Med sin underliga blandning av lust och olust, absurd humor, spänning, nervositet och avgrundslik ondska är Touch of Evil en film som kryper innanför skinnet på åskådaren.
The film's opening is one of the most celebrated in cinema, its single, atmosphere-drenched, three-minute tracking shot, much imitated but never surpassed for sucking you into a film's action and mood with hypnotised absorption.
Adapted by Welles from Whit Masterson’s pulp thriller Badge of Evil, it had streaks of teen degradation and reefer madness, and the most intense interracial relationship since The Searchers.
...a favorite of those who enjoy visual and dramatic flamboyance.
...it’s only by its tremendous, surreal climax that you realise that this is pure character study and not some wantonly outlandish noir- thriller...