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Touch of Evil
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Directed By
Orson Welles

Written By:
Orson Welles

Cast:
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 Ryan Midnight
January 31st, 2007

This was the picture that would be remembered as the last page in Hollywood's true film-noir book, as Orson Welles directs and co-stars in a grueling story of murder and revenge on the U.S./Mexico border. Charlton Heston plays Ramon Vargas, a Mexican narcotics officer on a honeymoon in a U.S. town with Susan (Leigh). The trip is cut short, when the notorious, drug dealing Grande family harasses Vargas and a car bomb sends him into a deep investigation back in his Mexican town. When he discovers U.S. cop Quinlan (Orson Welles) planting evidence against a Mexican national, a bitter rivalry between the two ensues, and leads to the thrilling climax. Welles' mastery of film is on perfect display here as he takes the elements of noir, which had almost become farcical, and makes them completely new and fresh again. The film was originally cut against Welles' approval upon initial release, but was re-edited in 1998 using a letter he had written describing how he envisioned the film.

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