History YMMV / TouchOfEvil

8th Oct '17 5:54:05 PM MagBas
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* CommonKnowledge: A mistake even movie-buffs make. ''Touch of Evil'' is often considered the "greatest of the BMovie" and even Creator/CharltonHeston insisted that while he's proud of his work stated that he saw it as a minor work and not one of his important films. It's important to note that the film was ''released'' as a BMovie by the distributors, and ''not'' the producers (at that time the distribution and production arm had broken into two companies and in the case of ''Touch of Evil'' they clashed on the editing, post-production and marketing).
** While the film was produced by Albert Zugsmith, who was known as "King of the Bs", towards the late-fifties and later he started making more ambitious productions, including Creator/DouglasSirk's ''The Tarnished Angels'' adapted from a Creator/WilliamFaulkner novel and he engaged Orson Welles to raise his profile, proving that he could work with top talent and he expected ''Touch of Evil'' to be a thriller made on a low-budget with top-talent so as to get a big audience. The film was eventually released on a double-bill but the A-Picture a forgotten film called ''The Female Animal'' was also produced by Zugmsith and had the same cameraman, Russell Metty moreoever.
** ''Touch of Evil'' is not really representative of the BMovie aesthetic. Most of the actors (Janet Leigh, Creator/CharltonHeston, Creator/MarleneDietrich and Welles himself) were A-Actors. Leigh and Heston had both appeared in major EpicMovie at that point, ''Film/TheVikings'' and ''Film/TheTenCommandments'', and Heston in the same year starred in Creator/WilliamWyler's ''Film/TheBigCountry''. Dennis Weaver ''was'' a TV actor who Welles liked, but he was in a minor role. As film historians noted, the marketing of the film was really incompetent for a movie with this talent and argue that the reason the distributors short-changed and sabotaged the film was their squeamishness about the content (the edgy sexuality, violence and focus on police corruption was far beyond the usual in American crime films and even trashy B titles) which they saw as unbecoming of [[OscarBait an A-Picture]].
4th Oct '17 12:50:41 PM JulianLapostat
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* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: The film was a box-office failure in the U.S., but was well received in Europe.

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* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: The film was a box-office failure in the U.S., but was well received in Europe.Europe, especially in France. Internationally this is long considered one of Welles' masterpieces and in the eyes of many critics, Hank Quinlan is Welles' best performance as an actor and the film is considered the ultimate FilmNoir.



* WTHCastingAgency: Creator/CharltonHeston playing a Mexican. Though it must be noted that this attitude is highly anachronistic. At the time, Film/TouchOfEvil was intended as a BMovie cookie-cutter film and not a serious docudrama about American-Mexican relations and furthermore, the notion of actors affecting accents for their roles was rare and not at all expected by audiences of the 50s, especially the genre movie audiences for whom the film was targeted.
** Also, Heston's character was originally supposed to be white, but Welles changed his nationality to Mexican. So Heston wasn't cast to play a Mexican, but the changes to the screenplay required a race change.

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* WTHCastingAgency: Creator/CharltonHeston playing a Mexican. Though it must be noted that this attitude is highly anachronistic. At the time, Film/TouchOfEvil was intended as a BMovie cookie-cutter film genre movie and not a serious docudrama about American-Mexican relations and furthermore, the notion of actors affecting accents for their roles was rare and not at all expected by audiences of the 50s, 50s (take ''Viva Zapata'' an A-Movie by Creator/EliaKazan with Creator/MarlonBrando as the iconic revolutionary sporting no accent at all, and Brando was a [[MethodActing method actor]] at that unlike the cast of Welles' films[[note]]Accents were generally only used for comedy purposes in the GoldenAge often to invoke FunnyForeigners as in ''Film/MaryPoppins'' with Dick Van Dyke's fake-cockney accent[[/note]]) especially the genre movie audiences for whom the film was targeted.
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targeted. Also, Heston's character was originally supposed to be white, but Welles changed his nationality to Mexican. So Mexican, so Heston wasn't cast to play a Mexican, but the changes to the screenplay required a race change.
4th Oct '17 12:13:07 PM JulianLapostat
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* ItsNotSupposedToWinOscars: While Creator/CharltonHeston was quite proud of his work on ''Touch of Evil'', he always called it "just a BMovie" and insisted that he doesn't think it's a great film solely because of its genre. When Creator/OrsonWelles heard this, he will praising Heston's conduct as an actor on set, described him as a "horseís ass, because heís in a film of mine that other people think is important, so why doesnít he shut up and pretend itís important". Likewise, ''Film/TouchOfEvil'' was not intended to be a BMovie, the decision to release it on the lower-half of a double bill was made by the studios during post-production, and of course Welles indeed never had that snobbism towards B-Movie or low-budget films (being a fan of Creator/WilliamCastle films).

