Touch of Evil
|Release Date:||Apr 1958|
|Genres||Thriller / Film-Noir / Crime|
|Cast:||Charlton Heston(Ramon Miguel 'Mike' Vargas), Janet Leigh(Susan 'Susie' Vargas), Orson Welles(Police Captain Hank Quinlan), Joseph Calleia(Police Sergeant Pete Menzies), Akim Tamiroff('Uncle' Joe Grandi), Joanna Moore(Marcia Linnekar), Ray Collins(District Attorney Adair), Dennis Weaver(Mirador Motel Night Manager), Valentin de Vargas(Pancho - Grandi Hood), Mort Mills(Al Schwartz - District Attorney's...), Victor Millan(Manelo Sanchez), Lalo Rios(Risto - Grandi's Nephew), Michael Sargent(Pretty Boy), Phil Harvey(Blaine), Joi Lansing(Zita),|
An automobile is blown up as it crosses the Mexican border into the United States. Mike Vargas, a high ranking Mexican narcotics official on honeymoon with his bride Susie is drawn into the investigation because a Mexican national has been accused of the crime. The figurative and physical presence of Hank Quinlan as the 330 pound sheriff looms all over. Quinlan is a fanatic where "justice" is concerned, even if obtaining it involves planting evidence. Quinlan's reputation for law and order enables him to bend the law without question until Vargas confronts him. From that point on, it's a battle of wits between the two that, with an accelerating pace, rushes to a climax.