Touch of evil
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Published:
Universal City, CA : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, ©2008.
Physical Desc:
2 videodiscs (161 min.) : sd., b&w and col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet.
Rating:
Theatrical and preview version: Not rated ; restored version rated PG-13 by the MPAA.
Status:
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Description
This baroque nightmare of a south-of-the-border mystery is considered to be one of the great movies of Orson Welles, who both directed and starred in it. On honeymoon with his new bride, Susan (Janet Leigh), Mexican-born policeman Mike Vargas (Charlton Heston) agrees to investigate a bomb explosion. In so doing, he incurs the wrath of local police chief Hank Quinlan (Welles), a corrupt, bullying behemoth with a perfect arrest record. Vargas suspects that Quinlan has planted evidence to win his past convictions, and he isn't about to let the suspect in the current case be railroaded. Quinlan, whose obsession with his own brand of justice is motivated by the long-ago murder of his wife, is equally determined to get Vargas out of his hair, and he makes a deal with local crime boss Uncle Joe Grandi (Akim Tamiroff) to frame Susan on a drug rap, leading to one of the movie's many truly harrowing sequences. Touch of Evil dissects the nature of good and evil in a hallucinatory, nightmarish ambience, helped by the shadow-laden cinematography of Russell Metty and by the cast, which, along with Tamiroff and Welles includes Charlton Heston as a Mexican; Marlene Dietrich, in a brunette wig, as a brittle madam who delivers the movie's unforgettable closing words; Mercedes McCambridge as a junkie; and Dennis Weaver as a tremulous motel clerk. Touch of Evil has been released with four different running times -- 95 minutes for the 1958 original, which was taken away from Welles and brutally cut by the studio; 108 minutes and 114 minutes in later versions; and 111 minutes in the 1998 restoration. Based on a 58-page memo written by Welles after he was barred from the editing room during the film's original post-production, this restoration, among numerous other changes, removed the opening titles and Henry Mancini's music from the opening crane shot, which in either version ranks as one of the most remarkably extended long takes in movie history. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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Format:
DVD
Edition:
50th anniversary ed.
Language:
English
UPC:
025195027809

Notes

General Note
Based on the novel "Badge of evil" by Whit Masterson.
General Note
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1958.
General Note
Includes 3 versions of the film: restored version, 1998 cut restored to Welles' vision based on a memo to the studio; theatrical version, original version seen by audiences in 1958; preview version, created prior to the theatrical version and incorporating some of Orson Welles' requests.
Creation/Production Credits
Director of photography, Russell Metty ; editors, Virgil Vogel, Aaron Stell ; music, Henry Mancini.
Participants/Performers
Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, Orson Welles, Joseph Calleia, Akim Tamiroff, Joanna Moore, Ray Collins, Dennis Weaver, Valentin De Vargas, Mort Mills, Marlene Dietrich, Zsa Zsa Gabor.
Description
"[F]ilm noir portrait of corruption and morally compromised obsessions tell the story of a crooked police chief who frames a Mexican youth as part of an intricate criminal plot." -- Container.
Target Audience
Theatrical and preview version: Not rated ; restored version rated PG-13 by the MPAA.
System Details
DVD; widescreen (1.85:1) presentation ; Region 1 ; NTSC ; Dolby Digital 2.0.
Language
English dialogue with optional Spanish or French subtitles; English SDH captions for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Awards
Named to the National Film Registry in 1993 by the Library of Congress.
Awards
Winner, Special Award, 1998 New York Film Critics Circle Awards (Rich Schmidlin) for the restored version.
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