Avenging Angel (1985 film)

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Avenging Angel
Directed by Robert Vincent O'Neill
Produced by Sandy Howard
Written by Joseph Michael Cala
Robert Vincent O'Neill
Music by Christopher Young
Cinematography Peter Lyons Collister
Edited by John R. Bowey
Release dates
January 11, 1985
Running time
93 min
Country United States
Language English

Avenging Angel is a 1985 film directed by Robert Vincent O'Neill and written by Robert Vincent O'Neill with Joseph Michael Cala.[1]

The movie is a sequel to 1984's Angel[1] and was followed by the 1988 film Angel III: The Final Chapter and Angel 4: Undercover. It was a box-office failure, as were the other two.

Rory Calhoun claimed Donna Wilkes did not reprise the role she had originated because the producers refused to pay her the salary she wanted.[2] The film is rated R in U.S. for adult language, violence, and nudity.


Molly (Betsy Russell, taking over from Donna Wilkes) is off the streets and studying to become a lawyer.

Molly learns that Lt. Andrews, the person who helped her leave her past life, was murdered. Now she is back to avenge his killing. She seeks to track down the only witness, Johnny Glitter, and enlists the help of her old friends, Yo-Yo Charlie, Solly, and Kit Carson.

They break Kit out of the sanitarium and find Johnny at his home right as the thugs who killed Andrews find him. Kit and Angel save Johnny in a shoot-out. In the mean time Angel discovers a scheme to buy up Hollywood Boulevard by intimidation and violence that Gerrard is perpetrating. Gerrard's men corner Kit, Solly, Angel and Johnny in an alley. Kit shoots the car, causing it to crash, and they capture Gerrard's son. The son gets loose and threatens them with a gun, but the phone rings and Kit shoots him to death.

The caller is Gerrard, who has kidnapped Solly's baby, Little Buck, and offers to trade Buck for his son. They attempt to make the trade anyway. Upon discovering that the son is dead, a shootout ensues with Gerrard taking the baby. Kit takes out one thug and Johnny Glitter, shooting blindly, shoots the other and also himself.

Angel confronts Gerrard on the top floor and Gerrard threatens to throw the baby down. Angel surrenders and Gerrard puts the baby down. But the baby is crawling to the edge, and Gerrard will not allow Angel to move. Solly sees what is happening and goes up to shoot Gerrard.

Angel tries to get to the baby but the baby falls. Kit sees the baby fall and catches him. Angel and Solly come down with the baby safely wrapped in Kit's jacket.

Main cast[edit]


Avenging Angel went into production quickly after the success its predecessor. Hoping to recreate the success of the first film, New World Pictures released the film on January 11, 1985, two days shy of the anniversary of the first film's release. The film was a box office disappointment for the company, opening in tenth place and eventually earning $5,622,787.[3]

DVD release[edit]

In 2003, Anchor Bay Entertainment released the Region 1 DVD box set of the first three Angel films entitled The Angel Collection.[4]


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