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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.


J. Lee Thompson


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




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


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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Bronson has never been meaner! See more »


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USAid, the United States Agency for International Development has been the subject of controversy before. It overseas the distribution of foreign aid coming from the United States. Numerous undercover officers from CIA, DEA and other agencies have worked for USAID, often times to ensure payments and payoffs to local officials for carrying out US Foreign Policy, and to provide whatever assiistance they need to implement it, particularly in 3rd World countries in Africa and South America. Virtually every country in Central and South America has had to deal with communist insurgencies, sympathizers, radical student organizations and local militia groups trying to assassinate government officials, prominent businessmen, and families and attempting coups. Peru, Chile, Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Suriname and many others. At the peasant level, communist propaganda is often imposed on the villagers through violence and anti-communist forces, often funded with foreign aid, inflict the same punishments such as mass rape, physical, sexual, and psychological torture, executions, kidnappings for ransom, forced deportation, resettlement, and reeducation. Entire villages, hamlets and cultures have been exterminated by left and right wing death squads. In cities, mass arrests have led to students, professors, politicians, police officers, lawyers, poets, writers, actors and other prominent citizens being killed or executed on carefully staged demonstrations of power and terror, therby instilling fear in their opposition by simply herding a few thousand people into a stadium, choosing an unlucky subject and letting everyone there hear the screams of horror. Other times it is simply more expedient to quietly do away with them and claim no knowledge of their abduction. It has been used by virtually every government in every corner of the world for 2000 years. See more »


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


Dr. Clement Molloch: Gentlemen, torture as a political instrument is no longer the crude and brutal extraction of information from one's enemies. It has become a subtle and sophisticated specialty, to be carried out with medical and scientific precision.
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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 German 2018 / 2019 FSK-18 rated DVD and Blu-Ray releases feature the fully uncut US-Unrated version See more »


Referenced in Pulp Fiction (1994) See more »


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Music by Duncan Lamont
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Victim of the PC culture?
13 September 2000 | by pugdog#1See all my reviews

This movie was a foray into the darker sides of men. It was released in the final-wave post WWII 'man hunt' era, and the midsts of human rights troubles in various parts of the world where governments tried to rule by violence. The year of its release '1984' is probably not an accident either.

Unfortunately, this movie quickly fell victim to the 'PC' culture, apparently, and with a few snips of the sissors became nothing but a hollow vision of barely believable evil.

This movie, largely because of the now 'missing' scenes, etched its message deeply upon me the first time I saw it. The second time I saw it, those scenes were gone. And they are not in either of the 2 VHS releases I have.

Playings on both pay and free TV over the past decade have cut out (at least) the first scene where the 'doctor' discusses and demonstrates the differences in torturing men vs women. Without that opening scene, many of the following scenes and much of the movie become pointless depictions of torture without the insights into the deepest 'evil that men do.'

Admittedly, even with those scenes, it was not Charles Bronson's best, yet any movie that etches itself as deeply, and as hauntingly upon the memory is worth seeing at least once, uncut.

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Release Date:

21 September 1984 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico See more »


Box Office


$4,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,538,400, 23 September 1984

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