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The Evil That Men Do (1984)

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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Rhiana Hidalgo / Nancy
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Dr. Clement Molloch
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Dr. Hector Lomelin
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Max Ortiz, Holland's contact in Nicaragua
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Paul Briggs, U.S. Embassy
Raymond St. Jacques ...
Randolph, Molloch's Bodyguard
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Claire, Molloch's Sister
Enrique Lucero ...
Colonel Victor Aristos
Jorge Luke ...
Cillero, Molloch's Chauffeur
Mischa Hausserman ...
Karl Haussman
Roger Cudney ...
Cannell, Hitman Hired by Briggs
Constanza Hool ...
Isabel Lomelin, Dr. Lomelin's Wife
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Santiago
Jorge Zepeda ...
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Clement Moloch is a 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, 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 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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In the execution of justice there is no executioner like BRONSON See more »

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14 September 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Az erőszak pokla  »

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$4,600,000 (estimated)
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The original UK cinema version was cut by 52 secs by the British Board of Film Classification with a further 10 secs being cut from its UK video release. The electricity torture scene was very heavily edited and the film also suffered cuts from the opening fight in the bar. All BBFC cuts were restored in the 2007 Network DVD release though the print used was the American R-rated version. See more »

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At the opal mine, Holland/Smith cocks his gun twice without firing a round in between. See more »

Quotes

Rhiana Hidalgo: What are you going to do?
Holland: I'm gonna rattle his cage. And when he sticks his neck out, I'll nail him.
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Referenced in My Best Friend's Birthday (1987) See more »

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Brutal Bronson Fun
8 April 2008 | by (Salzburg, Austria) – See all my reviews

One of the most widely hated films with the great late Charles Bronson, "The Evil That Men Do" of 1984 is the nastiest most brutal, and in my opinion one of his better collaborations with director J. Lee Thompson. I haven't seen "The White Buffalo" yet, but their other collaborations include the decent "10 To Midnight", the mediocre "Murphy's Law" and the god-awful "Death Wish 4". Even though far from flawless, "The Evil That Men Do" is another highly entertaining Bronson flick, with a super-tough Bronson, non-stop action and extreme brutality - can one ask for more? Bronson plays Holland, a professional assassin who has retired to a tropic paradise on the Cayman Islands. When an old friend, an oppositional journalist in a South American dictatorship is tortured to death by the English torture specialist 'The Doctor' Clement Molloch (Jospeh Maher), Holland decides to come out of retirement to avenge his friend and free Latin America of its most despicable torturer, The Doctor, who travels from one dictatorship to another in order to fulfill his evil deeds...

Bronson is great and super-tough as always and Joseph Maher makes a particularly evil bad guy. Bronson has had better roles playing a professional assassin - Sergio Sollima's great "Citta Violenta" is just one example. But he nevertheless kicks ass as Holland in this movie, even if it is far away from being one of the masterpieces he has starred in. The only character that annoyed the hell out of me was that of Teresa Saldana, who plays the wife of the friend Holland is out to avenge. On the one hand she wants Bronson to avenge her husband and put an end to the Doctor's evil deeds, but on the other hand she keeps complaining when people get hurt. The violence is omnipresent and bloody, the film begins with a torture scene that is more than a bit nasty. People keep complaining about the lack of character development and plot, and about the violence. I wonder what people some people expect from a mid 80s action flick with Bronson that runs 87 minutes. Citizen Kane? Charles Bronson is one of my favorite actors, and director J. Lee Thompson was doubtlessly talented, which great films like "Cape Fear" (1962) prove. I admit that their collaborations were not exactly masterpieces, but most of them, such as this one, are pure, violent fun made strictly for entertainment purposes. And that is exactly what "The Evil That Men Do" provides: Pure, violent entertainment! Enjoy!


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