10 to Midnight

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10 to Midnight (1983,USA) is a Crime-thriller film directed by J. Lee Thompson.
  • The movie marks the fourth collaboration between Bronson and director J. Lee Thompson (following 1976's St. Ives, 1977's The White Buffalo, and 1980's Caboblanco).


Main Details

  • Released in 1983 | Color | Runtime: 101 min | Rated R
  • Production Co: Cannon Group | City Films
  • Distribution Co: Cannon Film Distributors (1983) (USA) (theatrical) | Suomi-Filmi (1983) (Finland) (theatrical) | Warner-Columbia Filmverleih (1983) (Germany) (theatrical) | Citadel Films (Canada) (theatrical) | MGM/UA Entertainment Company (1983) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Directed by J. Lee Thompson
  • Written by J. Lee Thompson and William Roberts
  • Starring: Charles Bronson, Lisa Eilbacher, Andrew Stevens, Gene Davis, Geoffrey Lewis, Wilford Brimley, Robert F. Lyons, Bert Williams, Iva Lane, Ola Ray, Kelly Preston.
  • Produced by Yoram Globus, Menahem Golan, Lance Hool, Pancho Kohner
  • Original Music by Robert O. Ragland
  • Cinematography by Adam Greenberg
  • Film Editing by Peter Lee-Thompson

Also Known As

  • Éjféli leszámolás (Hungary)
  • 10 före midnatt (Finland)
  • 10 før midnatt (Norway)
  • 10 lepta prin ta mesanyhta (Greece) |
  • 10 minut do polnoci (Slovenia)
  • Al filo de la medianoche (Spain)
  • Dez Minutos Para Morrer (Brazil)
  • Dez para a Meia-Noite (Portugal)
  • Dieci minuti a mezzanotte (Italy)
  • Diez a la media noche (Peru)
  • Diez minutos para morir (Peru)
  • Ein Mann wie Dynamit (West Germany)
  • Ennen keskiyötä (Finland)
  • Geceyarisina 10 kala (Turkey)
  • I sidste sekund (Denmark)
  • Le justicier de minuit (France)
  • Ten to Midnight (USA) (alt spelling)


  • Back in town...with a vengeance! | Bronson is back on the streets. | Bronson...is in town. | Forget what's legal...do what's right! | A cop...A killer...A deadline.


10 to Midnight uses a screenplay originally named Bloody Sunday. According to producer Pancho Kohner, Kohner and Bronson had purchased the film rights to the novel The Evil That Men Do (1978) by R. Lance Hill. Cannon Films chairman Menahem Golan wanted to market Bronson's next film project and the adaptation of the novel was going to be that project. But Kohner estimated the rights to the novel and the cost of the screenplay to be worth 200,000 dollars. Menahem refused to pay and the deal fell through. However, Menahem still offered to market Bronson's next film project, just not based on that novel. He and Kohner had already arranged a visit to the Cannes Film Festival to promote the film project. He asked Kohner to come up with a new title, and 10 to Midnight was the result of his brainstorm. At the Festival they promoted the project to potential buyers, as a film featuring action, danger, and revenge. But at this point, they really had no script for the suggested film. Back in Los Angeles, they went in search of a story of the film. It was Lance Hool who suggested using the screenplay Bloody Sunday by William Roberts. They simply attached the already chosen title to that screenplay.[1]


Heavy on violence, nudity, vulgar language and sexual situations, 10 to Midnight drew scathing reviews from film critics, including a "zero stars" rating from Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times who wrote, "I admired [Bronson's] strong, simple talent once. What is he doing in a garbage disposal like this?"[2] The film did receive positive feedback from others, such as Ebert's colleague Gene Siskel of the Chicago Tribune and was a moderate financial success. The film has maintained a sizeable cult following through home video releases and cable TV showings. The film was often heavily edited for television broadcasts which displayed alternate scenes of Stacy and his victims in their underwear instead of being totally naked.[2]


  1. Talbot (2006), p. 76-77
  2. Ebert, Roger (15 March 1983). "From Ten to Midnight Movie Review". RogerEbert.com. Retrieved 2015-01-24.
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