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* ItsNotSupposedToWinOscars: While Creator/CharltonHeston was quite proud of his work on ''Touch of Evil'', he always called it "just a BMovie" and insisted that he doesn't think it's a great film solely because of its genre. When Creator/OrsonWelles heard this, he will while praising Heston's conduct as an actor on set, described him his attitude as that of a "horseís ass, because heís in a film of mine that other people think is important, [[QuitYourWhining so why doesnít he shut up up]] and pretend itís important". Likewise, ''Film/TouchOfEvil'' was not intended to be a BMovie, the decision to release it on the lower-half of a double bill was made by the studios during post-production, and of course Welles indeed never had that snobbism towards B-Movie or low-budget films (being a fan of Creator/WilliamCastle films).
4th Oct '17 12:12:16 PM JulianLapostat
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* ItsNotSupposedToWinOscars: While Creator/CharltonHeston was quite proud of his work on ''Touch of Evil'', he always called it "just a BMovie" and insisted that he doesn't think it's a great film solely because of its genre. When Creator/OrsonWelles heard this, he will praising Heston's conduct as an actor on set, described him as a "horseís ass, because heís in a film of mine that other people think is important, so why doesnít he shut up and pretend itís important". Likewise, ''Film/TouchOfEvil'' was not intended to be a BMovie, the decision to release it on the lower-half of a double bill was made by the studios during post-production, and of course Welles indeed never had that snobbism towards B-Movie or low-budget films (being a fan of Creator/WilliamCastle films).
21st May '17 3:26:10 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* AdaptationDisplacement: The film was based on an obscure pulp thriller called ''Badge of Evil''. Welles took great liberties with the plot, including relocating it to the Mexican border, making this film so much his own (and supposedly improving the story greatly in the process) that the original novel is even more obscure today.

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* AdaptationDisplacement: The film was based on an obscure pulp thriller called ''Badge of Evil''. Welles Creator/OrsonWelles took great liberties with the plot, including relocating it to the Mexican border, making this film so much his own (and supposedly improving the story greatly in the process) that the original novel is even more obscure today.today.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: The film was a box-office failure in the U.S., but was well received in Europe.
16th May '17 4:14:38 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* AllStarCast: Charlton Heston, Orson Welles, Janet Leigh, Dennis Weaver, and Marlene Dietrich, plus cameos from Joseph Cotten, Zsa Zsa Gabor, and Mercedes [=McCambridge=]. This is all the more impressive when you realize ''Touch Of Evil'' was meant to be a quick B-movie.
* ExecutiveMeddling: The film was made under budget and on schedule, but the studio still took it from Welles's control and re-edited it, cutting some scenes out and reshooting others.
** Heston claimed afterward that he convinced the studio executives that he'd star in the movie only because he thought Welles was the director, when the studio only hired him to act as Quinlan (in truth, Welles and the producer had already agreed to let him direct the movie based on the ''Badge of Evil'' novel/script).
* FakeNationality: American Charlton Heston plays Mexican police officer Mike Vargas. He plays him well, but still, come on -- it's just a tan and a [[MagnificentMoustachesOfMexico Mexican mustache]] and NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent (which Heston later admitted was a huge mistake).
** The cast is full of Fakes -- Armenian actor Akim Tamiroff plays a Mexican gangster, German-American Creator/MarleneDietrich plays a Spanish Gypsy fortune teller and neither of them affect accents either. It's not a realistic film and not intended to be one either.



