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10 to Midnight (1983)

A LAPD detective is on the trail of a very handsome young man who had been seducing and slashing many young women to death.

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In Los Angeles, the rookie Detective Paul McAnn teams up with the veteran Detective Leo Kessler to investigate the murder of Betty Johnson and her boyfriend that were stabbed by a naked serial-killer in a park. Detective Kessler recognizes the victim, who lived in the same neighborhood many years ago and childhood friend of his daughter Laurie Kessler. The killer Warren Stacy goes to the funeral and overhears Betty's father telling Detective Kessler that his daughter had a diary. Warren breaks in Betty's apartment and stabs and kills her roommate Karen Smalley trying to find the diary. But Karen had already delivered the journal to Detective Kessler. Leo Kessler is sure that Warren is the serial-killer and her plants a false evidence in his apartment. However, Warren's defense lawyer presses Detective McAnn accusing him of perjury and Warren is released. Now the Warren is stalking Laurie to revenge against her father. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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11 March 1983 (USA)  »

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Bloody Sunday  »

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$4,520,000 (estimated)
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15:05 When Mrs. Byrd the office manager announces to Betty's co-workers, "Betty's dead!" the music in the background is the same that would later be used in The Terminator (1984) during the police station massacre. See more »

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When Warren is chasing Betty through the woods, he's wearing pants while running in some shots. See more »

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Laurie Kessler: [answering phone] Hello?
Warren Stacy: [making obscene call using Spanish accent] Hi, baby, what's doing? How you been?
Laurie Kessler: Oh, it's you again.
Warren Stacy: How about we get together? What you say?
Laurie Kessler: [playing along for McAnn, who is tracing the call] Well, I don't usually go out with strangers. What did you say your name was?
Warren Stacy: Call me Pedro. That means Peter. I got the biggest one you've ever seen.
Laurie Kessler: That's nice to know. What do you have in mind, Pedro?
Warren Stacy: I take you to a motel, we do it every way there is. How you like it? Up, down, ...
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A Classic Thriller from the 80's with an Unforgettable Conclusion
31 October 2012 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In Los Angeles, the rookie Detective Paul McAnn (Andrew Stevens) teams up with the veteran Detective Leo Kessler (Charles Bronson) to investigate the murder of Betty Johnson (June Gilbert) and her boyfriend that were stabbed by a naked serial-killer in a park. Detective Kessler recognizes the victim, who lived in the same neighborhood many years ago and childhood friend of his daughter Laurie Kessler (Lisa Eilbacher). The killer Warren Stacy (Gene Davis) goes to the funeral and overhears Betty's father telling Detective Kessler that his daughter had a diary.

Warren breaks in Betty's apartment and stabs and kills her roommate Karen Smalley (Jeana Tomasina) trying to find the diary. But Karen had already delivered the journal to Detective Kessler. Leo Kessler is sure that Warren is the serial-killer and her plants a false evidence in his apartment. However, Warren's defense lawyer presses Detective McAnn accusing him of perjury and Warren is released. Now the Warren is stalking Laurie to revenge against her father.

"10 to Midnight" is a classic thriller from the 80's and among the best movies of Charles Bronson. I saw this film two or three times in the past and I have just seen it again. The unexpected reaction of Detetctive Leo Kessler is the climax of this great film and gives an unforgettable conclusion to the story. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Dez Minutos para Morrer" ("Ten Minutes to Die")


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