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,
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
The film's co-screenwriter John Crowther has said of this movie: "I'd known [producer] Pancho Kohner for years. We got to be very good friends. I had actually worked on another Bronson picture as a writer. I wasn't credited, but I was the final writer on location in Switzerland on Love and Bullets (1979). I was casting director on 10 to Midnight (1983). [R. Lance Hill] had it in his contract that he could do the first draft of the screenplay. But it was fairly clear that he was not a screenwriter. He just made a screenplay out of a novel. There were things in it that weren't cinematic. It didn't make good action, it didn't make good visuals. It just didn't work as a movie. Pancho, Lance Hool, and I knew that this really needed a major, major rewrite, really going back to the book and starting over. Pancho told [ITC] that they were bringing me on to rewrite [Hill's] script, which was really not true. I wasn't really rewriting his script, I really went right back to the novel. They hired me on a weekly contract, thinking that it would take two or three weeks and I'd be finished. This all started in '82 in the fall. One of the things that I knew from the very beginning when I read the book was that there were holes of logic in it that you could drive trucks through. The premise is nonsense. It's ridiculous. 'The Doctor' has better security than the Israeli Mossad, it says so in the book. It's just impossible to get to 'the Doctor'. But the security for 'the Doctor' couldn't be more ridiculous. He's got these three lameos doing his security and this crappy video surveillance. So, the challenge was to just keep it going so fast that nobody would notice. I had to keep it moving and at such a fast pace that nobody would turn around and say, 'But wait a minute, that can't be'." See more »
At the village restaurant where Holland shoots two people, the sound coming from his sawn-off shotgun when he fires is that of a Magnum handgun. See more »
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 »
My Vote For Most Disgusting & Repellent Movie Of All Time
This is one of the few movies - maybe the only - that truly haunted me for years. It was the first I had ever seen people tortured, so much that blood was flowing of their mouths from gritting their teeth and screaming, etc. It was brutal; the worst thing I had ever seen on film.
Dr. Clement Molloch, played by Joseph Mayer, is still one of the most evil characters I've ever seen on film, and I've viewed thousands. He was so sadistic that I would never watch this movie again, nor would I recommend it. He makes Hannibal Lecter look like Mr. Rogers. If seeing people tortured is not your idea of fun, then stay away from this film.
I know there are a lot of sick people out there, many of them professional film critics, who probably enjoyed this sordid, sick story. It's a "B" movie, anyway, with stupid dialog and some wooden acting by Charles Bronson. This is not one of his better efforts. Even if it was, there so many horrendous scenes in here you wouldn't want to watch. Trust me on this one.
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