10 to Midnight

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Overview

Charles Bronson at 63 or so, continues his vigilante persona in this run-of-the-mill crime drama about a Richard Speck-style killer who knifes young nurses to death. There is no doubt that the film exploits both the heinous, 1966 Speck murder of eight nurses in Chicago and an audience's willingness to go along with the Bronson character, Leo Kessler, when he uses illegal means to entrap criminals. The captured killer, Warren Stacey Gene Davis manages to go free because of red tape and the need to wait for the ...
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Overview

Charles Bronson at 63 or so, continues his vigilante persona in this run-of-the-mill crime drama about a Richard Speck-style killer who knifes young nurses to death. There is no doubt that the film exploits both the heinous, 1966 Speck murder of eight nurses in Chicago and an audience's willingness to go along with the Bronson character, Leo Kessler, when he uses illegal means to entrap criminals. The captured killer, Warren Stacey Gene Davis manages to go free because of red tape and the need to wait for the outcome of his insanity plea. When he returns to his murderous predilection, Kessler takes action to permanently stop him.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
This sleazy yet surprisingly compelling combination of cop thriller and slasher movie is one of the better Charles Bronson vehicles from the early 1980's. William Roberts' script both caters to and exploits the conservative 'law and order' mood of the Reagan era, filling the story with plenty of knee-jerk reactionary messages about the failings of the American justice system while also indulging in high levels of sex and violence to pruriently illustrate these messages. Despite its obvious nature, the story does benefit from taut plotting and devotes much more time to character development than any of the Death Wish clones that Bronson churned out around this time. 10 To Midnight further benefits from inspired direction and performances. J. Lee Thompson's slick direction mixes glossy photography and fast-paced editing to create a tense game of cat-and-mouse between Bronson and his deviously clever foe. The film is lent added dramatic weight by solid work from an excellent supporting cast: Lisa Eilbacher is both fiery and likable as Bronson's free-thinking daughter, Andrew Stevens' inexperienced but intelligent tyro detective makes a witty, worthwhile foil to Bronson's veteran cop and Geoffrey Lewis contributes some amusing moments as a sleazy defense attorney who encourages the villain to go for an insanity plea if all else fails. However, 10 To Midnight is anchored by the battle of wills between its two leads: Bronson hits the right combination of self-righteousness and grizzled dark humor as the world-weary but determined cop hero and Gene Davis is downright blood-chilling as a psycho that is as narcissistic as he is perverse. When they face off during the film's climax, it's the stuff of b-movie legends. All in all, 10 To Midnight is probably a little too exploitative and grim for sensitive viewers but Bronson buffs and thriller addicts will enjoy its skillfully-crafted cheap thrills.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/1/1998
  • UPC: 027616688637
  • Original Release: 1983
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  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charles Bronson Leo Kessler
Lisa Eilbacher Laurie Kessler
Gene Davis Warren Stacey
Andrew Stevens Paul McAnn
Geoffrey Lewis Dave Dante
Wilford Brimley Capt. Malone
Robert F. Lyons Nathan Zager
Deran Sarafian Dale Anders
Sydna Scott Mrs. Johnson
Bert Williams Mr. Johnson
Ola Ray Ola
Kelly Preston Doreen
Cosie Costa Dudley
Paul McCallum Lab Technician
Jeana Tomasina Karen
Arthur Hansel Judge
Sam Chew Minister
Shawn Schepps Peg
Barbara Pilavin Gelber Mrs. Byrd
Beau Billingslea Desk Sergeant
James Keane Jerry
Jerome Thor Medical Examiner
Breck Costin Tim Bailey
Carmen Filpi Hotel Clerk
John Garwood Millikan
Shay Duffin Nestor
Dan Ades Ben Linker
Patti Tippo Party Girl
Technical Credits
J. Lee Thompson Director
Adam Greenberg Cinematographer
Del Adey-Jones Costumes/Costume Designer
Craig Felburg Musical Direction/Supervision
Yoram Globus Producer
Menahem Golan Producer
Lance Hool Producer
Pancho Kohner Producer
Peter Lee-Thompson Editor
Alan Marshall Makeup
Robert O. Ragland Score Composer
William Roberts Screenwriter
Cecilia Rodarte Set Decoration/Design
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Chuck B rocks!!

    I think I have seen all of Mr Bronson's films. I really enjoyed this one. Gene Davis is really creepy. Mr Bronson is a man of few words & lets his actions do the talking! He is missed!

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