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Film Film December 20, 1997
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Orson Welles
Touch of Evil
1958

This may not be Welles' best, but the opening scene alone should put this movie at the top of any list of classic noir. Charlton Heston as a Mexican (yes, Mexican) narcotics investigator is just a bonus. Welles himself plays an obese and corrupt Texas cop, and Janet Leigh is wonderfully innocent as Heston's American bride. Welles set out to make the ultimate B-movie and with the combination of pulp-novel plot, camp dialogue, and sleazy locales, he inevitably succeeded.


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