• 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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  • Tom Prankerd

    ★★★★★ Watched by Tom Prankerd 05 Apr, 2014

    Probably the most enjoyable Welles film - it's not as artistically revolutionary as some of his other work but beats them all for fun value. What's most enjoyable is that this is just a dime store by the numbers noir script, knocked out of the park by Welles' technical skill behind the camera and a fine cast in front of it.

    Heston does alright as a Mexican by wisely not trying to be particularly Mexican, Welles is at his peak…

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  • george the beast

    ★★★★★ Watched by george the beast 06 Apr, 2014

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

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  • CalliopeClamors

    ★★★★ Watched by CalliopeClamors 01 Apr, 2014

    He was some kind of a man. What does it matter what you say about people?

    The thing I like about noir films is their knack for not following the rules. You never know quite what to expect. The situations these characters find themselves in can be fleshed out realistically, instead of safely. They just feel more gritty and authentic. (Or what I imagine to be authentic, anyway.)

    From a visual viewpoint, the opening long take is very impressive. More…

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  • MasterRick

    ★★★★½ Watched by MasterRick 13 May, 2012

    It took me a while to get with the movie's rhythm, but once I did I really began to enjoy it. I have a feeling I'll like it even more with repeat viewings.

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