MS. 45
1981/ 80 Minutes/ USA
A film by: Abel Ferrara

With: Zoë Tamerlis Lund, Peter Yellen, Jack Thibeau, Steve Singerewton

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Abel Ferrara’s 1981 revenge thriller classic returns to theaters and home video in 2014.

Abel Ferrara’s (Bad Lieutenant, King Of New York) 1981 revenge thriller classic Ms. 45 follows a mute garment-district seamstress – played by the late model/actress/musician/screenwriter Zoë Lund – who after falling victim to multiple unspeakable assaults, ignites her one-woman homicidal rampage against New York City’s entire male population. Now remastered in HD from the original negative materials.
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Actress Zoë Lund as Thana in Abel Ferrara’s classic 1981 revenge thriller Ms. 45
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Director Abel Ferrara headshot Credit: Ward Ivan Rafik

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An interview w Abel Ferrara
- Film.com
“Originally released in 1981, Abel Ferrara’s low-budget Death Wish in lipstick and heels has grown in critical reputation over the years. It’s easy to see why looking at this new uncut, digitally restored version."
- Globe and Mail

"Few movies epitomize the rude energy of the grindhouse era as well as Ms. 45…”
- Toronto Star

"If Travis’ avenging death dream in Taxi Driver belonged to Theresa in Mr. Goodbar, you might wind up with Ms. 45.
- NOW Magazine

"Often compared to Death Wish, Abel Ferrara’s cult classic Ms. 45 presents us with something rather unique for 1981: a strong female lead.”
- Toronto Film Scene

“...Ms. 45 [is] a standout among other films of its ilk."
- The Seventh Art

“...a bold hybrid of exploitation and arthouse cinema."
- Torontoist

"A fascinatingly subversive take on the rape-revenge fantasy film.”
- Way Too Indie

“...beautifully deranged..."
- Dork Shelf

“...a lean and mean film with a singular purpose; to put us in the mindset of a woman who simply snaps."
- Criticize This!

"It’s grindhouse exploitation through and through…"
- Wylie Writes

“Made for an estimated $62,000, MS. 45 looks remarkably sharp and captures 1980s New York in all its gritty glory…"
- National Post

“...terrifyingly wise..."
- Film Freak Central