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A 10 May 1983 DV article announced the film had a $3 million budget.
       HR production charts on 14 Jun 1983 stated that principal photography began 1 Jun 1983 in Los Angeles, CA. The 14 Jan 1984 LAT review noted the use of Hotel Roosevelt. Other locations included Hollywood Boulevard, the Hollywood Pacific Theatre, and El Royale Motel in Studio City, CA. A 21 Jun 1983 DV news brief reported that location shooting on Las Palmas Avenue in Hollywood was interrupted by an armed robbery suspect pursued by police. The suspect was “tripped, tackled” and detained by the production’s transportation coordinator Timothy Sheehan and driver Gary Claridge.
       According to the 13 Jan 1984 NYT review, Angel “comes very close to being so consistently ridiculous that it’s not unentertaining.”
       The film was followed by three sequels: Avenging Angel (1985, see entry), and the straight-to-video productions, Angel III: The Final Chapter (1988) and Angel 4: Undercover (1994). Each film featured a different actress as the title ... More Less

A 10 May 1983 DV article announced the film had a $3 million budget.
       HR production charts on 14 Jun 1983 stated that principal photography began 1 Jun 1983 in Los Angeles, CA. The 14 Jan 1984 LAT review noted the use of Hotel Roosevelt. Other locations included Hollywood Boulevard, the Hollywood Pacific Theatre, and El Royale Motel in Studio City, CA. A 21 Jun 1983 DV news brief reported that location shooting on Las Palmas Avenue in Hollywood was interrupted by an armed robbery suspect pursued by police. The suspect was “tripped, tackled” and detained by the production’s transportation coordinator Timothy Sheehan and driver Gary Claridge.
       According to the 13 Jan 1984 NYT review, Angel “comes very close to being so consistently ridiculous that it’s not unentertaining.”
       The film was followed by three sequels: Avenging Angel (1985, see entry), and the straight-to-video productions, Angel III: The Final Chapter (1988) and Angel 4: Undercover (1994). Each film featured a different actress as the title character. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
10 May 1983
p. 1.
Daily Variety
21 Jun 1983.
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Hollywood Reporter
14 Jun 1983.
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Hollywood Reporter
13 Jan 1984
p. 3, 18.
Los Angeles Times
14 Jan 1984
p. 2.
New York Times
13 Jan 1984
p. 12.
Variety
18 Jan 1984
p. 22.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
New World Pictures and Adams Apple Film Company present
A Sandy Howard production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Prod
Assoc prod
Exec prod
Exec prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Gaffer
Best boy elec
Key grip
Best boy grip
Still photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Apprentice ed
Apprentice ed
Apprentice ed
SET DECORATORS
Prop master
Prop asst
Set dec
Asst set dec
Set dresser
COSTUMES
Cost des
Cost supv
MUSIC
Mus ed
SOUND
Prod sd mixer
Boom man
Post prod by
Re-rec
Re-rec
Supv sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
Asst sd ed
The Looping Group
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Titles and opt
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
Makeup artist
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Exec in charge of prod
Prod exec
Exec consultant
Scr supv
Prod accountant
Casting asst
Prod coord
Asst accountant
Prod secy
Asst to Sandy Howard
Asst to Sandy Howard
Asst to the prods
Asst to the prods
Asst to the prods
Asst to the prods
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Craft service
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Driver
Driver
Extra casting
Completion guarantee provided by
The Completion Bond Company representative
Insurance provided by
Insurance provided by
Insurance provided by
Caterer
Caterer
Yoyo tricks
Gun tricks
Balloon art
Computer accounting services
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col by
SOURCES
SONGS
"Something Sweet," written by Pamela Neal, Bernard Dunaux, Matt Preble, & Bebe Cross, performed by the Allies.
PERFORMER
DETAILS
Release Date:
13 January 1984
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 13 January 1984
Production Date:
began 1 June 1983
Copyright Claimant:
The Angel Venture
Copyright Date:
18 January 1984
Copyright Number:
PA196245
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Duration(in mins):
100
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
27220
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

A fifteen-year-old girl named Molly Stewart walks to a bus stop in Hollywood, California. A woman cleaning a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame greets her as “Angel.” At North Oak Prep, the private school Molly attends, a classmate named Wayne asks Molly on a date, but she claims that her mother, Margaret Stewart, thinks she is too young for romance. That night, dressed in a miniskirt, Molly joins the street life on Hollywood Boulevard working as a prostitute. Later, riding in a car with a middle-aged man, she tells him her name is “Angel” and correctly guesses he is an undercover police officer. He lets her out on a corner where a transvestite friend named Mae buys her an ice cream cone. Lt. Andrews, a police detective investigating the murders of several prostitutes, asks an officer named Collins to work with him on the case. Molly and Mae join two other prostitutes, Crystal and Lana, at a coffee shop, and discuss the impact the murders are having on business. Everyone returns to work, and Crystal flirts with a street performer named Yoyo Charlie before picking up a client. She takes the client back to her motel room, where he kills her, and commits necrophilia. At midnight, a former Western performer named Kit Carson escorts his friends, Molly and Mae, to their apartment building, and are greeted by their eccentric landlady, Solly Mosler. In the morning, Solly collects rent from Molly, who claims her invalid mother is resting in her bedroom. Later, at school, Molly spurns the advances of an athlete, Ric Sawyer. The school counselor, Patricia Allen, inquires why Molly does not participate in extracurricular activities despite ... +


