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Ms. 45 (2013)

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Abel Ferrara's (Bad Lieutenant, King Of New York) 1981 revenge thriller classic Ms. 45 follows a mute garment-district seamstress - played by the late model/actress/musician/screenwriter Zoë Lund - who after falling victim to multiple unspeakable assaults, ignites her one-woman homicidal rampage against New York City's entire male population. Now remastered in HD from the original negative materials, Ms. 45 returns to theaters this December and debuts on DVD and Blu-ray uncut for the first time in North America.

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Cast

Steve Singer
as Photographer
Jack Thibeau
as Man in bar
Peter Yellen
as 2nd Rapist
Zoë Lund
as Thana
Abel Ferrara
as 1st Rapist
Vincent Gruppi
as Heckler on corner
S. Edward Singer
as Photographer
Faith Peters
as Prostitute
Alex Jachino
as Chauffeur
Jane Kennedy
as Seamstress
Wayne Caro
as Office Boy
Scott Covert
as Buyer's Assistant
Cindy Green
as Waitress
Nancy Ulrich
as Photographer's Girlfriend
Larry Chua
as Central Park Gang Member
Omar Patino
as Central Park Gang Member
Robert Allen
as Central Park Gang Member
Daniel Goodine
as Central Park Gang Member
Michael R. Chin
as Couple Kissing
Gerri Igarashi
as Couple Kissing
Edward Eisele
as Man from Georgia
Evelyne Smith
as Bag Lady
Patrick Loughran
as Couple on Desk
Eileen Trotta
as Couple on Desk
Bobby Weismann
as Party Host
Alvin Moore
as Detective
Paul Varni
as Guy on Street
John Scarangella
as Guy on Street
Aris Sakellariois
as Guy on Street
Ben Falk
as Blind Man
Michael Minaro
as Band Member
Robert North
as Band Member
Robert L. Fish
as Band Member
Harry Maurer
as Newsman's Voice
Beth Ann Lonergan
as Little Girl's Voice
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Critic Reviews for Ms. 45

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (6)

With Grand Guignol relish, Ferrara depicts a city in the throes of a Wild West lawlessness that invites vigilante action.

Full Review… | February 3, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

Had Herzog seen it, he might have recognized Ferrara as a fellow genius, and one as weird as himself.

Full Review… | January 23, 2014
Boston Globe
Top Critic

[Ferrera] is clearly a talented fellow. One can only hope he finds something else to make movies about very soon.

Full Review… | December 10, 2013
New York Times
Top Critic

The sexual politics of Ms. 45 are blunt and easy to read, and the picture is riotously cathartic.

Full Review… | December 10, 2013
Village Voice
Top Critic

By keeping the picture short and busy, Ferrara makes its far-fetched elements play.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Variety
Top Critic

It's a provocative, disreputable movie, well worth seeing.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Ms. 45

Abel Ferrara's Ms. 45 is a dark, intense revenge movie that doesn't reinvent anything in the genre, but is nonetheless a worthwhile addition to the genre, and for the most part is a truly engaging picture. The cast are good in their parts, and the film is dark, atmospheric and engaging due to Ferara's tense direction, which adds to so much to the film. For a revenge picture, Ms. 45 is a well crafted affair, and even if it doesn't reinvent the wheel, it should definitely appeal to fans of action pictures that enjoy a revenge film. The genre is truly awesome, and it has more than its fair share of memorable films, Death Wish being the most prominent one. However, Ms. 45 is a worthy film, and highly engaging despite its flaws, and Ferara crafts a film that is dark, always tense, even if you know how things will play out. That's one thing about Abel Ferara's films that stand out; he always manages to make an impact due to his visual style that is right out of a nightmare. This may not be a masterpiece, but it nonetheless belongs among the best revenge pictures that have been made. This is an entertaining picture with some good performances and a good plot. If you enjoy these films, then you're sure to find Ms. 45 a truly entertaining ride from start to finish. The film at times is pure sleaze, but again, it's what gives it, its identity. In terms of revenge films, Ms. 45 is a fine picture that showcases the talents of director Abel Ferara. Ferara is a good director, and he has made some good films, and after the decent Driller Killer, he would tackle different subjects, and here he delivers a well thought out revenge film that is worth seeing due to a good plot, and its dark, intense atmosphere.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

½

i wanted to like it more than i did. it goes beyond revenge tho. girl is a serial killer

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

½

My favourite female revenge film, it's very atmospheric, spooky, and hypnotizing, and I loved it.

Aj V
Aj V

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