8/10

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Runtime: 95 min

Genres: Crime | Film-Noir | Thriller

Languages: English | Spanish

Countries: USA


A stunning portrait of corruption and abuse of power, Touch of Evil gives Orson Welles a broad remit to flourish his directorial genius. Opening with an unseen man setting the timer on an explosive device, the clock starts ticking down as soon as he stashes it in the boot of a fancy-looking car. Immediately afterwards, a well-heeled businessman motors off with his cheap-looking girlfriend. Through the tawdry streets they roll, until the camera smoothly picks up their passing by Mexican lawman Ramon "Mike" Vargas (Charlton Heston) and his new wife Susan (Janet Leigh). As the newly-weds cross over the border, into the US, they catch up and overtake the automobile. Just a few steps more and the car explodes in a ball of flame, casting harsh shadows. Unfortunately this is an international incident since the bomb was set in Mexico and detonated in America.



Directors (1)

Writers (4)

Franklin Coen contributing writer: reshoots (uncredited)
Orson Welles (screenplay)
Paul Monash (additional scenes original theatrical release) uncredited
Whit Masterson (novel "Badge Of Evil")

Composers (1)

Editors (4)

Aaron Stell
Edward Curtiss (uncredited)
Virgil W. Vogel (as Virgil Vogel)
Walter Murch (1998 re-edit)

Cinematographers (1)

Russell Metty (director of photography)

Actors (36)

Akim Tamiroff 'Uncle' Joe Grandi
Arlene McQuade Ginnie (uncredited)
Billy House Construction Site Foreman (uncredited)
Charlton Heston Ramon Miguel 'Mike' Vargas
Dan White Customs Officer (uncredited)
Dennis Weaver Mirador Motel Night Manager
Domenick Delgarde Lackey (uncredited)
Eleanor Dorado Lia (uncredited)
Gus Schilling Eddie Farnham (uncredited)
Harry Shannon Chief Gould
Janet Leigh Susan 'Susie' Vargas
Jennie Dias Jackie (uncredited)
Joanna Moore Marcia Linnekar
Joe Basulto Young Delinquent (uncredited)
John Dierkes Policeman (uncredited)
Joi Lansing Zita
Joseph Calleia Police Sergeant Pete Menzies
Joseph Cotten Coroner (uncredited)
Keenan Wynn Marcia Linnekar's Attorney (uncredited)
Ken Miller Gang Member (uncredited)
Lalo Rios Risto - Grandi's Nephew
Marlene Dietrich Tanya
Mercedes McCambridge Gang Leader (uncredited)
Michael Sargent Pretty Boy
Mort Mills Al Schwartz - District Attorney's Assistant
Orson Welles Police Captain Hank Quinlan
Phil Harvey Blaine
Ramón Rodríguez Gang Member (uncredited)
Ray Collins District Attorney Adair
Rusty Wescoatt Detective Casey (uncredited)
Valentin de Vargas Pancho - Grandi Hood
Victor Millan Manelo Sanchez
Wayne Taylor Gang Member (uncredited)
William Tannen Lawyer (uncredited)
Yolanda Bojorquez Bobbie (uncredited)
Zsa Zsa Gabor Strip-Club Owner