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
According to the 15th January 1981 edition of 'Film Journal', source novelist R. Lance Hill was reported to being adapting his own novel for this picture. In the end, Hill was billed for this under the pseudonym of "David Lee Henry" and was credited as a co-screenwriter with John Crowther. See more »
At the opal mine, Holland/Smith cocks his gun twice without firing a round in between. 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 »
Old Norwegian video rental version with an 16 rating are cut, later DVD version with a 15 rating are uncut but taken from the U.S R-rated version. See more »
A killer (Charles Bronson) comes out of retirement after he learns that a close friend was tortured and murdered by a sadistic man known as El Doctor (Joseph Maher).
There's really not too much plot in THE EVIL THAT MEN DO, which will probably disappoint fans of the novel. The film is actually based around some very political events and I think had the producers decided to go into a different direction then you could have had an above average thriller. Instead, the political side is pretty much sucked dry and we're given your typical Bronson picture with him playing a vigilante. As much as I love Bronson I must admit that this here is probably my least favorite of the films he made during the 80s.
One of the biggest problems with the film is that it just seems to be missing a certain something. As I said, the film could have been a lot more political and I think it's rather obvious that this is missing. There are times where certain government members are missing but none of it goes into great detail and instead we just see Bronson going around and killing members of the party until he can track down the doctor. Even the revenge aspect is pretty silly at times and especially since so much screen time has Bronson sitting in a car outside various locations. You'd think his obvious sitting would be noticed by one of the countless men watching for people looking at the compound.
I will say that Bronson turns in a good and believable performance. I thought he was obviously believable in the part but he also managed to be funny at times as well as show a more tender side when called for. Maher is also extremely good as the sadistic doctor and we also got nice performances from Antoinette Bower and John Glover. Raymond St. Jacques is also very good in his supporting role. Theresa Saldana plays the semi love interest but I found her to be extremely weak in the film. It also didn't help the story that there's really no reason for her to be in the film as it's highly unlikely that a professional killer would have her tag along.
THE EVIL THAT MEN DO also suffers from some poor pacing but director J. Lee Thompson does bring some nice suspense to the ending. However, that just comes along way too late and in the end this is just your typical B action movie.
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