The Evil That Men Do (film)

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The Evil That Men Do
Directed by J. Lee Thompson
Produced by Pancho Kohner
Written by John Crowther
David Lee Henry
Based on The Evil That Men Do 
by R. Lance Hill
Music by Ken Thorne
Cinematography Javier Ruvalcaba Cruz
Edited by Enrique Estevez
Distributed by Tri-Star Pictures
Release dates
  • September 14, 1984 (1984-09-14)
Running time
90 minutes
Country Mexico
United States[1]
Box office $13,102,025[2]

The Evil That Men Do is a 1984 Mexican-American action thriller film directed by J. Lee Thompson that stars Charles Bronson. The film was adapted by David Lee Henry and John Crowther from a novel by R. Lance Hill. Bronson plays an assassin who comes out of retirement to seek vengeance on the torture and murder of a journalist friend.


Holland is a former CIA assassin who lives quietly and peacefully on a West Indies island. He is persuaded out of retirement by the death of Jorge Hidalgo, a friend and dissident journalist. Hidalgo was murdered by Clement Molloch, a Welsh doctor who lives in Guatemala. Molloch has made a science of the practice of torture and sells his knowledge and skills to any government that can pay his price.

Holland is hired by Hector Lomelin, a professor and friend of Hidalgo. He poses as a family man and is accompanied to Guatemala by Hidalgo's widow Rhiana and daughter Sarah.



Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, reports that 40% of five surveyed critics gave the film a positive review; the average rating was 4.8/10.[3] Janet Maslin of The New York Times wrote that audiences want to see Bronson kill people, and the film delivers many audience-pleasing kills.[4] Time Out London called it "a clumsy catalogue of pain and death".[5] Fred Lutz of the Toledo Blade identified the film as a comeback for Bronson.[6] Dan Lorentz of the Milwaukee Sentinel wrote that the film is violent and exploitative, but it will probably satisfy fans of Bronson.[7]


  1. ^ "The Evil that Men Do". British Film Institute. Retrieved November 10, 2012. 
  2. ^ "The Evil That Men Do". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2014-02-16. 
  3. ^ "The Evil That Men Do (1984)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2014-02-16. 
  4. ^ Maslin, Janet (1984-09-22). "The Evil That Men Do (1984)". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-02-16. 
  5. ^ "The Evil That Men Do". Time Out London. Retrieved 2014-02-16. 
  6. ^ Lutz, Fred (1984-09-21). "Bronson More Likeable, Credible In 'Evil' Film". Toledo Blade. Retrieved 2014-02-16. 
  7. ^ Lorentz, Dan (1984-09-28). "'Evil' for Bronson Fans Only". Milwaukee Sentinel. Retrieved 2014-02-16. 

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