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Touch of evil

Author: Albert ZugsmithOrson WellesCharlton HestonJanet LeighJoseph CalleiaAll authors
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal International : Distributed by Universal Studios, ©2000.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system : EnglishView all editions and formats
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On honeymoon with his new bride, Susan, Mexican-born police officer Mike Vargas agrees to investigate a car bombing. In so doing, he incurs the wrath of local police chief Hank Quinlan, a corrupt, bullying behemoth with a perfect arrest record. Vargas suspects that Quinlan has planted evidence to win his past convictions, and he is not about to let the suspect in the current case be railroaded. Determined to get  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Feature films
Mystery films
Mystery
Film noir
Film adaptations
Adaptations cinématographiques et télévisées
Drama
Teatro
Named Person: Whit Masterson; Whit Masterson
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Albert Zugsmith; Orson Welles; Charlton Heston; Janet Leigh; Joseph Calleia; Akim Tamiroff; Joanna Moore; Ray Collins; Dennis Weaver; Valentin De Vargas; Mort Mills; Victor Millán; Lalo Rios; Michael Sargent; Phil Harvey; Joi Lansing; Harry Shannon; Zsa Zsa Gábor; Marlene Dietrich; Russell Metty; Virgil W Vogel; Aaron Stell; Henry Mancini; Rick Schmidlin; Walter Murch; Whit Masterson; Universal-International (Firm); Universal Studios Home Video (Firm)
ISBN: 0783230613 9780783230610
OCLC Number: 45262097
Language Note: In English, Spanish, and French with English, Spanish, and French subtitles; closed captioned for the hearing impaired.
Notes: Based on the novel "Badge of Evil" by Whit Masterson.
In 1957, Orson Welles completed principal photography on Touch of Evil and edited the first cut. Upon screening the film, the Studio felt it could be improved, shot additional scenes and re-edited it. Welles viewed this new version and within hours wrote a passionate 58-page memo requesting editorial changes. This version represents an attempt to honor those requests and make Touch of Evil the film Orson Welles envisioned it to be. This re-edited version was produced in 1998.
Special features: Welles' memo [slide show/text feature]; Theatrical trailer (2 min.); Production notes [text feature]; Cast and filmmakers [text feature]; Recommendations [text/video feature] (8 min.); DVD newsletter [text feature].
Credits: Director of photography, Russell Metty ; film editors, Virgil Vogel, Aaron Stell ; music, Henry Mancini ; art direction, Alexander Golitzen, Robert Clatworthy ; gowns, Bill Thomas ; Orson Welles' requested editorial changes produced by Rick Schmidlin ; edited by Walter Murch ; picture restoration, Bob O'Neil ; consultant, Jonathan Rosenbaum.
Cast: Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, Orson Welles, Joseph Calleia, Akim Tamiroff, Joanna Moore, Ray Collins, Dennis Weaver, Valentin de Vargas, Mort Mills, Victor Millan, Lalo Rios, Michael Sargent, Phil Harvey, Joi Lansing, Harry Shannon, Marlene Dietrich, Zsa Zsa Gabor.
Event notes: Originally produced as an American motion picture in 1958.
Target Audience: MPAA Rating: Not rated.
Description: 1 videodisc (111 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD; Region 1, NTSC; Dolby digital mono sound; anamorphic widescreen presentation, aspect ratio 1.85:1.
Contents: Prologue --
Murder in Mexico --
Grandi's message --
Tanya --
Who's the boss? --
Following Vargas --
Mirador Motel --
Boyfriend --
"Evidence" --
New managers --
Partners --
Cop or the law? --
Assault --
Quinlan's setup --
All used up --
Echoes of guilt --
Some kind of man --
End titles.
Other Titles: Touch of evil (Motion picture)
Responsibility: Universal International ; screenplay by Orson Welles ; produced by Albert Zugsmith ; directed by Orson Welles.

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On honeymoon with his new bride, Susan, Mexican-born police officer Mike Vargas agrees to investigate a car bombing. In so doing, he incurs the wrath of local police chief Hank Quinlan, a corrupt, bullying behemoth with a perfect arrest record. Vargas suspects that Quinlan has planted evidence to win his past convictions, and he is not about to let the suspect in the current case be railroaded. Determined to get Vargas out of his hair, Quinlan makes a deal with local crime boss Uncle Joe Grandi to frame Susan on a drug rap. Dissecting the nature of good and evil in a hallucinatory, nightmarish ambiance, this baroque south-of-the-border mystery opens with one of the most remarkably extended long takes in movie history.

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