself up and living the good life. When she gets news that the cop that got her off the streets is murdered, she sluts up again to beat the streets with the aid of her quirky friends to take down the criminal operation that killed him. Director Robert Vincent O'Neill decides, unwisely in my opinion, to make this sequel even sillier and campier than the first film. He takes the sense of realism and drop kicks it to outer space as the humor and misfit characters are even more cartoonish than they were in the first film. These eccentric characters (Rory Calhoun, Susan Tyrrell and Steven M. Porter) instead of being loveable, tend to grad the nerves and grow tiresome very quickly. Bettsy Russell also seems uncomfortable in the role of "Angel" and never making the character her own or as empathetic as Donna Wilkes portrayal. O'Neill also adds some 'new friends' into the mix, but these guys are hardly as memorable. First up is a pair of transvestites that the audience barely gets to know and the second is some guy called Johnny Glitter, an annoying shit bag that continuously throws glitter over everyone that is accompanied by a ridiculous wind chime sound effect on the soundtrack. I seriously wanted to reach through my television to strangle his douche bag! I did enjoy the reprehensible villains who are uber violent in their goal to steal property and the return of the wonderful Hollywood Blvd. locations but I didn't dig O'Neill's overexaggerated approach to the film. The sillier, more cartoonish approach makes the B-level campy charm of the original absent and in its place is annoyance. I still enjoyed it for what it was but typical with sequels I didn't like near as much as the original film. "Avenging Angel" still made enough money to warrant to more sequels.

Eric Reifschneider
Eric Reifschneider

I was disappointed that I got the sequel to Angel, but it was actually a fun action packed movie with quirky characters, and I enjoyed it. I don't know why the other reviews on here are so bad.

Aj V
Aj V

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