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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: 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!


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.


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According to the autobiography of Charlton Heston, the scene where Vargas and Schwartz discuss getting proof against Quinlan while driving along in Vargas' convertible marks the first time in film history when a scene with dialogue was shot in a moving car. Rather than using a fake car in front of a projection screen, director Orson Welles had the car rigged with the necessary camera and audio equipment and instructed the two actors how to activate it.
The 1975 alternate version added more than 15 minutes of footage and removed most (if not all) of the footage reshot by Harry Keller in 1957, after Orson Welles was fired.
Orson Welles dubbed Joseph Cotten's line, "Now you can strain him through a sieve."
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National Film Registry

Touch of Evil

Released 1958
Inducted 1993
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