A fifteen-year-old girl named Molly Stewart walks to a bus stop in Hollywood, California. A woman cleaning a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame greets her as “Angel.” At North Oak Prep, the private school Molly attends, a classmate named Wayne asks Molly on a date, but she claims that her mother, Margaret Stewart, thinks she is too young for romance. That night, dressed in a miniskirt, Molly joins the street life on Hollywood Boulevard working as a prostitute. Later, riding in a car with a middle-aged man, she tells him her name is “Angel” and correctly guesses he is an undercover police officer. He lets her out on a corner where a transvestite friend named Mae buys her an ice cream cone. Lt. Andrews, a police detective investigating the murders of several prostitutes, asks an officer named Collins to work with him on the case. Molly and Mae join two other prostitutes, Crystal and Lana, at a coffee shop, and discuss the impact the murders are having on business. Everyone returns to work, and Crystal flirts with a street performer named Yoyo Charlie before picking up a client. She takes the client back to her motel room, where he kills her, and commits necrophilia. At midnight, a former Western performer named Kit Carson escorts his friends, Molly and Mae, to their apartment building, and are greeted by their eccentric landlady, Solly Mosler. In the morning, Solly collects rent from Molly, who claims her invalid mother is resting in her bedroom. Later, at school, Molly spurns the advances of an athlete, Ric Sawyer. The school counselor, Patricia Allen, inquires why Molly does not participate in extracurricular activities despite being a top student. Molly responds that her mother had a stroke and she must return home immediately after school to care for her. Meanwhile, the coroner cleans up Crystal’s dismembered remains, and Lt. Andrews searches for clues. Mae informs Molly of their friend’s death and they join other members of the community at the motel. Lt. Andrews urges the prostitutes to work in pairs. That night, Lana unknowingly picks up the man who killed Crystal and takes him back to the motel. Later, Molly discovers Lana’s dead body. At the police station, Molly describes the killer to a sketch artist. In the morning, the executor of Kit’s estate tries to place the old cowboy in a retirement home. When Kit resists, Mae and Molly convince the man to leave. Kit tells his friends that he wants to go to the Actor’s Home when he is ready, so he can see actors Tom Mix and Hoot Gibson again. Mae and Molly remind Kit that those stars are long dead. Later, Lt. Andrews witnesses Molly board the North Oak Prep school bus and follows her to school, where she once again rebuffs Ric Sawyer. That night, in a pornographic movie theater, the killer causes a disturbance and is picked up by the police. Molly picks him out of a police lineup, but he grabs an officer’s gun, shoots his way out of the station, and escapes. Afterward, Lt. Andrews takes Molly to her apartment and reveals that he knows about her double-life. He asks to meet her mother and discovers an empty room. Molly explains that her father left nine years earlier, and her mother abandoned her three years ago. She has been on the street ever since, but believes her father will return one day. Lt. Andrews says he should turn her over to the juvenile authorities, but does not. Instead, he warns her to lock the door and stay off the streets. Meanwhile, the killer shaves his head with a straight razor. Molly buys a pistol and places money in the donation box at a church. Kit teaches her to shoot. That night, on the boulevard, Ric Sawyer and his buddies spot Molly working. They grab her and intend to force her to have sex with them, but she wields the gun and escapes. The next day at school, Molly overhears locker room gossip and discovers her secret is out. She is mortified when Wayne, the boy who asked her out earlier, offers her $23 for a “date.” Meanwhile, Ric tells Ms. Allen what he saw in Hollywood. She initially does not believe him, but finds the pistol when she searches Molly’s school locker. Molly flees and seeks out Lt. Andrews, who attempts to console her. Ms. Allen visits the apartment building, wanting to see Molly’s mother. Mae claims to be Margaret Stewart, but Ms. Allen sees through the lie. However, the two agree that they must do everything they can to get Molly off the streets. Meanwhile, outside, Officer Collins follows the killer after observing him impersonate a Hare Krishna member. Ms. Allen leaves and the killer goes to Molly’s apartment, where he brawls with Mae, before stabbing the transvestite. Solly finds Mae, who begs her to prevent Molly from seeing her this way. Lt. Andrews arrives and discovers Collins dead in the downstairs phone booth. Molly returns home, but Solly stops her before she enters the bedroom. Molly takes Solly’s handgun and heads out to the boulevard. Lt. Andrews pursues her and enlists Kit’s help. Dancing and chanting with the Hare Krishnas, the killer spots Molly and follows her with his switchblade. Yoyo Charlie warns Molly that the killer is behind her, and she turns and fires several shots, but the killer flees. Kit gets a ride from a motorcyclist, while Molly pursues the killer on foot. They chase the killer behind a theater, where he wounds Kit in the stomach. The killer runs away, but is cornered in an alley by Molly and Lt. Andrews. The killer grabs Molly and wounds Lt. Andrews in the shoulder. Kit appears and empties his six shooters into the killer. Lt. Andrews and Kit escort Molly from the alley. +

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