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Touch of Evil (1958)

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Starring (View all)
Charlton Heston Charlton Heston
Mike Vargas
Janet Leigh Janet Leigh
Susan Vargas
Orson Welles Orson Welles
Police Captain Hank Quinlan
Joseph Calleia Joseph Calleia
Police Sergeant Pete Menzies
Akim Tamiroff Akim Tamiroff
'Uncle' Joe Grandi
Joanna Moore Joanna Moore
Marcia Linnekar
Ray Collins Ray Collins
District Attorney Adair
Dennis Weaver Dennis Weaver
Mirador Motel Night Manager


Written by
Orson Welles Orson Welles
(screenplay)


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A classic

6 years, 11 months ago at Nov 10 13:24
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Even though he did manage to direct arguably the greatest movie ever made, Orson Welles did have one very tumultuous career but some of his other directing efforts were still pretty damned amazing and this flick was definitely one of them. Like many other movies directed by the great master, he had once again some major issues with the studio producing this picture and they tempered with the end-... read more
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Description: Mexico's chief narcotics officer, Mike Vargas, is in a border town on a quick honeymoon with his U.S. wife. Soon he must testify against Grande, a drug lord whose brother and sons are tracking him, hoping to scare his wife and back him off the case. When a car bomb kills a rich U.S. developer, Vargas embroils himself in the investigation, putting his wife in harm's way. After Vargas catches local legendary U.S. cop, Hank Quinlan, planting evidence against a Mexican national suspected in the bombing, Quinlan joins forces with the Grande family to impugn Vargas's character. Local political lackeys, a hard-edged whore, pachucos, an ... (more)
Release date: 9 May 1958
UPC: 025192047022
Tags: Film Noir (23), Crime (21), Thriller (18), 1950s (17), 1958 (12), Noir (11), Corruption (11), Murder (10), Kidnapping (10), Police (10), Usa (9), Motel (9), Racism (7), Gang (7), Betrayal (7), Conspiracy (6), Border (6), Drama (4), Drugs (4)
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