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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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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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Ramon Miguel 'Mike' Vargas: Susie, one of the longest borders on earth is right here between your country and mine. An open border. Fourteen hundred miles without a single machine gun in place. Yeah, I suppose that all sounds very corny to you.
Susan: I could love being corny, if my husband would only cooperate.


Ramon Miguel 'Mike' Vargas: A policeman's job is only easy in a police state.


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


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Facts about

Orson Welles was fired as director during post-production, and the film was recut contrary to his wishes. Before his death, he left instructions on how he wanted the film to be edited, and in 1998 a version was made the way he intended.
There has been much debate over the aspect ratio of the 1998 re-release. Apparently Orson Welles wanted to shoot the movie in flat widescreen (1.85:1), but Universal ordered him to film it in Academy ratio (1.37:1). When the film was restored, the production team offered to do the restorations in full screen, but Universal had them release it in widescreen, which the DVD is. However, TV viewings in 4:3 help viewers see the full framing that Welles clearly intended for the picture.
Orson Welles wanted the credits to appear at the end of the film so as not to distract the audience from the long (and famous) initial tracking shot. He finally got his wish with the 1998 alternate version, dubbed 'the directors's cut'.
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National Film Registry

Touch of Evil

Released 1958
Inducted 1993
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