Touch of Evil (1958) dir. Orson Welles

Mike Vargas, A Mexican narcotics officer’s honeymoon at a town along the Texas border is cut short after a prominent American businessman is killed nearby. Vargas is forced to work together with Quinlan, a seasoned but alcoholic American detective, and his loyal colleagues in solving a case with mounting complexity.
A spider’s web of mystery and intrigue, spun by the multi-talented filmmaking master Orson Welles, who wrote (based on a novel by Whit Masterson), directed and starred in ‘Touch of Evil’.
Welles stars as Quinlan, alongside a stern Charlton Heston in one of his most memorable roles as Miguel ‘Mike’ Vargas and Janet Leigh as Vargas’ newlywed wife.
Described as one of the greatest films of the XX century, a classic and must see late Film Noir. The notable 3:20 tracking shot is considered a piece of American cinematic history. Released and re-released in differing versions (due to studio interference),  the 1998 restoration claims to be as close as possible to the director’s original wishes.

Touch of Evil Cast: Charlton Heston, Orson Welles, Janet Leigh, Joseph Calleia, Akim Tamiroff


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Police Captain Hank Quinlan (Orson Welles)

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A scene from the iconic opening shot (Janet Leigh and Charlton Heston)

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Orson Welles