This baroque nightmare of a south-of-the-border mystery is considered to be one of the great movies of Orson Welles, who both directed and starred in it. On honeymoon with his new bride, Susan (Janet ... read more
Directed by: Orson Welles
Release Date: May 21, 1958
DVD Release Date: October 31, 2000
Stats: 1,760 reviews
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November 11, 2011
Now I wouldn't say that Touch of Evil is the best noir film ever made, but it certainly ranks up there. Having never seen the original theatrical version before, I watched the restored version and I quite admire it (like I do all of Orson Welles' work). As per usual, everyone giv...
October 27, 2011fb1664868775
Artistic and dark, this, in my opinion, is Welles at his best.
August 2, 2011
It's a shame the script doesn't match the quality of the direction, and the performances. Between Leigh's super naive wife, a retarded hotel clerk, and Heston unaware of the brother of a guy he's going to put in jail the story is just barely there. Not a bad exercise for the genr...
November 17, 2010
Welles is well known for his directorial genius and you can see his cool techniques in this movie too, but I found the story pretty boring for the most part. It's good, but the story could be tightened a bit. I know it's a classic, but I can't help feeling that way.
June 12, 2010
From what little I've seen by Orson Welles (besides this one, I've only watched his "Citizen Kane" & "The Third Man" till date), this one's hands down the best one thus far.
April 19, 2010
Sensational crime drama about a narcotics agent at odds with a corrupt American cop. They're investigating the murder of a couple after driving their car across the Mexican-American border. A B-movie at heart, this film noir is a potboiler dressed up with flashy camerawork and...
March 18, 2010
Actual a pretty good movie. Charlton Heston plays a Mexican boarder detective and Orson Well splays a Texas Redneck Cop. When a bomb explodes and kills a man near the Mexico-USA border, two of both country?s best detectives find themselves at odds over how to investigate the cas...
July 22, 2009
I've heard it said that Touch of Evil, NOT Citizen Kane, is Orson Welles' greatest cinematic achievement. While I'm not sure I would agree with that statement I do agree that it's clearly a masterpiece of film noir, especially in the camera work. If there is a detra...
June 30, 2009
After telling the guy in the video store that I wasn't a big fan of Film Noir, he gave me this movie. I'm still not a Noir fan, but hell, this movie was something else! It was exciting! I really got a kick out of it.
Orson was amazing, and Marlene Dietrich: what an appearance!
February 12, 2009
orson wells has given us some of the most iconic characters in film history, from charles foster kane to harry lime, and in touch of evil he gives us hank quinlin. despite some significant weight gain and some extra padding that made wells nearly unrecognizable, his performance ...
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