TOUCH OF EVIL
ORSON WELLES | USA | 1958 | 111 MIN | PG-13
Embarking on his honeymoon with wife Susie (Janet Leight), Mexican Narcotics officer Mike Vargas (Charlton Heston) is under the impression he can finally get some much needed vacation time. Plans change when a car explodes at the border and he is thrust into an investigation with the American police force, led by unethical Captain Hank Quinlan (Orson Welles). Quinlan immediately fingers a young Mexican as the culprit, but Vargas believes that Quinlan planted the evidence and his own investigation into the captain leads him down a rabbit hole of police corruption. This formally audacious and thematically bleak noir is an essential addition to Welles’s legendary filmography.
Cast: Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, Orson Welles, Marlene Dietrich
“Raises the usual brooding nightmare ambience of film noir to a level few other pictures have attempted.” –Los Angeles Times