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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  • Charlton Heston and Orson Welles in Touch of Evil (1958)
  • Marlene Dietrich in Touch of Evil (1958)
  • Charlton Heston and Janet Leigh in Touch of Evil (1958)
  • Charlton Heston in Touch of Evil (1958)
  • Orson Welles and Russell Metty in Touch of Evil (1958)

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Trivia

Was screened at the 1958 Brussels World's Fair, where judges (and then critics) Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut awarded it the top-prize. It was said the film was a great influence on starting Godard's and Truffaut's illustrious careers, both of whom within a year went on to... ...


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) (11 September 1998)

Gross:

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

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