Wifes and children of the Mormon Orville Beecham become victims of a massacre in his own house. The police believes the crime had a religious motive. Orville doesn't give any comment on the... See full summary »
J. Lee Thompson
Trish Van Devere,
Jay Killion (Charles Bronson) had been the presidential bodyguard, but for the inauguration of the recently elected president, he is assigned to the first lady, Lara Royce (Jill Ireland). ... See full summary »
Peter R. Hunt
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
First time that Jill Ireland worked on a movie of her husband Charles Bronson which was behind the camera instead of in front of the camera. Ireland was an associate producer on this picture. Later, she would be a co-producer on another Bronson vehicle, Murphy's Law (1986). See more »
At the start of a car chase where Holland lets Rhiana drive, a part of Rhiana's skirt gets caught in the door as she closes it, but it is free in subsequent shots. See more »
A killer (Charles Bronson) comes out of retirement after he learns that a close friend was tortured and murdered by a sadistic man known as El Doctor (Joseph Maher).
There's really not too much plot in THE EVIL THAT MEN DO, which will probably disappoint fans of the novel. The film is actually based around some very political events and I think had the producers decided to go into a different direction then you could have had an above average thriller. Instead, the political side is pretty much sucked dry and we're given your typical Bronson picture with him playing a vigilante. As much as I love Bronson I must admit that this here is probably my least favorite of the films he made during the 80s.
One of the biggest problems with the film is that it just seems to be missing a certain something. As I said, the film could have been a lot more political and I think it's rather obvious that this is missing. There are times where certain government members are missing but none of it goes into great detail and instead we just see Bronson going around and killing members of the party until he can track down the doctor. Even the revenge aspect is pretty silly at times and especially since so much screen time has Bronson sitting in a car outside various locations. You'd think his obvious sitting would be noticed by one of the countless men watching for people looking at the compound.
I will say that Bronson turns in a good and believable performance. I thought he was obviously believable in the part but he also managed to be funny at times as well as show a more tender side when called for. Maher is also extremely good as the sadistic doctor and we also got nice performances from Antoinette Bower and John Glover. Raymond St. Jacques is also very good in his supporting role. Theresa Saldana plays the semi love interest but I found her to be extremely weak in the film. It also didn't help the story that there's really no reason for her to be in the film as it's highly unlikely that a professional killer would have her tag along.
THE EVIL THAT MEN DO also suffers from some poor pacing but director J. Lee Thompson does bring some nice suspense to the ending. However, that just comes along way too late and in the end this is just your typical B action movie.
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