Touch of Evil | 1958

Directed by: Orson Welles

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Main Plot

A Mexican drug enforcement officer investigates a car bombing on the US-Mexico border, uncovering corruption and tangled relationships in a small border town.


  • Charlton Heston's character is named Ramon Miguel Vargas, a Mexican narcotics officer investigating a murder in Touch of Evil.
  • Orson Welles plays the character of Captain Hank Quinlan, a corrupt police officer, in the plot of Touch of Evil.
  • Janet Leigh's character is Susan Vargas in Touch of Evil, a newlywed caught up in a corrupt border town investigation.


In the conclusion of Touch of Evil, the corrupt police captain Hank Quinlan is finally exposed for his unethical practices. The film reaches its climax as the truth about Quinlan's framing of a suspect is revealed, leading to his downfall. The film ends with justice prevailing as Quinlan's partner, Mike Vargas, successfully exposes his corruption, ultimately bringing about his arrest and the restoration of order in the town. With its gripping conclusion, Touch of Evil leaves viewers with a sense of satisfaction as the truth is finally unveiled and the corrupt are held accountable for their actions.

Orson Welles