Touch of Evil

Lists: Thriller, Crime / Heist, Psychological Thrillers, Detective investigation

Brief Synopsis: "Stark, perverse story of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in Mexican border town."

Overall Ranking: 124 (Rank from 1958: # 2)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 75%
Regular 25%
Half-Popped 0%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Reviewer Rating Review Secondary Ratings
David Baruffi97
Warning Sign90(full review)
Thomas Pollock90
Cinephile Catherine80

People Involved

  • Charlton Heston (Ramon Miguel 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 (as Valentin De Vargas))
  • Mort Mills (Al Schwartz - District Attorneys Assistant)
  • Victor Millan (Manelo Sanchez)
  • Lalo Rios (Risto - Grandis Nephew)
  • Michael Sargent (Pretty Boy)
  • Phil Harvey (Blaine)
  • Joi Lansing (Zita)
  • Harry Shannon (Chief Gould)
  • Marlene Dietrich (Tanya)
  • Zsa Zsa Gabor (Strip-Club Owner)
  • Joseph Cotten (Coroner)
  • Billy House (Construction Site Foreman)
  • Mercedes McCambridge (Gang Leader)
  • Dan White (Customs Officer)
  • Keenan Wynn (Marcia Linnekars Attorney)
  • Orson Welles (Director)