Smith treads lightly around his more aristocratic peers, two of which own the Colorado Water Company, and is a best friend to the Denver Chief of Police. Smith believes someone else hired an assassin to kill the family which included seven children and it could be over artesian water rights Zenas wouldn't sell to the Colorado Water Company because it was farm land going back generations. Bronson is a Denver journalist who find him self out for lunch and serial homicide one afternoon. The women of a rural family in Colorado are slaughtered along with half a dozen young children by mysterious visitors. Orville doesn't give any comment on the investigation and he is taken into protective custody. The acting could be shaky at times and the direction clearly had a problem with achieving the psychological moods in scenes. Bronson has two leading ladies with naught a hint of romance with either, in Denver Marilyn Hassett in the boonies, fellow newspaperperson Trish Van Devere.
Turns out a third party is trying to cause a rift between them, so that their valuable property can be seized. Doyle as Doc Turner as Fund Raiser Contributor as Florinda Beecham as Fund Raiser Contributor as Mrs. Charles Bronson tries his hardest to come across as a plausible journalist, but there are definitely some problems regarding his character. Smith then becomes determined to find out who, even at risk to his own life. There is a tiny bit of blood. Special mention for Laurence Luckinbill who gives an overacting with quite gesticulation. More back n forth than a washing machine in motion.
Van Devere is lovely and appealing, and Benzali is quite amusing as the police chief who's being promoted for a run for the mayors' office. This sets off further sparks among two brothers who already have bad blood between them: fundamentalist preacher Willis Beecham Jeff Corey and farmer Zenas Beecham John Ireland. This movie represented the eighth and penultimate of nine teaming of director 'J Lee Thompson' with star actor Charles Bronson. Apart the plot the amazing Colorado landscape is breathtaking and the music score is properly fine,as always Bronson never disappoint his fans. But, although the chief miscreants are somewhere among them, it's hard to tell just who they are. Instead of doing actual writing today I decided to procrastinate and view this 1980s Charles Bronson masterpiece. Without speaking one word, the man unhesitatingly butchers the women one pregnant one before turning towards the children and shooting them too.
Bronson plays Denver Tribune crime reporter Garrett Smith, who investigates the murder mystery of a Mormon family. Surprisingly different role for Charles Bronson he does not play the title character! Charles Bronson plays a Denver reporter who gets involved with the warring Mormon clans who go to war over the killings, and he's pretty bad here. Bronson plays Denver Tribune crime reporter Garrett Smith, who investigates the murder mystery of a Mormon family. Sure, this was an entertaining enough movie for what it was. Smith tries to mediate between rival factions who have broken off from the Salt Lake theology and are carrying on a bloody feud.
And there are the owners of Colorado Water, the husband who gave the company to his wife as a Christmas present, and the pretty wife who seems to know nothing about managing the company. Lee Thompson , though he fell ill during the making of this film , the picture was then finished by the first and 2nd unit director : Robert C. Based on a book and scripted by Paul Jarrico , as its source Rex Burns novel 'The Avenging Angel' was first published in 1983 , though the film has little in common with the novel it is based on. Daniel Benzali is also good with what she had to do. Trish Van Devere is okay with what she had to do, and did her job adequately.
The film has Charles Bronson in its favor, and is fairly well-made. One wonders if Cannon were only interested in getting the video rented when they came up with this title, especially in the context of the poster. There's Laurence Luckinbill as a good-natured pal of everybody. A Mormon blood feud might not be the reason for the massacre, the motive shall we say might be more commercial. The film opens well, with an atmospheric prologue in which two mysterious gunmen massacre the wives and children, although why the gunmen's identities are concealed is something of a mystery as they disappear for the next thirty minutes and are immediately confirmed as the killers when they re-appear. In conclusion, avoid this movie at all costs. Ireland's farm is sitting on top of a huge aquifer that would provide all the water for a pittance but Ireland has refused to sell.
This light entertainment and standard Bronson movie is full of action , thrills , and disturbing scenes. The meaning and relevance of this movie's title is that it refers to a drawing featuring an avenging angel of death that is left at a crime scene at the beginning of the flick. The only way for a possessed person to free themselves from this torment is to cut off their left hand after which it scurries away in search of its next victim. This bit of content represents the promising beginning of a compelling and highly suspenseful albeit flawed thriller starring the almighty Charles Bronson in an unconventional at least, for him role. Bronson--who doesn't even carry a gun in this picture--stars as a reporter for the Denver Tribune who covers a story involving the murder of the three wives and six children of an expelled Mormon farmer. The mystery aspect could have been played up a lot better but too often the film falls back to a formula action picture where we see Bronson whooping up on people.
John Ireland and Jeff Corey pay a pair of feuding Mormon brothers, these two have some real hate for each other, they make some of those Appalachin mountain people feuds like the Oxford debating society. He moved into the field of international spectaculars , at which point his filmmaking seemed to lose its individuality. John Solari is the repulsive assassin who, at the opening of the film, unloads shot gun blasts into defenseless Mormon women without hesitation. At the very least, this offers some gorgeous scenery and a rousing music score by Robert O. The opening set piece of the killing of innocent women and children is pretty chilling, and there's one action highlight of two big rigs sandwiching a truck in between them. Scully as Orville Beecham as Sheriff Yates as Jimmy as Florinda Beecham as Esther Beecham as Ursula Beecham as Naomi Beecham as Plety Beecham as Mrs. It made no difference to the screenwriter.
Charlie depicts a journalist of the Denver newspaper who sinks his teeth into the circumstances surrounding the tragic massacre and stumbles upon a story bigger than he bargained for. It begins with a weird, effectively staged massacre and includes some offbeat elements along with the familiar ones. The latter killings occur off screen but the footage is nonetheless shocking considering the madman's emotionless modus operandi. So they created a new set of stereotypes. Orville doesn't give any comment on the case, is taken into protective custody.