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Touch of Evil

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 Written by
Whit Masterson Novel
Orson Welles Screenplay

 Directed by
Orson Welles

When a car bomb explodes on the American side of the U.S./Mexico border, Mexican drug enforcement agent Miguel Vargas begins his investigation, along with American police captain Hank Quinlan. When Vargas begins to suspect that Quinlan and his shady partner, Menzies, are planting evidence to frame an innocent man, his investigations into their possible corruption quickly put himself and his new bride, Susie, in jeopardy.


 Release Date
April 23, 1958

95 minutes


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

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Grandiose opening... but boring film
By Jack Anderson on November 18, 2018

The opening scene is beyond words. It is both beautifully simple and complex at the same time. The first shots lasts for about 3 to 4 minutes and is brilliant. And then, the next shot, after the car explodes, is magnificent. There is such a visual intensity it looks like an epic scene.

The first appearance of Orson Welles is also great. He’s playing a very peculiar character, which is very fun to watch.

But then the film is not that appealing to me. I find it boring and too secluded to be able to breath. Maybe that was the point.

A grandiose opening, but a boring film overall. I give it 5 out of 10.


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