The Strangest Vengeance Ever Planned! Orson Welles' Touch of Evil is nothing short of a masterpiece. Beginning with a three-minute-plus tracking crane shot the film explodes onto the screen literally - the opening shot ends with a car blowing up and that detonation sets into motion a classic noir tale of betrayal and murder. Special mention must go to Henry Mancini's score one the most impressive in cinema history! Welles plays the racist Captain Hank Quinlan a gr
This is a superbly dark,moody and haunting masterpiece which is now released in an uncut form and with restored footage,and is based on the bestseller"Bridge of Evil" by Whit Masterson.
The brilliant Orson Welles not only wrote the clever and intricate screenplay,but also directed tne movie with a keen verve and professionalism and completed his threeway hat trick with a menacing and masterful performance as Hank Quinlan, the devious and crooked police chief.
More than ably supported by Charlton Heston as a charismatic Mexican narcotics investigator who probes into Quinlan's infamous past.
Janet Leigh gives a memorable perfomance as Charlton's curious wife and confirms her place as an actress of distinction,which she so unforgettably confirmed in Hitchcock's "Psycho"
Two icons of Hollywood glamour,Marlene Dietrich and Zsa Zsa Gabor, are also featured in telling cameo roles,and unbilled appearances from Joseph Cotten,Ray Collins and Mercedes McCambridge.
As an undesirable underworld leader Akim Tamiroff also makes a wowhty contribution to the high standard of acting talent on display here
Add to this some haunting black and white widescreen cinematography by Russell Metty and a first rate jazz score from Henry Mancini and the resulting movie becomes a classic cult masterpiece which any serious collector should have in his or her collection!
I definitely rate "Touch of Evil" as a must have thriller and one which the viewer can enjoy again and again!
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play Orson Welles&39;s TOUCH OF EVIL is nothing short of a masterpiece Beginning with a three-minute-plus tracking crane shot the film explodes onto the screen literally the marvelously expressive opening shot ends with a car blowing up and that detonation sets into motion a classic noir tale of betrayal and murder In a complex exploration of character and morality Welles plays the racist Captain Hank Quinlan a grotesque troubled and powerful figure who runs his small US border town according to his own version of the law Quinlan&39;s brutishness and vulgarity contrast starkly with the idealism and playboy good looks of Charlton Heston as Mike Vargas a Mexican detective trying to put away the leader of a dangerous family of drug dealers the Grandis In the US with his new bride Susie (Janet Leigh) Vargas becomes consumed with exposing Quinlan and his highly questionable methods too busy to see that his own beautiful blonde bride is in serious danger from both Quinlan and the Grandis In 1998 Welles&39;s film was restored closer to its creator&39;s original vision and it is a joy to behold Every shot is impeccably crafted every word of dialogue concise and pointed The camerawork (by Russell Metty and John Russell) is stunning particularly in the opening scene and the long single take in which Vargas believes he has caught Quinlan planting evidence The supporting cast led by Marlene Dietrich Dennis Weaver Akim Tamiroff and Joseph Calleia gives exhilarating performances TOUCH OF EVIL Welles&39;s last studio film is a near-perfect examination of the dark underbelly of society and the tragic downfall of a once proud man
Orson Welles writes, directs and stars in this classic film noir. Set in a hellish Mexican border town, Charlton Heston stars as Mike Vargas, a self-righteous narcotics officer who goes up against the monumental Captain Hank Quinlan (Welles), an old-time detective who fabricates evidence in order to close a case based on his gut instinct. After an American businessman is killed by a car bomb, Vargas abandons his honeymoon to investigate. When he discovers the corrupt Quinlan planting evidence, Vargas decides to delve further into the captain's previous cases but he soon finds out first-hand the extreme lengths Quinlan will go to to preserve his reputation.