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Touch of Evil

USA, English, 95 mins

  • Director: Orson Welles
  • Writer: Orson Welles; Whit Masterson
  • Producer: Rick Schmidlin; Albert Zugsmith

CGiii Comment

A supposed classic.....not in our book.

Welles looks terrible, the script is terrible and the acting is an all-shouting-line-delivery match - who can shout the loudest.

Basically, it's a B-movie and an extension to Welles' decline.

Those who praise it as a masterpiece haven't seen too many masterpieces.

This is a confused shambles with a great opening shot.

Cast & Characters

Charlton Heston as Ramon Miguel 'Mike' Vargas;
Janet Leigh as Susan 'Susie' Vargas;
Orson Welles as Police Captain Hank Quinlan;
Joseph Calleia as Police Sergeant Pete Menzies;
Akim Tamiroff as 'Uncle' Joe Grandi;
Joanna Moore as Marcia Linnekar;
Ray Collins as District Attorney Adair;
Dennis Weaver as Mirador Motel Night Manager;
Valentin de Vargas as Pancho - Grandi Hood;
Mort Mills as Al Schwartz - District Attorney's Assistant;
Victor Millan as Manelo Sanchez;
Lalo Rios as Risto - Grandi's Nephew;
Michael Sargent as Pretty Boy;
Phil Harvey as Blaine;
Joi Lansing as Zita

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