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.



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

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Did You Know?


Janet Leigh claimed to be absolutely terrified when she shot the scene where she is menaced in her motel room.


Customs Officer: Uh, you folks American citizens?


At the beginning of the famous tracking shot, the person planting the bomb manages to open the trunk of the car without having (or using) a key,

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


Plot Summary

Synopsis (WARNING: Spoilers)


Crime | Drama | Film-Noir | Thriller


Release Date:

February 1958


English, Spanish

Country of Origin


Box Office


$829,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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