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Touch of Evil (1958)

PG-13  |   |  Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller  |  1 May 1958 (UK)
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A stark, perverse story of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in a Mexican border town.

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Marcia Linnekar
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Valentin de Vargas ...
Pancho (as Valentin De Vargas)
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Manelo Sanchez
Lalo Rios ...
Risto
Michael Sargent ...
Pretty Boy
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Blaine
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Zita
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Storyline

Mexican Narcotics officer Ramon Miguel 'Mike' Vargas has to interrupt his honeymoon on the Mexican-US border when an American building contractor is killed after someone places a bomb in his car. He's killed on the US side of the border but it's clear that the bomb was planted on the Mexican side. As a result, Vargas delays his return to Mexico City where he has been mounting a case against the Grandi family crime and narcotics syndicate. Police Captain Hank Quinlan is in charge on the US side and he soon has a suspect, a Mexican named Manolo Sanchez. Vargas is soon onto Quinlan and his Sergeant, Pete Menzies, when he catches them planting evidence to convict Sanchez. With his new American wife, Susie, safely tucked away in a hotel on the US side of the border - or so he thinks - he starts to review Quinlan's earlier cases. While concentrating on the corrupt policeman however, the Grandis have their own plans for Vargas and they start with his wife Susie. Written by garykmcd

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Rated PG-13 for some violence and drug content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 May 1958 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Badge of Evil  »

Box Office

Budget:

$829,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$70,725 (USA) (11 September 1998)

Gross:

$2,237,659 (USA) (1 January 1999)
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Runtime:

| (1998 alternate) | (1975 alternate) | (director's cut) | (DVD edition) | (restored)

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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Marie McDonald was considered to perform a guest star stint. See more »

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As the couple is getting into the car at the beginning of the movie, there is exhaust coming from the tailpipe well before we hear the ignition noise. See more »

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Crazy Credits

Opening statement (restored version): In 1957, Orson Welles completed principal photography on TOUCH OF EVIL and edited the first cut. Upon screening the film, the Studio felt it could be improved, shot additional scenes and re-edited it. Welles viewed this new version and within hours wrote a passionate 58-page memo requesting editorial changes. This version represents an attempt to honor those requests and make TOUCH OF EVIL the film Orson Welles envisioned it to be. "... I close this memo with a very earnest plea that you consent to this brief visual pattern to which I gave so many long hard days of work." -- Orson Welles See more »

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Touch of Awful
7 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I love noir. I love Wells. I love black and white. But this film is a terrible mess. 1. The plot is senseless and full of holes 2. There is no logic to any actions by the characters 3. The story is as flimsy as Wells is enormous

Wells forgot the first rule in any film, you've got to have a good story or the rest doesn't matter. All the odd angles, the interesting lighting and even the greatness of Wells himself cant save this pile of waste. Its like going to the best restaurant in town, expensive and elegant, and getting served a happy meal thats cold and stale. A complete waste of time. Unless of course you overlook the story, the acting, and all of the swiss cheese holes. Just miserable.


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