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The Evil That Men Do (1984)

A professional killer comes out of retirement to investigate and avenge the brutal murder of an old friend.

Director:

J. Lee Thompson

Writers:

R. Lance Hill (novel), R. Lance Hill (screenplay) (as David Lee Henry) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Bronson ... Holland
Theresa Saldana ... Rhiana
Joseph Maher ... Molloch
José Ferrer ... Hector Lomelin (as Jose Ferrer)
René Enríquez ... Max (as Rene Enriquez)
John Glover ... Briggs
Raymond St. Jacques ... Randolph
Antoinette Bower ... Claire
Enrique Lucero ... Aristos
Jorge Luke ... Cillero
Mischa Hausserman Mischa Hausserman ... Karl
Roger Cudney ... Cannell
Constanza Hool Constanza Hool ... Isabel
Joe Seneca ... Santiago
Jorge Zepeda Jorge Zepeda ... Victim
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Storyline

Clement Moloch (Joseph Maher (R.I.P.))is a doctor (dubbed "the doctor"), but instead of using his skills to heal; he uses them to torture. He works for governments including the U.S. who wants insurgents dealt with. Now several of his victims want him dead and after several attempts fail. Holland (Charles Bronson (R.I.P.)), a retried killer for hire, is informed of the death of an old friend who was trying to kill Moloch. Holland initially stating that he is retired doesn't take the job. But he changes his mind. He asks for woman and a child to accompany him so that he could appear to be a family man. And the woman who goes with him (Theresa Saldana) is the wife of his friend, who brings her daughter along. When Holland arrives he notices that Moloch is heavily protected so he starts by taking out his people. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Most criminals answer to the law. The world's most savage executioner must answer to Bronson. See more »

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Action | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Mexico | USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 September 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Justicia salvaje See more »

Filming Locations:

Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,538,400, 23 September 1984

Gross USA:

$13,102,025

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,102,025
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Part of the movie's music score is excerpted and borrowed from Green Ice (1981) which was also an ITC Entertainment production. This music can be heard over at least one DVD edition's menu for the movie. See more »

Goofs

The doctor's Mercury Grand Marquis which is attacked by the miners during the climax switches from an early 1980s model to a 1974 Ford LTD. See more »

Quotes

Rhiana Hidalgo: You read lips?
Holland: Yes.
Rhiana Hidalgo: I'm sorry. I now realize I was mistaken.
Holland: Decided I don't look like a killer?
Rhiana Hidalgo: I've decided I should keep my opinions to myself.
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Crazy Credits

Writers R. Lance Hill and David Lee Henry are the same person. Hill was given the chance to adapt his own novel but used the pseudonym David Lee Henry. His work on the script was eventually written out by John Crowther, though the pseudonym of Henry still received a credit. See more »

Alternate Versions

The original UK cinema version was cut by 52 secs by the BBFC with a further 10 secs being cut from the video release. The electricity torture scene was very heavily edited and the film also suffered cuts from the opening fight in the bar and assorted gunshot wounds. All BBFC cuts were restored in the 2007 Network DVD release, though the print used is the U.S R-rated version and missing brief blood spurts from the shooting of Briggs and Randolph's gory death. See more »

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Night Vigil
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Music by Richard Harvey
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Torturer In Chief
21 December 2007 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In 1984 the film The Evil That Men Do was very relevant because of the news coming out of El Salvador. During the Cold War the USA supported some pretty nauseating folks, El Salvador's regime was one of them. The unnamed Central American country where the action takes place is El Salvador.

Charles Bronson is a retired hit-man who takes a commission to avenge the death of Theresa Saldana's husband, a journalist critical of the regime. The guy she holds responsible is Joseph Maher, known as 'El Doctor' a bloodless sadist of distinctly non-Latin origin who apparently holds the rank of torturer in chief.

It's Maher's performance which you will remember from The Evil That Men Do. He's a man who apparently studied under Joseph Mengele and learned the trade well. He has but one weakness, for his lesbian sister, Antoinette Bower. Bronson plays on that to get his man.

Also note some good work from Raymond St. Jacques as Maher's number one assistant and from John Glover a sleazy CIA station chief in Central America who apparently Maher and company can call on for help.

Jose Ferrer is in the film all too briefly at the beginning as he hires Bronson on Saldana's behalf. He's always been a favorite of mine, I wish there was more of him here.

As for the climax, Director J. Lee Thompson took his inspiration from Tennessee Williams's Suddenly Last Summer. Some very eerie parallels to what happens to Sebastian in that film.

I like The Evil That Men Do because it deals with evil as an entity unto itself. We just have to remember 9/11 to realize that. The Doctor is pure evil and we rejoice in bringing him down.


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