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 theToledo 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.

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