- Actors: Charlton Heston, Orson Welles, Janet Leigh, Joseph Calleia, Akim Tamiroff
- Directors: Orson Welles
- Writers: Orson Welles, Franklin Coen, Paul Monash, Whit Masterson
- Producers: Albert Zugsmith
- Format: PAL
- Language: English, Spanish
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 12
- Studio: Universal
- DVD Release Date: 10 Nov. 2003
- Run Time: 111 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B0000UM0O4
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,225 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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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.
Considered by many to be the greatest B movie ever made, the original-release version of Orson Welles's film noir masterpiece Touch of Evil was, ironically, never intended as a B movie at all--it merely suffered that fate after it was taken away from writer-director Welles, then reedited and released in 1958 as the second half of a double feature. Time and critical acclaim would eventually elevate the film to classic status (and Welles's original vision was meticulously followed for the film's 1998 restoration), but for four decades this original version stood as a testament to Welles's directorial genius. From its astonishing, miraculously choreographed opening shot (lasting over three minutes) to Marlene Dietrich's classic final line of dialogue, this sordid tale of murder and police corruption is like a valentine for the cinematic medium, with Welles as its love-struck suitor. As the corpulent cop who may be involved in a border-town murder, Welles faces opposition from a narcotics officer (Charlton Heston) whose wife (Janet Leigh) is abducted and held as the pawn in a struggle between Heston's quest for truth and Welles's control of carefully hidden secrets. The twisting plot is wildly entertaining (even though it's harder to follow in this original version), but even greater pleasure is found in the pulpy dialogue and the sheer exuberance of the dazzling directorial style. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.See all Product description
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Directed by Orson Welles, ‘Touch of Evil’ is a film noir masterpiece whose Hollywood backstory is as unforgettable as the movie itself. Starring Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh and Orson Welles, this dark portrait of corruption and morally compromised obsessions tells the story of a crooked police chief who frames a Mexican youth as part of an intricate criminal plot. Featuring three versions of the film – the Preview Version, the Theatrical Version and the Reconstructed Version based on Orson Welles’ original vision, Touch of Evil is a “a stylistic masterpiece!” (Leonard Maltin’s Classic Movie Guide) that stands the test of time.
FILM FACT: The film opens with a three-minute, twenty-second tracking shot widely considered by critics as one of the greatest long takes in cinema history. In 1993, ‘Touch of Evil’ was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Too much of a hatchet job on the editing for me, plus Charlton Heston! oh no.Published 3 months ago by Karen Langley
From the moment of the ticking bomb placed in the boot of the car to the tense moment right at the moment when the bomb explodes on the American side of the U.S. Read morePublished 7 months ago by ME CASTRO
Sorry, I cannot review this item, safe to say I sent it as a present for someone and they seemed to be pleased with it.Published 9 months ago by bookworm7
This film is Orson Welles through and through. It's dark, it's dingy and it's hopeless. Everything you want from a film noir, and it has a gripping plot to boot.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer