Touch of Evil (1958)

PG-13  |   |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir


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


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  • Touch of Evil (1958)
  • Charlton Heston and Janet Leigh in Touch of Evil (1958)
  • Charlton Heston and Janet Leigh in Touch of Evil (1958)
  • Orson Welles in Touch of Evil (1958)

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Did You Know?

Trivia

The nighttime filming of the long, single tracking shot opening sequence had many retakes. It took so long that the sequence used was the last chance that night; the first light of the breaking dawn is visible in the background.


Quotes

Border Cop: Uh, you folks American citizens?


Goofs

When Susan Vargas (Janet Leigh) came into her Mirador Motel's room for the first time the shadow of a boom mic is reflected in the ceiling.


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

Storyline

Plot Summary


Synopsis (WARNING: Spoilers)


Genres

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir | Thriller

Details

Release Date:

February 1958

Language

English, Spanish


Country of Origin

USA

Box Office

Budget:

$829,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$70,725 (USA) (13 September 1998)

Gross:

$2,237,659 (USA) (3 January 1999)

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