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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.

Director:

J. Lee Thompson

Writer:

William Roberts

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Bronson ... Leo Kessler
Lisa Eilbacher ... Laurie Kessler
Andrew Stevens ... Paul McAnn
Gene Davis ... Warren Stacy
Geoffrey Lewis ... Dave Dante
Wilford Brimley ... Captain Malone
Robert F. Lyons ... Nathan Zager (as Robert Lyons)
Bert Williams Bert Williams ... Mr. Johnson
Iva Lane Iva Lane ... Bunny
Ola Ray ... Ola
Kelly Preston ... Doreen (as Kelly Palzis)
Cosie Costa Cosie Costa ... Dudley
Paul McCallum Paul McCallum ... Lab Technician
Jeana Keough ... Karen (as Jeana Tomasina)
June Gilbert June Gilbert ... Betty
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Back in town... with a vengeance! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 March 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ten to Midnight See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,520,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$7,100,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was made in 1982, two years before DNA started to be used in criminal investigations. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the movie, McCann pulls up in a beige car. After Kessler shoots Stacy, the camera pans out and now there are black and white police cars everywhere and McCann's beige car is nowhere to be seen. See more »

Quotes

Medical Examiner: [38:03] Death was caused by the severing of the intestines and major arteries causing massive hemorrhaging.
Leo Kessler: This is all alright but can you tell us something that we can use?
Medical Examiner: The Johnson girl's blood type is the least common: AB-. In addition, there's evidence of a hepatitis infection, now dormant.
Captain Malone: Was this girl raped, doc?
Medical Examiner: There's no evidence of forcible entry.
Leo Kessler: I could have told you that, ya know.
Medical Examiner: On the basis of what?
Leo Kessler: If anybody does something like this, his knife has gotta be his penis.
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Alternate Versions

Although passed uncut for cinema UK video versions were cut by 1 min 42 secs by the BBFC with heavy edits to shots of male/female nudity and stabbings during the dormitory attack scene, and cuts to shots of a naked woman being chased in a forest. The cuts were fully waived for the 2004 DVD release. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

I'll Be Back
/ Police Station & Escape
Music & Lyrics by Brad Fiedel
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The Best Charles Bronson Movie Ever
13 April 2004 | by quixotism-9See all my reviews

Sure, some will throw they're vote to Death Wish or Telefon, but 10 to Midnight provides such a rich tapestry of Bronson cop movie cliches that to my mind it is all one need see.

The film has minimal Bronson action, the best Bronson lines (choice sample You know what this is for, Warren? It's for JERKING OFF! and moves along at a clip.

Another of those fascist post-Dirty Harry cop roles where the viewers' is sealed early as the movie goes to great lengths to make it clear that the killer is guilty even before we see Bronson.

Fantastic Bronson stuff.


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