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Ms .45 (1981)

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A timid and mute seamstress goes insane after being attacked and raped twice in one day, in which she takes to the streets of New York City after dark and randomly shoots men with a .45 caliber pistol.


Abel Ferrara


Nicholas St. John (screenplay) (as N.G. St. John)
1 nomination. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Zoë Lund ... Thana (as Zoë Tamerlis)
Bogey Bogey ... Phil
Albert Sinkys Albert Sinkys ... Albert
Darlene Stuto Darlene Stuto ... Laurie
Helen McGara Helen McGara ... Carol
Nike Zachmanoglou Nike Zachmanoglou ... Pamela
Abel Ferrara ... 1st Rapist (as Jimmy Laine)
Peter Yellen Peter Yellen ... Burglar
Editta Sherman Editta Sherman ... Mrs. Nasone
Vincent Gruppi Vincent Gruppi ... Heckler on Corner
Stanley Timms Stanley Timms ... Pimp
Faith Peters Faith Peters ... Prostitute
Lawrence Zavaglia Lawrence Zavaglia ... Arab
Alex Jachno Alex Jachno ... Chauffeur
Jack Thibeau ... Man in Bar


In Manhattan, Thana is a timid and mute woman that works as a seamstress in the fashion industry and spends most of her idle time at home. One night, she gets raped in an alley while going back home after hours and when she arrives at home, she gets raped again by another criminal. However, she reacts and bludgeons the assaulter to his death with a flatiron. The disturbed Thana loses her sanity and uses a .45 caliber pistol to shoot men on the streets of New York. She dresses suggestively and roams the dark streets alone, wreaking vengeance upon anyone who tries to take advantage of her. Eventually, her secret life overflows into her regular life in the fashion industry. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


She was abused and violated. It will never happen again! See more »


Crime | Drama | Thriller


R | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


The dog Bogey was found in a dog pound. See more »


One band member is playing the trumpet, but what you hear is obviously a saxophone. There is no trumpet sound in the song the band is playing. See more »


Albert: Hello, Bobby.
Party Host: And Sister?
Albert: Thana.
Party Host: That's a charming name. Is that Greek?
Albert: It's Greek to you, Bobby.
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Alternate Versions

The US DVD, released by Artisan, features a cut version of the film. The two rape scenes were trimmed, the second even misses some dialogue ("This oughta make you talk, huh?"). The murder of the guy in the yellow T-shirt at the Halloween party shoot-out is now offscreen. See more »


Referenced in The Greasy Strangler (2016) See more »

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High-Caliber cult!
1 March 2006 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

Neneh Cherry already specifically stated in a song that this is a woman's world, so who are we to argue with that? Women RULE this world, whether they carry around .45 caliber guns or not… Infamous cult movie director Abel Ferrara's interpretation of feminism revolves on a mute and seemly defenseless young beauty that wipes male scum from the face of the earth with a pistol. After being the victim of assault and attempted rape TWICE in one afternoon, Thana kills her second assailant and chops up his corpse in the bathtub. Whilst getting rid of the bagged body parts, she randomly kills numerous other men on the trash-filled streets of New York. "Ms.45" has quite a lot in common with Ferrara's breakthrough film "the Driller Killer", except that it doesn't contain so many tedious moments and that you actually have sympathy for the Thana character, whereas Reno Miller could die instantly for all I cared. Strictly talking from a cinematic point of view, "Ms.45" is a much better film than "Driller Killer" as well. Ferrara manages to retain his depressing yet realistic portrait of dead-end New York, but the camera-work is much more steady and versatile. Zoë Lund, who remarkably looks like Nastassja Kinski, is a terrific anti-heroine and the fact she plays a mute even increases the complexity of her character. Lund later co-wrote "Bad Lieutenant" before sadly passing away at the young age of 37, due to heart failure. Unfortunately, however, "Ms.45" didn't stand the test of time very well. The graphic violence and definitely the controversy has been surpassed severely nowadays and I sincerely doubt that the new Playstation-generation will be impressed by Ferrara's take on the explicit revenge-flick trend. Luckily selected group of film buffs including myself still consider this to be a quintessential cult gem that'll live on forever. Kill 'em all, Thana!

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Release Date:

24 April 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$62,000 (estimated)
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Navaron Films See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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