• Roger Joseph Ebert

    ★★★★★ Added by Roger Joseph Ebert

    "Come on, read my future for me.You haven't got any. What do you mean? Your future is all used up." So speaks a fortune-telling madam, played by Marlene Dietrich, to the drunken sheriff of a border town, played by Orson Welles, in "Touch of Evil."

    Her words have a sad resonance, because Welles was never again to direct in Hollywood after making this dark, atmospheric story of crime and corruption.

    It was named best film at the 1958 Brussels World…

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  • bmart17

    ★★★★ Watched by bmart17 18 Apr, 2014

    I watched the reconstructed version of this, which was assembled from the footage available and based off Welles' 58 page memo to the studio.

    The first shot immediately sets you in the tone, with a long, elegant tracking shot that is very impressive. The performances in the film are mostly superb; Welles is amazing, Heston does great stuff for his character, and Janet Leigh tries to make the most from what she is given. Indeed, Janet Leigh is probably the…

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  • Chevalier

    ★★★ Added by Chevalier

    Welles direction is of course in top form, but the plot didn't made much sense, if any.

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  • Daniel Ng

    ★★★★★ Watched by Daniel Ng 18 Apr, 2014

    Hypnotized, I'm mesmerized.

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  • Scott Reynolds

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Scott Reynolds 17 Apr, 2014

    Just got the blu-ray of the reconstructed version of Touch of Evil -- Holy cow, what a grimy, hopeless, dirty and perverse vision of life that one is. I LOVE this movie. From the 4 minute introduction of a bomb about to go off, all shot in one continuous moving shot (something only one-upped in Boogie Nights) to Janet Leigh getting attacked by drug dealing lesbian beatniks, to the death of Det. Quinlen (Orson Welles at his wrinkly fattest) in…

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  • noeletta

    ★★★★½ Added by noeletta

    The story is frustratingly good nevertheless I feel like the main heroes get off too easily.... but holy mother of cinema how this movie delivers! The usage of Dutch Angle is just perfect... Heck, every shot in this movie is really beautiful..! (Especially the first sequence, it's brilliant!)
    I really love the complexity of Quinlan character. He's not just all round tough evil guy- he has some kind of vulnerability and bitterness in him.

    For me, this is a must watch noir movie- even only for the sake of learning the techniques...


    ...........okay, it's definitely for the techniques.

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  • Colonel_Dax

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Colonel_Dax 15 Apr, 2014

    One of the hardest boiled pieces of noir to ever hit the screen, from its opening shot, Touch of Evil is simply mesmerizing. That shot is a microcosm of the film as a whole- confident, thrilling, and a prime example of the creative force that was Orson Welles.

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  • Ian Loring

    ★★★★½ Watched by Ian Loring 08 Apr, 2014

    A first time watch and a thoroughly rewarding one. Welles' direction once again feels ahead of his time and some of the content is challenging even today. The plot feels a little bit of an afterthought but that's not the main point of interest here with Welles' character sinking into a long, dark period of moral decay.

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  • Paul Lister

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Paul Lister 10 Apr, 2014

    Touch of Evil is one of the great and last film noirs. Whilst I don't think it is the quintessential film noir - it has to much of a life of it's own for that - it is my personal favourite from the era and in many ways it acts as an out with the old in with the new approach to movie making with it's sweeping and lengthy tracking shots feeling way ahead of there time.

    This is the…

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  • shanderson88

    ★★★★ Watched by shanderson88 09 Apr, 2014 4

    Of all the fancy cinematic techniques that people (myself included) get all happy and horny about, the long take tracking shot is the one most likely to get a literal rise out of me, as in to my feet, applauding the television alone in the living room with tears of joy in my eyes as if the Cubs had finally won the god damn Series. Some examples of this can be found in Goodfellas, Children of Men, Gravity, and that…

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  • Michael Bishay

    ★★★★★ Watched by Michael Bishay 08 Apr, 2014

    Couldn't help but agree with Heavenly Creatures once Welles's Captain Hank first came on screen.

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  • SJHoneywell

    ★★★★★ Added by SJHoneywell

    Welles's best movie
    Despite Heston in brown face.
    Hell of a story!

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