Taglines: Angel’s back… with a vengeance.
Molly, former baby prostitute “Angel” from Sunset Boulevard, has managed to leave her street life with help of Lt. Andrews. She studies law at an university and aims to become attorney. When she learns that Andrews was shot during a failed observation by brutal gangsters, she returns downtown to take revenge. She frees Kit Carson from the old people’s home and together with the other old friends she tracks down the bad guys.
Avenging Angel is a 1985 film directed by Robert Vincent O’Neil and written by Robert Vincent O’Neil with Joseph Michael Cala. The movie is a sequel to 1984’s Angel 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. The film is rated R in U.S. for adult language, violence, and nudity.
About the Story
Molly (Betsy Russell in place of original actress Donna Wilkes) is off the streets and studying to become a lawyer. Molly learns that Lt. Andrews (Robert F. Lyons, replacing Cliff Gorman), the detective who helped her leave prostitution, was murdered. She returns to the streets as Angel to track down his killer and avenge his death. She enlists help from her old friends, Yo-Yo Charlie, Solly, and Kit Carson and hunts for the sole witness, Johnny Glitter, to the crime.
They break Kit out of the sanitarium and find Johnny at his home just as the thugs who killed Andrews find him. Kit and Angel save Johnny in a shootout. Angel discovers a scheme to buy up Hollywood Boulevard by intimidation and violence that Gerrard perpetuates. Gerrard’s men corner Kit, Solly, Angel and Johnny in an alley. Kit shoots the car and causes 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.. Gerrard offers to trade Buck for his son. They attempt to make the trade despite the son’s death, but Gerrard discovers the ruse. When he discovers his son has died a shootout ensues and Gerrard takes the baby. Kit takes out one thug and Johnny Glitter, who shoots blind, 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 crawls toward the edge. 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.
Avenging Angel (1985)
Directed by: Robert Vincent O’Neill
Starring: Betsy Russell, Rory Calhoun, Susan Tyrrell, Ossie Davis, Robert F. Lyons, Steven M. Porter, Estee Chandler, Tim Rossovich
Screenplay by: Robert Vincent O’Neill, Joseph Michael Cala
Production Design by: Stephen Marsh
Cinematography by: Peter Lyons Collister
Film Editing by: John R. Bowey
Art Direction by: Matt Gulbin
Music by: Christopher Young
MPAA Rating: R for adult language, violence, and nudity.
Distributed by: New World Pictures
Release Date: January 11, 1985