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Title Touch of evil [videorecording] / Universal International ; screenplay by Orson Welles ; produced by Albert Zugsmith ; directed by Orson Welles.

Publication Info. Universal City, California : Universal International : Distributed by Universal Studios, ©2000.


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Description 1 videodisc (111 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
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System Details DVD, region 1, anamorphic widescreen (1.85:1) presentation; Dolby Digital 2.0.
Language English dialogue, optional Spanish or French subtitles; closed-captioned.
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.
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.
Note Based on the novel "Badge of Evil" by Whit Masterson.
Audience MPAA Rating: Not rated.
Event Originally produced as a motion picture in 1958.
Note 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.
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.
Summary 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.
Note 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].
Subject Man-woman relationships -- Drama.
Police corruption -- Mexican-American Border Region -- Drama.
Judicial error -- Mexican-American Border Region -- Drama.
Drug enforcement agents -- Mexican-American Border Region -- Drama.
Mexican-American Border Region -- Drama.
Genre/Form Film noir.
Detective and mystery films.
Film adaptations.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Added Author Zugsmith, Albert, film producer.
Welles, Orson, 1915-1985, film director, screenwriter, actor.
Heston, Charlton, actor.
Leigh, Janet, actor.
Calleia, Joseph, 1897-1975, actor.
Tamiroff, Akim, 1899-1972, actor.
Moore, Joanna, -1997, actor.
Collins, Ray, 1889-1965, actor.
Weaver, Dennis, 1924-2006, actor.
De Vargas, Valentin, actor.
Mills, Mort, 1919-1993, actor.
Millan, Victor, 1919-2009, actor.
Rios, Lalo, 1927-1973, actor.
Sargent, Michael, actor.
Harvey, Phil, actor.
Lansing, Joi, 1934-1972, actor.
Shannon, Harry, 1890-1964, actor.
Gabor, Zsa Zsa, 1917-2016, actor.
Dietrich, Marlene, actor.
Metty, Russell, director of photography.
Vogel, Virgil W., 1919-1996, editor of moving image work.
Stell, Aaron, editor of moving image work.
Mancini, Henry, composer (expression)
Schmidlin, Rick, 1954- film producer.
Murch, Walter, 1943- editor of moving image work.
Movie adaptation of (work): Masterson, Whit. Badge of evil
Universal-International (Firm), film production company.
Universal Studios Home Video (Firm), film distributor.
Added Title Touch of evil (Motion picture).
ISBN 0783230613
Standard No. 025192047022
Music No. 20470 Universal Studios

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