PG-13 | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
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.
Uh, you folks American citizens?
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.
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
$70,725 (USA) (13 September 1998)
$2,237,659 (USA) (3 January 1999)
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