Touch of Evil


The Buzz Fri, Jul 31, 2015 9:00 AM
Film Info
Section:Orson Welles Centennial
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Release Year:1958
Runtime:95 min.
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Cast:Charlton Heston
Janet Leigh
Orson Welles
Joseph Calleia
Akim Tamiroff
Joanna Moore
Director:Orson Welles
Produced by:Albert Zugsmith
Screenwriter:Orson Welles
Cinematography:Russell Metty
Editing By:Walter Murch
Aaron Stell
Virgil W. Vogel
Edward Curtiss
Music By:Henry Mancini


From its very first iconic shot—a virtuoso long take following a ticking bomb in the trunk of a car as it winds its way toward the Mexican-American border—Orson Welles’ lesser-known but just as influential film takes us deep into the heart of corruption in a Mexican border town. Historically significant in a number of ways, from its stature as the last classic film noir to its casting of Charlton Heston as a Mexican government official, and the controversy over the studio’s recut of the movie for its original release (making it Welles’ swan song to Hollywood), this atmospheric triumph features Welles’ signature use of deep space and a complex puzzle-like narrative, as well as enthralling performances by Janet Leigh, Marlene Dietrich, and Welles himself.