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Touch of Evil -- Stark, perverse story of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in Mexican border town.

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Director:
Writers:
Orson Welles (screenplay)
Whit Masterson (based on the novel "Badge Of Evil" by)
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Release Date:
1 May 1958 (UK) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The Overwhelming Drama of a Strange Vengeance See more »
Plot:
A stark, perverse story of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in a Mexican border town. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
5 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
A Masterpiece of Malevolence and Loss of Humanity See more (252 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Charlton Heston ... Mike Vargas

Janet Leigh ... Susan 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 (as Valentin De Vargas)
Mort Mills ... Al Schwartz
Victor Millan ... Manelo Sanchez
Lalo Rios ... Risto
Michael Sargent ... Pretty Boy
Phil Harvey ... Blaine

Joi Lansing ... Zita
Harry Shannon ... Chief Gould

Marlene Dietrich ... Tana

Zsa Zsa Gabor ... Strip-Club Owner
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joe Basulto ... Young Delinquent (uncredited)
Yolanda Bojorquez ... Bobbie (uncredited)

Joseph Cotten ... Coroner (uncredited)
Domenick Delgarde ... Lackey (uncredited)
Jennie Dias ... Jackie (uncredited)
John Dierkes ... Policeman (uncredited)
Eleanor Dorado ... Lia (uncredited)
Jeffrey Green ... Rudy Linnekar (uncredited)
Billy House ... Construction Site Foreman (uncredited)

Mercedes McCambridge ... Gang Leader (uncredited)
Arlene McQuade ... Ginnie (uncredited)
Ken Miller ... Gang Member (uncredited)
Ramón Rodríguez ... Gang Member (uncredited)
Gus Schilling ... Eddie Farnham (uncredited)
William Tannen ... Marcia Linnekar's Attorney (uncredited)
Wayne Taylor ... Gang Member (uncredited)
Rusty Wescoatt ... Detective Casey (uncredited)

Dan White ... Customs Officer (uncredited)

Keenan Wynn ... Bit Part (uncredited)
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Directed by
Orson Welles 
 
Writing credits
Orson Welles (screenplay)

Whit Masterson (based on the novel "Badge Of Evil" by)

Franklin Coen  contributing writer: reshoots (uncredited)
Paul Monash  additional scenes (uncredited)

Produced by
Albert Zugsmith .... producer
 
Original Music by
Henry Mancini (music)
 
Cinematography by
Russell Metty (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Walter Murch (1998 re-edit)
Aaron Stell (film editor)
Virgil W. Vogel (film editor) (as Virgil Vogel)
Edward Curtiss (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Robert Clatworthy 
Alexander Golitzen 
 
Set Decoration by
John P. Austin (set decorations)
Russell A. Gausman 
 
Costume Design by
Bill Thomas (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Bud Westmore .... makeup
Merle Reeves .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Vincent Romaine .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Maurice Seiderman .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Monty Westmore .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Foster Thompson .... unit production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Phil Bowles .... assistant director
Harry Keller .... director: reshoots (uncredited)
Terence Nelson .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Leslie I. Carey .... sound
Frank H. Wilkinson .... sound (as Frank Wilkinson)
Peter Berkos .... sound editor (uncredited)
Robert L. Bratton .... sound editor (uncredited)
Donald Cunliffe .... sound technician (uncredited)
Ed Hall .... sound technician (uncredited)
George Ohanian .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Walter White .... sound technician (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Kevin Braun .... lead digital compositor (1998 restoration)
Kevin Braun .... visual effects supervisor (1998 restoration)
Sandy DellaMarie .... digital production coordinator (1998 restoration)
Chris Flynn .... digital paint artist (1998 restoration)
Mark Freund .... visual effects supervisor (1998 restoration)
George Gervan .... digital paint artist (1998 restoration)
Richard Gervan .... digital paint artist (1998 restoration)
Maureen Healy .... digital paint artist (1998 restoration)
Lynn Tigar .... digital paint artist (1998 restoration)
 
