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Touch of Evil was made in 1958; the last film to be directed by Orson Welles. Unexpectedly given the reins of the film, Welles threw away the script for the planned film, and in just two weeks scratched out a script based on a cheapo pulp fiction novel called "Badge of Evil".
The result, as presented now in a restored version (the movie was, like Magnificent Ambersons, butchered by the studio) is quite remarkable.
On the one hand, it is definitely pulp, with an extremely rough-and-ready style, gritty elements (this is the only "pot party" you're likely to see in a "great film" from the studio era!) and a very, very low budget.
On the other hand, it is a masterpiece. I was extremely impressed by the scene in which (*spoiler!*) Hank Quinlan strangles the Hispanic fellow. I have never seen a movie scene shot like this, especially with the surreal effect of the flashing neon, and the slanting camera.
And who can forget the end of the film, where (spoiler!) Hank Quinlan sits in a pile of garbage in a stream, and tries to cleam blood off his hands? Look at Orson's acting in this scene - truly magnificent.
Someone called this the best B film ever made. If you want to see a pulp masterpiece made on the cheap, see Touch of Evil!
Directed by Orson Welles, 'Touch of Evil' is a film noir masterpiece whose Hollywood backstory is as unforgettable as the movie itself. Starring Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh and Orson Welles, this dark portrait of corruption and morally compromised obsessions tells the story of a crooked police chief who frames a Mexican youth as part of an intricate criminal plot. Featuring three versions of the film ' the Preview Version, the Theatrical Version and the Reconstructed Version based on Orson Welles' original vision, Touch of Evil is a 'a stylistic masterpiece!' (Leonard Maltin's Classic Movie Guide) that stands the test of time.
FILM FACT: The film opens with a three-minute, twenty-second tracking shot widely considered by critics as one of the greatest long takes in cinema history. In 1993, 'Touch of Evil' was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".Read more ›
Story-telling is what carries a movie, not a technical innovation gimmick. Touch of Evil is a brilliant story in the hands of one of the most brilliant directors. The raw noir style and the gritty cinematography makes this a must-watch movie of its generation. At a time when Hollywood was churning out cheesy romantic movies and musicals, Touch of Evil is a dramatic masterpiece that Welles throws at our face to show just how brilliant he was. It is a tour-de-force.
It also was one of the few movies directed by the great Orson Welles, and his frankly it's some of the best work he ever did -- his direction gives the movie a very modern, shadowy, "realistic" feeling. And it doesn't hurt to have an all-star cast including Charlton Heston, Welles and Janet Leigh, all of whom give absolutely brilliant performances.
Mexican Narcotics officer Ramon Vargas (Heston) and his American bride Susie (Leigh) are on their honeymoon when a car is bombed. It exploded on the American side of the border, but pretty obviously was set up on the Mexican side. So Vargas begins investigating along with the American police, uncovering a young Mexican man who may have been set up.
During the investigation, Vargas sends Susie to a remote motel to keep her out of the reach of the criminal Grandi family, whom he has been investigating. Unfortunately, the Grandis soon take over the motel. And before long, Vargas begins to suspect that a local cop, Captain Hank Quinlan (Orson Welles), is secretly framing suspects in order to serve "justice" -- and he's willing to use Susie to get to Vargas.
Orson Welles was a brilliant actor and a legendary director, but that didn't keep the studio from meddling in his work. In this case, Universal decided to mess around with Welles' original cut by reshooting, replacing and adding new footage without his permission, which led to Welles writing a critical "memo" long enough to make your eyes bleed.Read more ›
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Still looking forward to seeing this movie but I heard it's a great example of 50's noir.
Not entirely familiar with the genre but again, really looking forward to it. Read more
This is one of my favourite films EVER. I'm a huge Orson Welles fan ... and speaking of huge, he is rather corpulent and ghastly in this film, and he takes this and runs with it. Read morePublished on Feb. 1 2014 by Jane Skinner
Unfortunately,one of the best creative people in hollywood,and unique creative presences there,has only a handful of good american films and the films he has were often interfered... Read morePublished on Aug. 19 2012 by Anthony Marinelli
How this movie is not consistently ranked in the top 25 films of all time is baffling to me. It's a respected movie, but it deserves more. Read morePublished on Dec 15 2010 by Jimbo Jones
Mexican narcotics officer Mike Vargas (Charlton Heston) and his bride (Janet Leigh) have just ended their honeymoon in a border town when they become involved in a murder... Read morePublished on Oct. 11 2008 by Kona
This cynical answer given by Tanya (Marlene Dietrich) is obviouslly a clear a reference's pattern shakesperian. Read morePublished on July 4 2004 by Hiram Gòmez Pardo Venezuela