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Angels Revenge is a 1979 movie from Arista Films, directed by Greydon Clark. It is also known as Angels' Brigade and Seven from Heaven.
The movie focuses on seven women who decide to fight the local drug cartel. The brother of Michelle Wilson, a Las Vegas pop singer, is found severely beaten. When taken to the hospital, the young man is found to have been on illegal drugs. The singer meets with April, her brother's teacher, who reveals that she's secretly been gathering intelligence on the cartel's local drug processing plant, and Michelle agrees to help April with a plan to destroy the plant. With Michelle's fame opening the door, they recruit four more women with special skills and connections to help them carry out their audacious goal. As they plan their first strike, they discover high-schooler Trish spying on them. The student gets relegated to phone duty, but eventually worms her way into their escapades. The "Angels" not only destroy the processing plant, but also manage to intercept one of the shipments. As a result, the women receive unwelcome attention from the local drug cartel.
Angels Revenge has major roles for Peter Lawford and Jack Palance as the leaders of a drug cartel, and gives minor roles to famous character actors Jim Backus, Alan Hale, Jr., Pat Buttram and Arthur Godfrey (playing himself). Of the actresses who played the movie's seven female protagonists, however, the closest any had previously come to any degree of fame was Robin Greer, who won prominent roles on Ryan's Hope and Falconcrest. Susan Kiger was the Playboy Playmate of the Month for January 1977, and played singer Michelle Wilson; her co-stars were Sylvia Anderson as stuntwoman Terry Grant, Lieu Chinh as martial arts instructor Keiko Umaro, Jacqueline Cole as high-school teacher April, Noela Velasco as model Maria, and Robin Greer as policewoman Elaine Brenner. Robin's younger sister Liza Greer plays high-school student Trish, who invites herself into the team.
The movie provides examples of:
- Absentee Actor: In a rare instance of this trope appearing in a movie, Neville Brand (who plays Miller) is completely cut out of some versions of the film (inlcuding the one used on Mystery Science Theater 3000), despite his name being left in the credits.
- Absolute Cleavage
- AcCENT Upon the Wrong SylLABle: Elaine in some scenes.
Elaine: It's a nice IDEA, but it's not a PLAN.
- Action Girl: Seven of them, to be precise.
- All Asians Are Alike: Keiko has a Japanese name and wields a katana, but is introduced as being from Vietnam. Technically it's possible, but given the general intelligence level of this movie as a whole, it's far more likely that They Just Didn't Care.
- Also, the actress playing her was Chinese.
- Amazon Brigade
- Brick Joke: The guy in the outhouse.
- Broken Aesop: Violence and torture are a-okay if they're used by sexy heroines against drug pushers.
- Also, "Fame Equals Trustworthy."
- Cool Seventies Van
- Weaponized Car: Terry made a few modifications.
- Creator Cameo: Writer/director Greydon Clark makes a cameo as the director of Terry's film shoot.
- Da Chief: Miller, who is Elaine's gruff superior at the police station. He doesn't approve of the Angels' hijinks or Elaine's involvement, but he eventually warms to the idea--when the Angels bring the captured drugs to his office while in their bathing suits.
- Dead Hat Shot: After the Waterfall Shower scene, the Angels force the mooks who tried to capture them to submerge themselves in the pond. One of the mooks is wearing a cowboy hat that floats on the surface after he goes under.
- Deleted Scenes: A few that were missing from some cuts of the movie (including the version used on Mystery Science Theater 3000). Highlights include the van construction montage, Elaine talking to Miller about the Angels, an extended tour of the completed van, Trish complaining (yet again) that the other Angels never let her do anything, Elaine and the Angels dropping off the captured drugs with Miller, and April rescuing the other Angels from the bad guys during the infamous Waterfall Shower scene.
- Drugs Are Bad
- Expospeak: A radio station recaps the events of the previous scenes.
- Fanservice Extra: For about five seconds in a one scene, we see a bikini-clad brunette floating in Burke's pool while eating a lollypop suggestively. And this is in a movie that's already pretty darn high in the Fan Service department.
