- Angel (1984 film)
name = Angel
Robert Vincent O'Neill
Donald P. Borchers
Joseph Michael Cala Robert Vincent O'Neill
Donna Wilkes Cliff Gorman Rory Calhoun John Diehl Susan Tyrell Dick Shawn
cinematography = Andrew Davis
New World Pictures
11 January 1984
runtime = 94 min
language = English
budget = $3 million
followed_by = "Avenging Angel"
amg_id = 1:2352
imdb_id = 0086896
"Angel" is a 1984
filmdirected by Robert Vincent O'Neill, and written by Robert Vincent O'Neillwith Joseph Michael Cala. It was released by New World Pictures.
15 year old Molly Stuart (
Donna Wilkes) is an Honours student at an expensive private Hollywood high school. Nobody suspects that the model pupil is secretly a prostitutenamed "Angel" at night, who works on Hollywood Boulevardafter being abandoned by her parents. Her substitute family includes a transvestite, Mae ( Dick Shawn), a celebrity gun-slinging cowboyKit Carson ( Rory Calhoun) and her foul-mouthed lesbianlandlord, Solly ( Susan Tyrell). For a while, she manages to support herself and keep her secret, but her two separate lives are shattered when some of Molly's school mates discover her working the streets one weekend, causing Molly to become a social outcast. Meanwhile, two of her prostitute friends become victims of a necrophile serial killer. As the only eyewitnessAngel becomes a target herself. The investigating detective, LieutenantAndrews ( Cliff Gorman) is soon assigned to the case and takes Angel under his wing. Together they try to stop the insane killer from destroying what's left of Angel's life.
* "High School Honor Student by Day. Hollywood Hooker by Night."
* "Her two worlds are about to collide. It's her choice. Her chance. Her life."
The movie became an 1980's
cult classic, and was popular enough to spawn three sequels, each with a different starring actress. Sequels comprised of "Avenging Angel" (1985), starring Betsy Russell, "Angel III: The Final Chapter" (1988), starring Mitzi Kapture, and "Angel 4: Undercover" (1993), starring Darlene Vogel.
Behind The Scenes
Donna Wilkeswas actually 25 years old, when she played the role of 15 year old Molly Stuart in this film. She prepared for the role by talking to real-life street prostitutes on Hollywood Boulevard, and spent time with the Hollywood Police Department, and in various halfway houses for underage children living on the streets of Los Angeles.
Composer Craig Safan wrote the
scoreto this film in less than a week. The film premiered at the Pacific Hollywood Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard. A fact sheet inside the theatre confirms this. The theatre also features in the climax of the film , where a gun-toting Angel opens fire on the killer, terrifying patrons outside.
The motel in the film is the El Royale Motel at 11117 Venture Boulevard,
North Hollywood. It has scarcely changed since this film was shot in 1983. In fact, most of the film was shot at real locations on and around Hollywood Boulevard.
2003, Anchor Bay Entertainment released the Region 1DVD box set of all three "Angel" films entitled "The Angel Collection". [ [http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00008V5RO "The Angel Collection" product info] ]
* [http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0086896/ "Angel"] at the
Internet Movie Database
* [http://www.lenrek.net/movies/Angel/ "Angel"] - fan site with an emphasis on the filming locations.
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