• Ajay

    ★★★½ Watched by Ajay 23 Apr, 2016

    A top notch opening shot and some incredible technical expertise.

    Will get back to the film again sometime later.


  • TildeSwinton

    ★★★★½ Watched by TildeSwinton 23 Apr, 2016

    I can't really put my finger on it, but this feels really ahead of its time, a precursor to the not quite serious but definitely not frivolous tone of Coen brothers movies in the same vein. There's a pervasive awkwardness to the dialogue, where characters will step all over each others' words and everybody seems to be at a different point in the same conversation, that really stands out, Altman before Altman. Such a shame Heston is playing in brownface.


  • Luke Erdmann

    ★★★★½ Watched by Luke Erdmann 22 Apr, 2016

    "It's a free country."


  • Jordan Paolillo

    ★★★★★ Watched by Jordan Paolillo 03 Apr, 2016

    I thought for the entirety of this film that Orson Welles was Mike Vargas... he's much fatter!


  • David_Choate

    ★★★★½ Watched by David_Choate 02 Apr, 2016

    Deliciously and propulsively entertaining, and equal to Welles' "Kane" in terms of emotional resonance! I didn't even take off points for brownface Charlton Heston!


  • Kiasmus

    ★★★★ Watched by Kiasmus 17 Apr, 2016

    Una mirada a la corrupcion y a los trabajos policiales fronterizos, temas como el narcotrafico y el racismo resultan muy marcados. 

    El comienzo, un plano secuencia que pasa de una situación incidental a revelar a los protagonistas. Una explosión misteriosa nos lleva no sólo a resolver un caso, sino a revelar las verdaderas intensiones de los involucrados y lo lejos que pueden llegar para dañar a sus "enemigos". Una lucha entre la justicia y la corrupcion, en la que el mexicano es el justiciero y el gringo es el corrupto.


  • Daniel Charchuk

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Daniel Charchuk 18 Mar, 2009

    A terrific film and the perfect way to end the film-noir cycle. Welles' best.


  • Jacob Gehman

    ★★★★ Watched by Jacob Gehman 17 Apr, 2016

    Orson Welles's direction is spot on here, of course. It usually is, after all. His shadowy aesthetic, which makes the already duo-toned b&w film feel even starker, aids in the conveyance of the grit and grime of the noir genre.

    But even more it's his acting; he portrays a police captain, Hank Quinlan, a large, sullen man who uses a cane and squints with these piercing, foggy eyes. He's a monstrous presence within the film, an antagonist that carries weight…


  • Greg Dorr

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Greg Dorr 04 Apr, 2016

    It's hard to say that there are any narrative ideas at play within Touch of Evil, but it doesn't seem to matter; Welles' dark, seamy carnival-like depiction of corruption is so aesthetically grimy that it gets under your nails without even asking you to dig for substance. Its best scenes concern a subplot involving a drug mob's stalking of Susan (which wouldn't be the last time Janet Leigh would spend an uncomfortable evening a roadside motel). Leigh's fiery-but-naive sense of…


  • TheRingshifter

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by TheRingshifter 15 Apr, 2016

    Watched the Reconstructed Version, AR 1.85:00

    Just as good as the first time. The opening is rightly praised but the ending is just as amazing, creating a brilliant sense of tension and with some absolutely beautiful shots. Welles' role in this film is very entertaining.


  • EvanstonDad

    ★★★★★ Added by EvanstonDad

    Prepare yourself for a wild ride.

    Orson Welles let's it all hang out in this frenzied, twisted and fiendishly entertaining sicko thriller, considered by many to be the last true film noir. Welles himself appears as a corpulent sheriff, instilling his own brand of law and order in a Mexican border town. Charlton Heston (complete with Pancho Villa mustache) plays a Mexican government official who gets embroiled in a complicated frame up job that becomes more complicated when his wife…


  • Dave

    ★★★★ Watched by Dave 04 Apr, 2016

    A stark, perverse story of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in a Mexican border town. - IMDb

    From the sublime opening tracking shot, A Touch of Evil drags you in and forces you to be enthralled in it's storyline.

    One of the crazy things is that I went through half the film before realising that the Police Captain was Orson Welles. Not too sure what it was, but he looked a fair bit different.

    Unfortunately, the ending was a little lacklustre but for what it doesn't do, the journey in getting there was well worth it otherwise.