Touch of Evil

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Mexican Narcotics officer Ramon Miguel 'Mike' Vargas has to interrupt his honeymoon on the Mexican-US border when an American building contractor is killed after someone places a bomb in his car. He's killed on the US side of the border but it's clear that the bomb was planted on the Mexican side. As a result, Vargas delays his return to Mexico City where he has been mounting a case against the Grandi family crime and narcotics syndicate. Police Captain Hank Quinlan is in charge on the US side and he soon has a suspect, a Mexican named Manolo Sanchez. Vargas is soon onto Quinlan and his Sergeant, Pete Menzies, when he catches them planting evidence to convict Sanchez. With his new American wife, Susie, safely tucked away in a hotel on the US side of the border - or so he thinks - he starts to review Quinlan's earlier cases. While concentrating on the corrupt policeman however, the Grandis have their own plans for Vargas and they start with his wife Susie.

Director: Orson Welles
Writer: Orson Welles (screenplay), Whit Masterson (based on the novel "Badge Of Evil" by)
Production: N/A
Year: 1958
MetaScore: 99/100
ImdbRating: 8.0
BoxOffice: N/A
Released: 09 May 1958
Awards: 7 wins & 1 nomination.


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Mike Vargas - Charlton Heston
Susan Vargas - Janet Leigh
Police Captain Hank Quinlan - Orson Welles
Police Sergeant Pete Menzies - Joseph Calleia
'Uncle' Joe Grandi - Akim Tamiroff
Marcia Linnekar - Joanna Moore
District Attorney Adair - Ray Collins
Mirador Motel Night Manager - Dennis Weaver
Al Schwartz - Mort Mills
Manelo Sanchez - Victor Millan
Risto - Lalo Rios
Pretty Boy - Michael Sargent
Blaine - Phil Harvey
Chief Gould - Harry Shannon
Strip-Club Owner - Zsa Zsa Gabor
Young Delinquent - Joe Basulto
Coroner - Joseph Cotten
Jackie - Jennie Dias
Policeman - John Dierkes
Stripper Sitting at Bar - Eva Gabor
Rudy Linnekar - Jeffrey Green
Construction Site Foreman - Billy House
Gang Leader - Mercedes McCambridge
Gang Member - Ken Miller
Man in Uniform Running Down Street - Ralph Moratz
Gang Member - Ramón Rodríguez
Eddie Farnham - Gus Schilling
Marcia Linnekar's Attorney - William Tannen
Gang Member - Wayne Taylor
Detective Casey - Rusty Wescoatt
Customs Officer - Dan White
Bartender - Keenan Wynn