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A stark, perverse story of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in a Mexican border town.


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Mike Vargas
Susan Vargas
Police Captain Hank Quinlan
Police Sergeant Pete Menzies
'Uncle' Joe Grandi
Marcia Linnekar
District Attorney Adair
Mirador Motel Night Manager
Pancho (as Valentin De Vargas)
Al Schwartz
Manelo Sanchez
Lalo Rios ...
Michael Sargent ...
Pretty Boy
Chief Gould
Strip-Club Owner
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joe Basulto ...
Young Delinquent (uncredited)
Ray Beltram ...
Townsman (uncredited)
Townsman (uncredited)
Yolanda Bojorquez ...
Bobbie (uncredited)
Coroner (uncredited)
Domenick Delgarde ...
Lackey (uncredited)
Jennie Dias ...
Jackie (uncredited)
Policeman (uncredited)
Eleanor Dorado ...
Lia (uncredited)
Stripper Sitting at Bar (uncredited)
Jeffrey Green ...
Rudy Linnekar (uncredited)
Construction Site Foreman (uncredited)
Police Officer (uncredited)
John Marlin ...
Townsman (uncredited)
Gang Leader (uncredited)
Arlene McQuade ...
Ginnie (uncredited)
Gang Member (uncredited)
Ralph Moratz ...
Man in Uniform Running Down Street (uncredited)
Ray Pourchot ...
Police Officer (uncredited)
Ramón Rodríguez ...
Gang Member (uncredited)
Eddie Farnham (uncredited)
Marcia Linnekar's Attorney (uncredited)
Wayne Taylor ...
Gang Member (uncredited)
Rusty Wescoatt ...
Detective Casey (uncredited)
Customs Officer (uncredited)
Bartender (uncredited)

Directed by

Orson Welles

Written by

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

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)

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)

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
Harry E. Snodgrass ... sound designer: Reconstruction
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) / 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)


David Sharpe ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Sherman Clark ... still photographer (uncredited)
Ledge Haddow ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Vic Jones ... gaffer (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)

Music Department

Joseph Gershenson ... music supervisor
Richard Nash ... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Ethmer Roten ... musician: flute (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

Betty A. Griffin ... script supervisor (uncredited)

Additional Crew

Armondo Linus Acosta ... consultant (uncredited)
Fred Banker ... unit publicist (uncredited)
Charles Baqueta ... coordinator (uncredited)
Wayne Fitzgerald ... title designer (uncredited)
Robert Tafur ... dialogue coach (uncredited) / technical advisor (uncredited)


James Naremore ... special thanks (1998 restoration) (as James Narmore)
Crew verified as complete

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines The Overwhelming Drama of a Strange Vengeance See more »
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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • Badge of Evil (United States)
  • La soif du mal (France)
  • Im Zeichen des Bösen (Germany)
  • Sed de mal (Spain, Catalan title)
  • Sed de mal (Spain)
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  • 95 min
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Box Office

Budget $829,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $70,725, 13 Sep 1998

Did You Know?

Trivia Janet Leigh's agent initially rejected her participation in this film due to the low salary offered without even consulting the actress. Orson Welles, anticipating this, sent a personal letter to the actress, telling her how much he looked forward to their working together. Leigh, furious, confronted her agent telling him that getting directed by Welles was more important than any paycheck. See more »
Goofs The car that blows up four minutes into the film has the Texas plate AG 3724; 32 minutes into the film, police car number 10 also has the Texas plate AG 3724. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Film Noir (1995). See more »
Soundtracks Main Title (Touch of Evil) See more »
Crazy Credits In the 111-minute restored version, there are no credits at all until the end of the film. See more »
Quotes Quinlan: Come on, read my future for me.
Tanya: You haven't got any.
Quinlan: Hmm? What do you mean?
Tanya: Your future's all used up.
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