- Girls with Guns, and grenades, and katanas, and brass knuckles, and pepper spray, and weaponized vehicles, and...(etc.)
- Goldfish Poop Gang: Cmdr. Lindsey March's American Right.
- Groin Attack: Threatened, with a sword, to perp-sweat a drug dealer. "They're revoking his member-ship!"
- Honest John's Dealership / Sexist Used Car Salesman: Pat Buttram plays a folksy car dealer who sells the women a shoddy van (which they fix up anyway).
- Hot Chick with a Sword: Keiko.
- How We Got Here: The film inexplicably starts with the entire climax, after which one of the Angels explains the whole thing to the audience.
- Huddle Shot: It's boob-tastic!
- Indy Ploy: April's initial plan to destroy the processing plant.
- In Medias Res: The film's recut with the first half of the raid on the processing plant as an Action Prologue, then showing most of the first few acts as a flashback before returning to the rest of the raid.
- Jiggle Movie: All that's missing is Russ Meyer's name in the credits.
- Jumped At the Call: Trish.
- Lock and Load Montage: Used rather stylishly in the sequence (missing from the Mystery Science Theater 3000 cut) where they put the van together.
- The Magnificent Seven Samurai
- Male Gaze: Constantly. For example, early in the movie, we get a shot straight up a ladder as Michelle is climbing it, making her butt the central focus of the frame.
- Market-Based Title: The movie was originally titled Seven From Heaven, but has also gone by Angels' Brigade and the more well-known Angels Revenge, for whatever reason.
- Only a Flesh Wound: While she's clearly affected by being shot, Trish is shown caring more about whether her actions earn her a spot among the Angels.
- Pilot Movie: It's fairly obvious, especially with the V-Formation Team Shot and the "7" transition bumper. Someone was trying to get this turkey made into a series.
- Real Life Relative: Sisters Robin and Liza Greer play the non-related characters Elaine and Trish.
- Jacqueline Cole was married to director Greydon Clark.
- Right-Wing Militia Fanatic: The Angels steal weapons and ammo from a right wing militia in order to wage their war on the drug cartel.
- Rummage Fail
- Running Gag: The aforementioned Rummage Fail.
- And Trish complaining that she never gets to participate in missions.
- Sassy Black Woman: Terry
- Scary Black Woman: Terry, the stuntwoman (especially when she's helping con Jim Backus' militia group).
- The Schlub Pub Seduction Deduction: Especially egregious when they're dressed in bikinis on a ridiculously cold, foggy day on a deserted beach.
- The Seventies: And how.
- Seven Woman Band:
- Show Some Leg
- Snooping Little Kid: Trish
- Spy Catsuit: Worn by the team during the raid on the compound and in the V-Formation Team Shot behind the closing credits.
- Stock Sound Effects: Oddly, they chose to use cartoony sounds in the fight scenes.
- The Strategist: Elaine, the policewoman, who irons out the details of the raid on the compound as soon as she arrives.
- Suspiciously Similar Song: Angels Revenge features a triumphant melody that's "Vaguely Strauss, but noooooooot!"
- And later on, the background music sounds suspiciously like the Charlie's Angels theme...
- Token Minority
- Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Trish, though it might be Justified since she's a young teenager. She gets just a little too excited at Sticks' unwanted bris, she latches onto a drug dealer's car in order to track him, and she fatally shoots Burke at the end. However, the trope is slightly Averted when she learns how to shoot a gun: she fires it inelegantly, then runs off crying and embarrassed.
- Unspoken Plan Guarantee: Averted; the first scene is the Angels reciting a quick summary of their plan to attack the cartel's compound (which Elaine comes up with later in the film), and beside some additional security, it proceeds perfectly.
- V-Formation Team Shot: In the credits.
- Waterfall Shower: The Angels enjoy one in the woods after blowing up the drug processing compound.
- Wrench Wench: Terry
- ↑ and earlier in the story