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Ms.45 (1981)

It will never happen again!

Original Title : Ms. 45
Director : Abel Ferrara
Writer : Nicholas St. John
Genre : Crime
Drama
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Richard Howorth , Mary Kane , Rochelle Weisberg
Music : Joe Delia
Photography : James Lemmo
Distributor : Audio Visual Enterprises
IMDB ID : 0082776
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Ms.45 (1981) - Abel Ferrara
 

Starring

¬Zo√ę Lund Thana (as Zo√ę Tamerlis
¬Albert Sinkys Albert
¬Darlene Stuto Laurie
¬Helen McGara Carol
¬Nike Zachmanoglou Pamela
¬Abel Ferrara 1st Rapist (as Jimmy Laine
¬Peter Yellen The Burglar (2nd Rapist
¬Editta Sherman Mrs. Nasone (Landlady
¬Vincent Gruppi Heckler on Corner
¬S. Edward Singer The Photographer
¬Stanley Timms The Pimp
¬Faith Peters The Prostitute
¬Lawrence Zavaglia The Arab
¬Alex Jachino The Chauffeur
¬Jack Thibeau Man in Bar
¬Jayne Kennedy Seamstress
¬Wayne Caro Office Boy/Mickey
¬Mariana Tripaldi Buyer
¬Scott Covert Buyer's Assistant
¬Karen O'Shea Model/Party Guest
¬The Kog The Bum
¬Cindy Green Waitress
¬Nancy Ulrich Photographer's Girlfriend
¬Eddie Sanchez Central Park Gang
¬Larry Chua Central Park Gang
¬Omar Patino Central Park Gang
¬Robert Allen Central Park Gang
¬Daniel Gooding Central Park Gang
¬Michael R. Chin Kissing Boy
¬Gerri Igarashi Kissing Girl
¬Edward Eisele Man from Georgia
¬Evelyn Smith Bag Lady
¬Patrick Loughran Man on Desk
¬Eileen Trotta Girl on Desk
¬Bobby Weismann Party Host
¬Alvin Moore Detective
¬Nicholas St. John Detective
¬Steve Dash Policeman (as Steve Daskawisz
¬Paul Varni Guy on Street
¬John Scarangella Guy on Street
¬Aris Sakellaridis Guy on Street
¬Ben Falk Blind Man
¬Michael Minard Band Member
¬Robert North Band Member
¬Rob Fisch Band Member
¬Harry Maurer Newsman's Voice (voice
¬Beth Ann Lonergan Little Girl (voice
¬Gail Wenger Party Guest
¬Jana Skidmore Party Guest
¬Mary Barto Party Guest
¬John Antonio Party Guest
¬Joey Monteleone Party Guest
¬Lisa Monteleone Party Guest
¬Mary Reeves Party Guest
¬Carol Drechsler Party Guest
¬Anthony Picciano Party Guest
¬Joe Perce Party Guest
¬Donna Harris Party Guest
¬Ira Blumenthal Party Guest
¬Rex Piano Party Guest
¬Kim McLean Party Guest
¬Paul Sansone Party Guest
¬Peter Abbay Mr. Death
¬Elissa D'Arrigo Party Guest
¬Tony Gandiosi Party Guest
¬Rene Belafonte Party Guest
¬Dan O'Neill Party Guest/Bartender
¬Jerry Goralnick Party Guest
¬Claver Mullaney Extra
¬Jim Paletz Extra
¬Timothy Pastor Extra
¬Bill Plunkett Extra
¬Natalie Rannazzisi Extra
¬Michael Rothermel Extra
¬Rob Roy Extra
¬Francene Thomas Extra
¬Bruce Thorne Extra
¬Nancy Upton Extra
¬Bonnie Williams Extra
¬Scott Winer Extra
¬Madaline Wood Extra
¬Jim Johnson Extra
¬Ann Barcar Extra
¬Shelley Freedman Extra
¬Barbara Jo Fuchs Extra
¬Kathleen Gati Extra
¬Barry Gomolka Extra
¬Gerry Heller Extra
¬Michelle James Extra
¬Chris Jones Extra
¬Nancy Kleinman Extra
¬Renata Majer Extra
¬Tom McGrath Extra
¬Cheryl McIntyre Extra
¬Stephen Singer Rich Volk (uncredited
 

Plot

A mute woman gets raped twice coming home from work and decides to take matters into her own hands. She dresses suggestively and roams the streets alone, reaking vengeance upon anyone who tries to take advantage of her. Eventually her secret life spills over into her regular life in the fashion industry.
 

Comments

Abel Ferrara's Ms. .45, 14 June 2002 Author: Charles Tatum from North Dakota Ferrara's huge breakout film has been the subject of everythingfrom cult status to film thesis papers.Zoe Tamerlis is Thana, a mute and mousy woman who works inNew York's garment district. On her way home one afternoon, sheis grabbed off the street and raped by a masked man, played byFerrara himself. She stumbles home, shell shocked, and finds aburglar in her apartment. He also begins raping her, holding a .45on her. He drops the gun and she kills him, putting his body in thebathtub. She confiscates the gun as her own, and normallyreliable Thana begins to change.Thana's nosy landlady, a candidate for a .45 slug if there ever wasone, and the landlady's dog, Phil, notice Thana leaving theapartment glammed to the nines and carrying plastic garbagebags full of the burglar's body parts. Thana kills one man whochases her with the burglar's body parts (he thinks she droppedthe bag), and soon Thana is dispatching everyone from pimps togangs to Arab sheiks with her trusty gun. In the meantime, sheoffers to take Phil for a walk, tying him to a stake so she can shoothim without him running off. Thana is finally invited to a Halloweenparty by her lecherous boss. This provides the film's final horrifyingsetpiece. Thana is dressed like a nun, with her trusty gun tuckedinto her garter belt. She opens fire on the men at the party, all shotin slow motion by Ferrara. This scene is terrifying on a horror filmscale, as people run for their lives as very effective special effectsillustrate the carnage. The final shot involving the Phil the dog isclassic.It is dismissive to say Thana decides to kill every man she sees.You can see a pattern in her killing, as she graduates from basicstreet scum, to an almost killing of an Oriental man who is doingnothing but kissing his girlfriend. The divorced man's suicidestretches credibility a bit, as Thana's gun jams when she pulls thetrigger, but he puts it to his head and it goes off. Thana is also apretty good shot, yet we are never given any evidence why.Zoe Tamerlis died almost two years ago of heart failure. She wasonly 35. She did other films, but this was probably her best knownwork. Because she is plays a mute, she must express all of heremotions with her face, which she does very well. She looks a lotlike Jeanne Tripplehorn, and does a great job here.The New York City setting is perfect and unfiltered. This is the NYCwe heard of back in the 1970's, complete with muggings andgraffiti. There is wonderful background noise, not affected by someHollywood sound engineer's filter. Dialog is kept to a minimumbecause of Thana's condition, but Ferrara keeps the violence andblood flowing freely. Surprisingly, despite the presence of two rapesequences, there is no nudity, as if Ferrara wanted to show thesecrimes as crimes of violence, and not arousing rough sex."Ms. .45" is not perfect, but it is infinitely fascinating. It is alsoincredibly brutal, and not for the squeamish. I highly recommend it.This is unrated, and contains physical violence, strong gunviolence, strong sexual violence, gore, strong profanity, sexualcontent, sexual references, some drug references, and adultsituations.
 
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