Touch of Evil Overview:

Touch of Evil (1958) was a Crime - Film Noir Film directed by Orson Welles and produced by Albert Zugsmith and Rick Schmidlin.

Touch of Evil was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1993.

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Film Noir Review: Touch of Evil (1958)

By Danilo Castro on Dec 30, 2021 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

“Your future’s all used up.” Orson Welles was an architect of film noir before the style had even been identified. His debut release, Citizen Kane (1941), was revolutionary for the artform as a whole, but the film?s shadowy visuals and elaborate flashbacks had the biggest impact... Read full article


Touch of Evil (1958) – Film-Noir

By 4 Star Film Fan on Jul 1, 2013 From 4 Star Films

Starring Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, and Orson Welles, this film is one of the last examples of what is considered true film-noir. In a small, dangerous, run down,?border?town, a mysterious car bombing murder takes place. A Mexican investigator who is a?newlywed?(Heston) and a hardened American?po... Read full article


Touch of Evil (1958) – Film-Noir

By 4 Star Film Fan on Jul 1, 2013 From 4 Star Films

Starring Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, and Orson Welles, this film is one of the last examples of what is considered true film-noir. In a small, dangerous, run down,?border?town, a mysterious car bombing murder takes place. A Mexican investigator who is a?newlywed?(Heston) and a hardened American?po... Read full article


Touch of Evil

By RBuccicone on Sep 14, 2012 From MacGuffin Movies

Touch of Evil (1958) It had been probably seven years since I had seen Touch of Evil, so when the opportunity presented itself to see it on the big screen, I said, sure, why not? I probably should have been shouting from the rafters because in the interim I had completely forgotten just how much of ... Read full article


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Tanya: He was some kind of a man. What does it matter what you say about people?


Ramon Miguel 'Mike' Vargas: I'm saying more than that, Captain. You framed that boy. Framed him!


Mirador Motel night manager: It STINKS in here!


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Facts about

When Orson Welles discovered that his film was recut, he wrote a letter to the production house with specifics on how he would have wanted the film to be released. This memo, thought to be lost, was found to be in the possession of star Charlton Heston and was the basis for the re-edited 1998 re-release.
Scenes that the studio ordered to be retaken were not filmed by Orson Welles, but by Harry Keller. Charlton Heston at first refused to be filmed by anyone other than Welles and caused a delay of one day. He later reimbursed the studio $8,000 for the delay.
When Orson Welles first met with Dennis Weaver, he asked Weaver what he thought was the most important characteristic of "Chester," the role Weaver played on the hit TV show Gunsmoke, Weaver said that Chester was very deferential and always hung behind the other characters. Welles then told Weaver that for "Touch of Evil" he wanted Weaver to be just the opposite - very pushy and in-your-face.
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Touch of Evil

Released 1958
Inducted 1993
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