• randommale7

    ★★★★ Watched by randommale7 18 Jul, 2014

    Being the film it is I came with a lot of expectation seeing it for the first time; I mean come on, it's an Orson Welles film. Thought it didn't entirely live up to my expectations it is still a really good film, I don't see it as the masterpiece other people see but it is a fantastic piece of film-making. Great performances from it's cast, Heston is great and Welles himself is quite frightening (and fat...hehe). The cinematography and…


  • Simon Massey

    ★★★★ Watched by Simon Massey 22 Jul, 2014

    Watching the reconstructed version of the film, the opening sequence is rightly lauded as masterful and sets up the film perfectly. With so much of the film set at night too, Welles use of black and white cinematography is stunning and it is easy to see why this film has been much imitated since. Whilst the story ostensibly follows an investigation into a car bombing, the real hook is the battle between Heston's straight-laced character and Welles' corrupt detective. Watching…


  • Klep

    ★★★★½ Watched by Klep 18 Jul, 2014 2

    I went into Touch of Evil basically blind. All I really knew of it was that it was a noir from Orson Welles, and that was all I needed to know. So when the movie fades in and that opening shot started (I was watching the '98 restoration, of course), I was completely blown away. It was truly thrilling to watch, not only because of the inherent tension of the ticking bomb, but also because of the brilliance necessary to…


  • Matt F.

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Matt F. 20 Jul, 2014

    This is my third favorite Orson Welles film [after Citizen Kane and The Stranger] and the version I watched was the new re-edited version on Blu-Ray that tried to follow Welles' original intention for the film. If nothing else the film serves as an interesting precursor to the border violence in Mexican cities like Juarez.

    Two things you can't miss: Welle's prosthetic nose and Charlton Heston in a metric ton of make-up. One thing to keep an eye out for: Zsa Zsa Gabor making an appearance for about 30 seconds about 10 minutes in.


  • Kevin Huang

    ★★★ Added by Kevin Huang

    I am spoiled by the vast array of filmmaking techniques made available today as opposed to those of previous generations. It is not that I cannot appreciate aged films, nor do I pretend to do so, it is just that I watch films through a modern lens, regardless of when it was released. That does not mean to say I do not acknowledge the techniques pioneered in older films, but that I do not think films should be branded as…


  • Mike D'Angelo

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Mike D'Angelo 12 Jul, 2014 1


    Third viewing, second of the '98 re-edit. I wrote a Scenic Routes column on the opening shot a while back, but I'm clearly a montage guy at heart because what knocked me on my ass this time is the magnificently constructed closing sequence, in which Welles finds a dozen different stunning ways to begin a shot on Quinlan and Menzies, then pick up Vargas tailing them, or occasionally vice versa, while keeping all three figures dwarfed by the surrounding…


  • M11

    ★★★★★ Watched by M11 17 Jul, 2014

    Orson Welles pushed some boundaries in this one. Firstly, he pushed the boundaries of film noir and how a classic tale of murder, corruption and police investigation can be turned into a character study and tragic analysis on the evil that resides in all of us. Sure, this is not the first nor the last noir to do that, but it surely does it in a way both memorable and entertaining. I consider this to be one of the finest…


  • Austin Bryant

    ★★★ Watched by Austin Bryant 15 Jul, 2014

    Beautiful opening shot... Pretty much all downhill from there. Hardly recognized Orson. I wouldn't say that it's bad, but can someone please explain what this films great appeal is???


  • sprizzle

    ★★★★★ Watched by sprizzle 07 Jul, 2014

    Probably Welles' most beautiful film.

    Touch of Evil is one of the most thoughtfully put together noir films I've ever seen. Orson Welles is at the top of his acting, directing, and editing game in this one. He makes a noir film that makes others look like child's play. He nails the role of Hank, the police captain with a thirst for bourbon and justice at all costs. Charlton Heston on the other hand, plays a pretty convincing Mexican officer…


  • Colton Brown

    ★★★★★ Watched by Colton Brown 03 Jul, 2014

    Another classic film directed by the great Orson Welles.


  • Jonathan Wright

    ★★★★½ Watched by Jonathan Wright 01 Jul, 2014

    Engaging, exciting, immersive experience. Even a modern viewer does not know where this film is heading. Cutting edge techniques used in the Rancho hotel sequence. Of course there is the famous opening shot, but the whole film is littered with great use of the camera. Speaking of litter, the set design of the Mexican alleys and power-lines are wonderful. The characters are also well-developed.


  • Lobezno Estepario

    ★★★ Watched by Lobezno Estepario 05 Oct, 2012

    He aquí una película que trata el escabroso tema de la maldad inherente a las personas obesas. Se comenta que el título original era "Hambre de mal".

    Empieza la película: un plano secuencia virtuoso y digno de "admiráh" con una musiquilla simpática y una premisa que dispara la atención del espectador. Me asombro con los juegos de luces y sombras, movimientos de cámara y perfectos planos, además de la original atmósfera que se desprende de esa zona fronteriza mexicana. Y…