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Touch of Evil
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Directed By
Orson Welles

Written By:
Orson Welles

Charlton Heston, Orson Welles, Janet Leigh, Joseph Calleia, Akim Tamiroff, Marlene Dietrich, Valentin de Vargas, Dennis Weaver, Joanna Moore, Victor Millan, Ray Collins, Mort Mills, Mort Mills

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Touch of Evil (1958)
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Movie Review by ManMachine
January 25th, 2018

Orson Welles' "Sleaze" Triumph

Favorite Movie Quote: "(*Madame Tanya to Captain Quinlan quote*) - "You're a mess, honey.""

When it comes to the likes of brilliantly presented nasty/corrupt cop movies - (IMO) - 1958's "Touch Of Evil" ranks right up there as being one of the absolute nastiest "badass" movies of them all.

Now 60 years old - This outrageous film's gritty, violent, sleazy, racist, degenerate story-line actually manages to still pack a substantial-sized wallop (even in this jaded day & age of ours).

Featuring some truly exceptional b&w camerawork - I'd definitely say that "Touch Of Evil" actually excels far beyond Welles' highly-praised "Citizen Kane" by a clear, country mile.

I think that it's interesting to note that prior to considering directing this film - Orson Welles had asked B-movie producer, Albert Zugsmith to give him the worst script he had available so that he could prove that he could make a great film out of it.

And, with that - Zugsmith handed Welles the unpolished screenplay of Whit Masterson's trashy, dime-store novel, "Badge Of Evil".

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