Messenger of Death (1988)

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A newspaper reporter (Charles Bronson) investigating the murder of a Mormon family is drawn into a war between rival factions for control of a piece of oil-rich land. Though the adventure is quite heated, the reporter manages to remain a peaceful intermediary in the dispute.
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R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Media Home Entertainment

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Cast

Charles Bronson
as Garret Smith
John Ireland
as Zenas Beecham
Trish Van Devere
as Jastra Watson
Cheryl Waters
as Magda Beecham
Jeff Corey
as Willis Beecham
Marilyn Hassett
as Josephine Fabrizio
Tom Everett
as Wiley
Laurence Luckinbill
as Homer Foxx
Daniel Benzali
as Chief Barney Doyle
Charles Dierkop
as Orville Beecham
Penny Peyser
as Trudy Pike
Maria Mayenzet
as Esther Beecham
Gene Davis
as Junior Assassin
Kimberly Beck
as Plety Beecham
Jim J. Bullock
as Neighbor
Margaret Howell
as Naomi Beecham
Jon Cedar
as Saul
Jerome Thor
as Jimmy
Bert Williams
as Sheriff Yates
Susan Bjurman
as Mrs. Doyle
David Cooper
as Willis's Follower
Don Kennedy
as Cyrus Pike
Patricia Allison
as Florinda Beecham
John Solari
as Senior Assasin
Beverly Thompson
as Mrs. Lucy Bigelow
Joseph Darrell
as Fund Raiser Contributor
Sheila Gale Kandlbinder
as Ursula Beecham
Duncan Gamble
as Lt. Scully
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Critic Reviews for Messenger of Death

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Bronson's considerable screen appeal is the only consistent element in this uneven, lackluster thriller.

May 16, 2005
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Audience Reviews for Messenger of Death

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Though the dvd cover photo tries to portray an avenger or messenger of death Bronson is a reporter with no gun or rifle. In fact, he tries to investigate and then calm down two feuding families in Mormon country. see the best action part here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rY_3Q1XnNvo Comes off rather TV like in appearance. The big shoot out at the end seems rather preposterous even in the late 1900s in which the movie is set. Near the end the truck chase scene is reminds me of the movie Duel. For fans of Bronson, the movie is at times captivating and at times cheap and thrill seeking. Not a cinematic achievement by any means, it simply is a adventure action film so watch it and see for yourself. Though the dvd cover photo tries to portray an avenger or messenger of death Bronson is a reporter with no gun or rifle. In fact, he tries to investigate and then calm down two feuding families in Mormon country. Comes off rather TV like in appearance. The big shoot out at the end seems rather preposterous even in the late 1900s in which the movie is set. Near the end the truck chase scene is reminds me of the movie Duel. For fans of Bronson, the movie is at times captivating and at times cheap and thrill seeking. Not a cinematic achievement by any means, it simply is a adventure action film so watch it and see for yourself. NOTES: 1 Watch for Charles Dierkop (born September 11, 1936) is an American film and television character actor. Dierkop was born in La Crosse, Wisconsin, and attended Aquinas High School in La Crosse. He was cast in two George Roy Hill films, and played an outlaw both times - as "Flat Nose Curry" in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid he played a member of the Hole-in-the-Wall Gang, and as "Floyd" in The Sting, he acted as a bodyguard to Robert Shaw's New York gangster/griftee, Doyle Lonnegan. He is best known for his work in the Police Woman television series between 1974 and 1978. He is a lifetime member of The Actor's Studio. Charles Bronson Trish Van Devere Laurence Luckinbill Daniel Benzali Marilyn Hassett John Ireland Charles Dierkop Jeff Corey Music by Robert O. Ragland Cinematography Gideon Porath Edited by Peter Lee-Thompson Distributed by Cannon Films Release dates September 16, 1988 (U.S.) Running time 91 mins. Country United States Language English

monsieur rick
monsieur rick

Messenger of Death is an underrated Charles Bronson flick that is not as bad as what everyone says. I agree that it's not one of his best works, but this is a\ film that nonetheless has everything you'd expect from a Bronson action thriller. This film should appeal to the diehard Bronson fans only, and it definitely isn't a perfect action thriller, but it has enough good elements on-screen to make it a worthwhile viewing. Directed with flair by Cape Fear director J. Lee Thompson, Messenger of Death is fun for what it is. Bronson has done better, but this film has enough effective thrilling elements to appeal to Bronson fans. The film however had so much more potential in being a great, memorable experience, and as it stands, it's an entertaining ride that does deliver some good thrills, but in some areas the film does lack in a truly original plot, but luckily the film is never dull. The film had potential of being so much more, but it manages to still be an intense ride than only a Charles Bronson action flick can deliver. This isn't his greatest work, but it still manages to deliver the usual treats that we'd expect from this classic tough guy. A film that no Bronson fan should pass up on, and is really a film that will certainly appeal more to his die hard followers than common movie fans. This is an imperfect film, but it still a worthwhile action thriller to watch to kill some time. The cast starring alongside Bronson are good in their parts, and they all have something to offer. However Bronson makes the film work, even with its somewhat lacking, original material and he proves that he doesn't need a gun to kick ass.

Alex roy
Alex roy

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Works as a comedy.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

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