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The Avenging Angel (1995)

Not Rated | | Western | TV Movie 22 January 1995
Miles Utley is a professional Mormon commando/bodyguard who is forced to turn renegade and to question his faith as he investigates a scandal involving assassination and land speculation.

Director:

Craig R. Baxley

Writers:

Gary Stewart (novel), Dennis Nemec (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Berenger ... Miles Utley
James Coburn ... Porter Rockwell
Fay Masterson ... Miranda Young
Kevin Tighe ... Benjamin Rigby
Jeffrey Jones ... Brother Milton Long
Tom Bower ... Bill Hickman
Leslie Hope ... Liza Rigby
Daniel Quinn ... Alpheus Young
Andrew Prine ... Andrew Pike
Lisa Banes ... Rebecca Heaton
Drew Snyder ... Will Heaton
Tracey Ellis ... Hannah Parker
Charlton Heston ... Brigham Young
Patrick Gorman ... Jonathan Parker
Miles Feulner Miles Feulner ... Josh Heaton
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Storyline

Revisionist western about a freelance bodyguard hired to protect a Mormon prophet from a gang of would-be assassins in 19th Century Utah. Written by Jonathan Broxton <j.w.broxton@sheffield.ac.uk>

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A Blazing Western Adventure (Video Australia) See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Angelos ekdikisis See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The film is not entirely fictitious: Brigham Young was president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and he did have a home in St. George. See more »

Goofs

After Miles kills Alpheus and checks his pulse and declares him dead Miles rides off and they zoom in and you can see Alpheus's chest rising and falling with each breath so he's breathing still. See more »

Quotes

Milton Long: It's easy enough to assassinate a powerful man. The real trick, the art of it, is finding someone else to put the blame on.
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I should like this film, but...
4 October 2001 | by artzauSee all my reviews

I should like this film, but I was more than a little put off by it. I want to be careful here and keep my comments addressed to the film and not its subject, the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter Day Saints, AKA, the Mormons. The film which takes a VERY sympathetic posture of the Avenging Angels, the well organized and well funded hit squad of the LDS which organized a number of out-right murders of both true believers and "Gentiles (as us non-subscribers to their faith are termed). I was mildly surprised to note that such a murder is treated fairly in the film but that's about all that isn't slanted. The internal struggle of Elders provides us with the good guys/bad guys necessary for a good shoot'em Western and there are some interesting twists, including our old favorite, James Coburn, in a role as the mysterious Porter Rocwell, the organizer of the Avenging Angels. If you are willing to buy the several fictions that exist in the story and the VERY soft pedaling of Mormon polygyny, you will likely find this entertaining. Heston is his old patriarchal self as the "Prophet" Brigham Young and look for Andrew Prine, a promising young actor who never quite made it to the top, in a spot. As a hard-nosed history buff, I had a hard time with several of the religio-political elements of this film but I must confess that I've been so damn hungry lately for a good Western, I'd likely watch it again.


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