• Touch of Evil (1958)

Touch of Evil

Release Date: 1958

Not Yet Rated |1 hr 35 min

Plot Summary

When a car bomb explodes on the American side of the U.S./Mexico border, Mexican drug enforcement agent Miguel Vargas (Charlton Heston) begins his investigation, along with American police captain Hank Quinlan (Orson Welles). When Vargas begins to suspect that Quinlan and his shady partner, Menzies (Joseph Calleia), are planting evidence to frame an innocent man, his investigations into their possible corruption quickly put himself and his new bride, Susie (Janet Leigh), in jeopardy.

Cast: Charlton Heston, Orson Welles, Janet Leigh, Joseph Calleia, Akim Tamiroff, Valentin de Vargas, Ray Collins, Dennis Weaver

Director: Orson Welles

Genres: Crime drama , Mystery

Production Co: Universal Pictures, Universal International Pictures

Keywords: 1950s, Pursuit, Murder, Mystery, Police station, Wife, Police officer

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    Still seems close to the pinnacle of film noir. [Director's Cut] show more

  • 100
    IGN

    Welles manages to wring engaging performances out of all of his actors, but what's most impressive about the film is the way in which the director makes use of every corner of the screen with deliberate precision. show more

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    The film has always been a favorite of those who enjoy visual and dramatic flamboyance. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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