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.
- Charles Bronson as Holland
- Theresa Saldana as Rhiana
- Joseph Maher as Clement Molloch
- José Ferrer as Hector Lomelin
- Constanza Hool as Isabel Lomelin
- Amanda Nicole Thomas as Sarah
- Jorge Humberto Robles as Jorge Hidalgo
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. Janet Maslin of The New York Times wrote that audiences want to see Bronson kill people, and the film delivers many audience-pleasing kills. Time Out London called it "a clumsy catalogue of pain and death". Fred Lutz of theToledo Blade identified the film as a comeback for Bronson. Dan Lorentz of the Milwaukee Sentinel wrote that the film is violent and exploitative, but it will probably satisfy fans of Bronson.