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Evil That Men Do
     

The Evil That Men Do

Director: J. Lee Thompson

Cast: Charles Bronson, Theresa Saldana, Joseph Maher

 

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In yet another slick, formulaic Charles Bronson vengeance film (they would continue until the actor was in his mid-70s, still playing the morally insulted friend/husband/lover), Bronson is Holland, an assassin for hire who has just come out of retirement to finish off a Guatemalan thug by the name of Moloch (Joseph Maher). Moloch tortures and terrorizes the good guys

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In yet another slick, formulaic Charles Bronson vengeance film (they would continue until the actor was in his mid-70s, still playing the morally insulted friend/husband/lover), Bronson is Holland, an assassin for hire who has just come out of retirement to finish off a Guatemalan thug by the name of Moloch (Joseph Maher). Moloch tortures and terrorizes the good guys and is protected by a misguided American government agency -- though nothing can stop Holland once he starts killing his way to the chief villain. No one except the wife of one of Moloch's victims -- and perhaps a few viewers now and again -- raises any questions about Holland's trail of corpses.

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Made right in the midst of Charles Bronson's transition from Hollywood star to 80's exploitation film icon, The Evil That Men Do is an interesting combination of both these personas. Like his classic Hollywood work, it boasts a strong supporting cast, handsome production values and a slick look. However, this film also has the brutality, pulp fiction-ish elements and sleazy overtones of the grittier fare he started doing around the same time with Cannon Films. One's appreciation for The Evil That Men Do will depend on how well one can deal with the aforementioned seamier elements. That said, those predisposed toward exploitation fare will enjoy the film's hard-hitting style. The script lacks shading and subtlety but it works efficiently as a grim revenge thriller, one with a nasty streak of dark humor (look out for the way Bronson dispatches a roughneck in a rural bar). J. Lee Thompson brings a nice sense of scope to the story and stages several effective action sequences: the most memorable is the desert-set finale, which manages to be gruesome and surreal all at once. Thompson also gets strong performances across the board: Theresa Saldana is affectingly vulnerable as the woman who assists Bronson while Joseph Maher hits a combination of arrogance and chilling cruelty that makes his villain easy to hate. Bronson remains his usual cool-under-fire self at the center of the action, bringing the occasional note of sly humor to certain scenes where he has to interact with the villains but otherwise playing the material straight. Ultimately, The Evil That Men Do is a programmer -- and a rather sleazy one at that -- but it guaranteed to entertain the Bronson fanbase and is better than a lot of films he would do later on.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/01/2009
UPC:
0759731411622
Original Release:
1984
Source:
Henstooth Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:30:00
Sales rank:
10,342

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Performance Credits
Charles Bronson Holland
Theresa Saldana Rhiana
Joseph Maher Dr. Hector Lomelin
Rene Enriquez Max
José Ferrer Dr. Hector Lomelin
John Glover Briggs
Raymond St. Jacques Randolph
Angélica Aragón Maria
Antoinette Bower Claire
Ernesto Gómez Cruz Cafe Owner
Roger Cudney Cannell
Ken Fritz Stuntman
Miguel Angel Fuentes Latino
Alfredo Gutierrez Gunman
Mischa Hausserman Karl
Enrique Lucero Aristos
Jorge Luke Cillero
Rodrigo Puebla Farmer
Eduardo Lopez Rojas Bartender
Carlos Romano Cripple
Joe Seneca Santiago
Jorge Zepeda Victim
Alan Conrad Fugitive
Anais de Melo Dominique

Technical Credits
J. Lee Thompson Director
Poppy Cannon Costumes/Costume Designer
Laurencio Cordero Special Effects
John Crowther Screenwriter
Javier Ruvalcaba Cruz Cinematographer
Enrique Estevez Art Director
David Lee Henry Screenwriter
Lance Hool Executive Producer
Jill Ireland Associate Producer
Pancho Kohner Producer
Peter Lee-Thompson Editor
Ernie F. Orsatti Stunts
Ken Thorne Score Composer
Gordon A. Webb Asst. Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Evil That Men Do
1. Start [7:44]
2. Holland [8:30]
3. Let's Do It [8:37]
4. Cockfight [6:18]
5. Reconnaissance [7:04]
6. Stong Hands [5:00]
7. First Class Pad [3:31]
8. I'm Sorry [12:07]
9. Max Talks [8:32]
10. The Hitman [11:28]
11. Opal Mines [8:53]
12. End Credits [2:24]

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