Directed by Orson Welles
Rated PG-13 | 95 min | 1958 | USA
Movie begins at dusk
Orson Welles’ initially-ignored, but-now-beloved noir-thriller follows Mike and Susan Vargas (Charlton Heston and Janet Leigh), honeymooners who run afoul of a drug cartel. Mike, a Mexican narcotics detective, also butts heads with a corrupt American lawman, Hank Quinlan (Welles).
Alternatingly tense, grimy and disturbing, the film’s reputation has grown over the years, due in no small part to Welles’ superb performance. Ironically, Welles was fired as director during the post-production process, and the original cut of the film was taken out of his hands. Luckily, Touch of Evil was restored and re-edited, after Welles’ death, from a print copy that was owned by Heston.