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.

SYNOPSIS

A story of studio meddling became one of the most talked about movies of 1998 upon release of a restored version based on notes that Welles had sent to Universal in response to their reediting. Right from the first shot, which many consider the finest opening sequence in movie history (and which the studio decided to run credits over), Welles takes a tawdry crime melodrama and turns it into dark poetry. Heston, a Mexican cop, is heading for a honeymoon with Leigh, but they are distracted by a car bombing as they cross the border. When Heston offers to help in the investigation, he begins a twisted journey into a seedy night time world of drug smugglers, prostitutes, and, most magnificently, "a great detective, but a bad cop" played by Welles. Leigh falls into a snare set by drug kingpin Tamiroff as her husband goes mano a mano with a murderous Welles. An absorbing noir, and a triumphant story of film preservation.

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

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Touch of Evil (1958)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Nov 30, 2023 From 4 Star Films

On even a cursory level Touch of Evil has all the ready hallmarks of Orson Welles the auteur. Working in tandem with veteran Universal cinematographer Russell Metty (they had collaborated before on The Stranger), they develop the director’s preferred mise en scene from claustrophobic dutch ang... Read full article


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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Quotes from

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!


Ramon Miguel 'Mike' Vargas: This could be very bad for us.
Susan: For us?
Ramon Miguel 'Mike' Vargas: For Mexico, I mean.


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Facts about

Was screened at the 1958 Brussels World's Fair, where judges (and then critics) Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut awarded it the top-prize. It was said the film was a great influence on starting Godard's and Truffaut's illustrious careers, both of whom within a year went on to make their first films À bout de souffle and Les quatre cents coups, respectively.
Executives from Universal Pictures only found out that Marlene Dietrich was playing Tanya when they saw the rushes for that day's shooting; she had filmed her part in one day as a personal favor to Orson Welles and he had not told anyone about it. She agreed to appear at minimum union wage, but when the studio execs decided to give her on-screen credit, they had to pay her more.
The role of the motel night manager was written specifically for Dennis Weaver, because Welles admired his work on Gunsmoke and wanted to work with him.
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Touch of Evil

Released 1958
Inducted 1993
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