Stunts
David Sharpe .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Sherman Clark .... still photographer (uncredited)
Ledge Haddow .... assistant camera (uncredited)
James V. King .... camera operator: Venice canal locations (uncredited)
Philip H. Lathrop .... camera operator (uncredited)
John L. Russell .... camera operator (uncredited)
Clifford Stine .... camera operator: additional photography (uncredited)
Roy Vaughn .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Claire Cramer .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Adam Gottbetter .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Nevada Penn .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Eric Aijala .... negative restoration (1998 restoration)
Sean Cullen .... assistant editor (1998 restoration)
Bob O'Neil .... picture restoration (1998 restoration)
Ernest J. Nims .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Joseph Gershenson .... music supervision by
Richard Nash .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Armondo Linus Acosta .... consultant (uncredited)
Fred Banker .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Charles Baqueta .... coordinator (uncredited)
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer (uncredited)
Betty A. Griffin .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Robert Tafur .... dialogue coach (uncredited)
Robert Tafur .... technical advisor (uncredited)
 
Thanks
James Naremore .... special thanks (1998 restoration) (as James Narmore)
 
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Additional Details

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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for some violence and drug content (re-rating) (1998 restoration)
Runtime:
95 min | Germany:111 min (1998 alternate version) | USA:108 min (1975 alternate version) | USA:112 min (director's cut) | Spain:106 min (DVD edition) | 111 min (restored version)
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Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Chile:14 | Finland:K-11 (DVD rating) | Finland:K-16 (original rating) | Finland:K-12 (restored version) | Germany:18 (restored version) | Germany:16 (restored version) (re-rating) (2005) | Netherlands:6 | Norway:15 (re-rating) (1999) | Norway:16 (1985) | South Korea:15 (2003) | Spain:13 (DVD rating) | Sweden:15 (original rating) | Sweden:11 (restored version) | UK:12 | USA:PG-13 | USA:PG-13 (No. 36039) (re-rating) (1998 restoration) | USA:Approved (PCA #18506) (original rating) | USA:Unrated (restored version) | West Germany:16 (nf)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The role of the motel night manager was written specifically for Dennis Weaver, because Welles admired his work on "Gunsmoke" (1955) and wanted to work with him.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: At the end of the famous opening tracking shot, you can see the sky beginning to change to daylight but the rest of the shots in the sequence happen in the dead of night.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Border Cop:Uh, you folks American citizens?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Tequila Body Shots (1999)See more »
Soundtrack:
The ChaseSee more »

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19 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
A Masterpiece of Malevolence and Loss of Humanity, 6 December 2009
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

After crossing the border of Mexico to the United States of America, the bomb planted in the car of the wealthy businessman Rudy Linneker blows up in Los Robles. The Mexican Chief of Narcotics Miguel Vargas (Charlton Heston) is spending honeymoon with his American wife Susan Vargas (Janet Leigh) in the border town and will testify in the case of the drug dealer Grandi that is arrested in Mexico City. The idolized ex-alcoholic American Police Captain Hank Quinlan (Orson Welles) is in charge of the investigation since the murder happened in the American side of the border, but Mike Vargas participates as observer since the Mexican citizen Sanchez (Victor Millan) is the prime suspect. Meanwhile, Uncle Joe Grandi (Akim Tamitoff) unsuccessfully presses Susie, trying to convince her husband to drop the case. When Hank plants two dynamites in the house of Sanchez in a shoe box that Vargas had seen empty ten minutes before, he confronts Hanks. Joe Grandi witnesses their argument and associates to Hank to discredit Vargas, dishonoring Susie.

"Touch of Evil" is a masterpiece of malevolence and loss of humanity and one of my favorite movies ever. The long sequence in the beginning is in my opinion the best in cinema history, with a perfect timing. The black and white cinematography is amazing, with the perfect use of shadows and lighting. The story is fantastic and Orson Welles is awesome in the role of a despicable policeman that believes in his hunches, eternally grieves the loss of his wife and wishes to bring justice no matter the means and without any ethic. Janet Leigh performs a strong female character unusual in the 50's. Charlton Heston has also an unforgettable performance in the role of an ethical police office that is the opposite of Hank and prioritizes his work to his family, leaving his wife alone to seek the truth about his opponent. My vote is ten.

Title (Brazil): "A Marca da Maldade" ("The Mark of the Malevolence")

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