Touch of Evil

1958, Drama/Crime, 1h 35m

79 Reviews 25,000+ Ratings

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Artistically innovative and emotionally gripping, Orson Welles' classic noir is a visual treat, as well as a dark, sinister thriller. Read critic reviews

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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 & Crew

Charlton Heston
Ramon Miguel "Mike" Vargas
Orson Welles
Police Captain Hank Quinlan
Janet Leigh
Susan "Susie" Vargas
Joseph Calleia
Police Sergeant Pete Menzies
Akim Tamiroff
Uncle Joe Grandi
Ray Collins
District Attorney Adair
Dennis Weaver
Mirador Motel Night Manager
Joanna Moore
Marcia Linnekar
Mort Mills
Al Schwartz, District Attorney's Assistant
Victor Millan
Manelo Sanchez
Lalo Rios
Risto, Grandi's nephew
Mercedes McCambridge
Gang leader (uncredited)
Joseph Cotten
Coroner (uncredited)
Zsa Zsa Gabor
Strip-club owner
Harry Shannon
Chief Gould
Orson Welles
Screenwriter
Henry Mancini
Original Music
Russell Metty
Cinematographer
Walter Murch
Film Editor
Aaron Stell
Film Editor
Virgil Vogel
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