Touch of Evil

Synopsis: 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(s): Orson Welles
Production: October Films
  6 wins & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
95 min

I may be scared, but he won't be.

You figure it was a bomb then, Hank?

- Or he was struck by lightning.

Where's the daughter?

- Marcia? She's waiting for you.

Let her go.

- You don't even want to question her?

Let her go, and put a tail on her.

Let's see if some Jane knew Linnekar.

- There was some strip-teaser.

What do you know? The O.A.,

in a monkey suit! - Well, it's...

You too! - We were all at the banquet.

- Political rally.

No, "Tootsie's Steakhouse".

- G-men, T-men...

Quite a little tea party,

all for Rudy Linnekar's bonfire.

I hear he even invited some Mexican.

- Vargas doesn't claim jurisdiction.

I hope not. 2 Americans are dynamited,

practically in my own police station.

What makes you sure it was dynamite?

My leg. - What?

- His game leg!

Sometimes he gets a twinge, like

some folks for a change of weather.

Intuition, he calls it.

Vargas thinks the murder took place

outside our jurisdiction.

Of course we're all

going to cooperate. - Don't worry,

I'm merely what the United Nations

would call an observer.

Well, you don't talk like one.

Like a Mexican, I mean.

You won't have any trouble with me.

You bet your sweet life I won't.

Mike must be looking for me now,

and that's bound to mean trouble.

What's so funny about that?

He wants to know

if your husband is jealous, Seora.

You silly little pig!

Who are you talking about?

- About you! You ridiculous,

old-fashioned, lopsided little Caesar!

I didn't get that, Seora,

you'll have to talk slow.

I'm talking slow,

but in a minute I'll start to yell.

I wouldn't do that, Seora.

Just a little while ago,

this was a quiet, peaceful town!

And now this Vargas comes along...

- Mr Grandi...

You have something for my husband.

Isn't it time you gave it to me?

It's time he laid off my brother

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Orson Welles

George Orson Welles (; May 6, 1915 – October 10, 1985) was an American actor, director, writer, and producer who worked in theatre, radio, and film. He is remembered for his innovative work in all three: in theatre, most notably Caesar (1937), a Broadway adaptation of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar; in radio, the legendary 1938 broadcast "The War of the Worlds"; and in film, Citizen Kane (1941), consistently ranked as one of the greatest films ever made. In his 20s, Welles directed a number of high-profile stage productions for the Federal Theatre Project, including an adaptation of Macbeth with an entirely African American cast, and the political musical The Cradle Will Rock. In 1937 he and John Houseman founded the Mercury Theatre, an independent repertory theatre company that presented a series of productions on Broadway through 1941. Welles found national and international fame as the director and narrator of a 1938 radio adaptation of H. G. Wells' novel The War of the Worlds performed for his radio anthology series The Mercury Theatre on the Air. It reportedly caused widespread panic when listeners thought that an invasion by extraterrestrial beings was actually occurring. Although some contemporary sources say these reports of panic were mostly false and overstated, they rocketed Welles to notoriety. His first film was Citizen Kane (1941), which he co-wrote, produced, directed, and starred in as Charles Foster Kane. Welles was an outsider to the studio system and directed only 13 full-length films in his career. He struggled for creative control on his projects early on with the major film studios and later in life with a variety of independent financiers, and his films were either heavily edited or remained unreleased. His distinctive directorial style featured layered and nonlinear narrative forms, uses of lighting such as chiaroscuro, unusual camera angles, sound techniques borrowed from radio, deep focus shots, and long takes. He has been praised as "the ultimate auteur".Welles followed up Citizen Kane with 12 other feature films, the most acclaimed of which include The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), Touch of Evil (1958), and Chimes at Midnight (1966). Other works of his, such as The Lady from Shanghai (1947) and F for Fake (1973), are also well-regarded. In 2002, Welles was voted the greatest film director of all time in two British Film Institute polls among directors and critics. Known for his baritone voice, Welles was an actor in radio and film, a Shakespearean stage actor, and a magician noted for presenting troop variety shows in the war years. more…

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