Touch of Evil
Crime • PG-13 • 1958 • 1 hr 51 min
Written, directed, and starring Orson Wells, Touch of Evil presents the Hollywood giant at his most accessible and defines the film-noir.
From the fascinating shot depth, to the twisted and revolting characters, it has Welles' stamp all over it.
A classic in film noir, Welles has left his stamp all over with the magnificent shots and grimy characters
Janet Leigh should stay away from motels.
A dark noir full of thrills, very Orson Wells, innovative.
Classic Orson Welles Noir crime mystery thriller, brilliant story and acting. Must see masterpiece
Classic noir film, very slow yet enjoyable
Janet Leigh really ought to consider avoiding motels.
Classic police corruption and crime movie, in great dark and stylish film noir style
Orson Welles closed the door on film noir with this masterpiece. The first 3 1/2 minutes are amazing!!!
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