* WhatTheHellCastingAgency: Charlton Heston playing a Mexican. Though it must be noted that this attitude is highly anachronistic. At the time, Film/TouchOfEvil was intended as a BMovie cookie-cutter film and not a serious docudrama about American-Mexican relations and furthermore, the notion of actors affecting accents for their roles was rare and not at all expected by audiences of the 50s, especially the genre movie audiences for whom the film was targeted.

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* WhatTheHellCastingAgency: Charlton Heston WTHCastingAgency: Creator/CharltonHeston playing a Mexican. Though it must be noted that this attitude is highly anachronistic. At the time, Film/TouchOfEvil was intended as a BMovie cookie-cutter film and not a serious docudrama about American-Mexican relations and furthermore, the notion of actors affecting accents for their roles was rare and not at all expected by audiences of the 50s, especially the genre movie audiences for whom the film was targeted.
16th Feb '17 8:57:32 AM JulianLapostat
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* VindicatedByHistory: The studio released it as a B-movie and gave it little promotion in the United States, but it became a huge hit in Europe. It's now regarded as "the best B-Movie ever made."

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* VindicatedByHistory: The studio released it as a B-movie and gave it little promotion in the United States, but it became a huge hit in Europe. It's now regarded as "the best B-Movie ever made."made" or to those of a less snobbish disposition, one of the greatest films ever made and one of Creator/OrsonWelles' best films.
5th Oct '16 5:49:03 PM Roland_Dhalgren
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** Also, Heston's character was originally supposed to be white, but Welles changed his nationality to Mexican. So Heston wasn't cast to play a Mexican, but the changes to the screenplay required a race change.
25th Jan '15 10:55:54 AM JulianLapostat
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* FakeNationality: American Charlton Heston plays Mexican police officer Mike Vargas. He plays him well, but still, come on -- it's just a tan and a [[MagnificentMoustachesOfMexico Mexican mustache]] and NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent (which Heston later admitted was a huge mistake). Lampshaded by several characters, who say that he doesn't look the least bit Mexican.

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* FakeNationality: American Charlton Heston plays Mexican police officer Mike Vargas. He plays him well, but still, come on -- it's just a tan and a [[MagnificentMoustachesOfMexico Mexican mustache]] and NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent (which Heston later admitted was a huge mistake). Lampshaded by several characters, who say that he doesn't look the least bit Mexican.mistake).
** The cast is full of Fakes -- Armenian actor Akim Tamiroff plays a Mexican gangster, German-American Creator/MarleneDietrich plays a Spanish Gypsy fortune teller and neither of them affect accents either. It's not a realistic film and not intended to be one either.



* WhatTheHellCastingAgency: Charlton Heston playing a Mexican.

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* WhatTheHellCastingAgency: Charlton Heston playing a Mexican. Though it must be noted that this attitude is highly anachronistic. At the time, Film/TouchOfEvil was intended as a BMovie cookie-cutter film and not a serious docudrama about American-Mexican relations and furthermore, the notion of actors affecting accents for their roles was rare and not at all expected by audiences of the 50s, especially the genre movie audiences for whom the film was targeted.
11th Jul '14 8:46:45 PM WJTaylor4
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* FakeNationality: American Charlton Heston plays Mexican police officer Mike Vargas. He plays him well, but still, come on -- it's just a tan and a [[MagnificentMoustachesOfMexico Mexican mustache]]. Lampshaded by several characters, who say that he doesn't look the least bit Mexican.

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* FakeNationality: American Charlton Heston plays Mexican police officer Mike Vargas. He plays him well, but still, come on -- it's just a tan and a [[MagnificentMoustachesOfMexico Mexican mustache]].mustache]] and NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent (which Heston later admitted was a huge mistake). Lampshaded by several characters, who say that he doesn't look the least bit Mexican.
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