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Messenger of Death (1988)

A Denver reporter investigates the mass murder of a family of Mormons in rural Colorado.

Director:

J. Lee Thompson

Writers:

Rex Burns (novel), Paul Jarrico (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Bronson ... Garret Smith
Trish Van Devere ... Jastra Watson
Laurence Luckinbill ... Homer Foxx
Daniel Benzali ... Chief Barney Doyle
Marilyn Hassett ... Josephine Fabrizio
Charles Dierkop ... Orville Beecham
Jeff Corey ... Willis Beecham
John Ireland ... Zenas Beecham
Penny Peyser ... Trudy Pike
Gene Davis ... Junior Assassin
John Solari ... Senior Assassin
Jon Cedar ... Saul
Tom Everett ... Wiley
Duncan Gamble ... Lieutenant Scully
Bert Williams Bert Williams ... Sheriff Yates
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Storyline

Wifes and children of the Mormon Orville Beecham become victims of a massacre in his own house. The police believes the crime had a religious motive. Orville doesn't give any comment on the case, is taken into protective custody. Journalist Smith persuades him to help him in the investigation - and finds out about economic motives for the murder. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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What the cops can't do, he will.


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Trivia

This movie, "Messenger of Death" (aka "Avenging Angels") [See: Messenger of Death (1988)], was Charles Bronson's second picture outside the 'Death Wish' franchise to feature the word 'Death' in the title. The first was Death Hunt (1981) made and released about seven years earlier. This was also the penultimate movie that featured the word 'Death' in the title for Bronson. The final time would be Death Wish V: The Face of Death (1994), where the word appears twice. Bronson made seven movies with the word "Death" in the title. See more »

Goofs

During the car chase, Smith's car is on the inside of one of the tankers on the first corner out of the tunnel, but in the next shot it's back in the middle of both tankers. See more »

Quotes

Garret Smith: [punching the assassin] Bastard child killer!
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Alternate Versions

Almost 5 minutes were cut in Finland for VHS distribution. Later released on DVD as uncut. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Best of the Worst: Our VHS Collection (2019) See more »

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Messenger of Death (1988) **
22 January 2008 | by JoeKarlosiSee all my reviews

Easily skip-able Charles Bronson movie that starts out strongly but doesn't follow through. He unconvincingly plays a Denver reporter covering a case of a Mormon family living in the Colorado mountains who had nine members massacred, including five children. He then sets out to find the killer by visiting the eccentric community and finds that much of the evidence leads to a family feud between two brothers, along with ties to a water company. Why Chuck's character would feel so personally bent on dealing out vengeance when it's not his own flesh and blood didn't ever strike me as authentic. J. Lee Thompson directs (as usual) and manages to serve up some pretty scenery along with a good cast including John Ireland and Jeff Corey, but this is rather weak tea. ** out of ****


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,035,279, 18 September 1988

Gross USA:

$3,074,681

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,074,681
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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