Orson Welles
USA 1958
111 min

Orson Welles' glorious - if temporary - return to the Hollywood fray after years of studio neglect is one of his richest and most rewarding pictures. Adapted by Welles himself and based on a minor novel by Whit Masterson (which Welles famously never read), it is a supremely confident and stylish work. From the legendary opening tracking shot - still technically mesmerising - Russell Metty's black and white photography creates a strange chiaroscuro, a noir landscape (though a straggler of the genre, the film stands as one of its finest entries), in which quintessential Wellesian themes of evil, corruption, and moral ambiguity loom large. (David Wood)

  • Charlton Heston - Mike Vargas
  • Janet Leigh - Susan Vargas
  • Orson Welles - Hank Quinlan
  • Joseph Calleia - Pete Menzies
  • Akim Tamiroff - «Uncle Joe» Grande
  • Joanna Moore - Marica Linnekar
  • Ray Collins - Adair
  • Dennis Weaver - Nachtportier
  • Valentin De Vargas - Pancho
  • Mort Mills - Schwartz
  • Victor Millan - Manuel Sanchez
  • Orson Welles nach dem Roman «Badge of Evil» von Whit Masterson
  • Russell Metty
  • Leslie I. Carey
  • Frank Wilkinson
  • Aaron Stell
  • Edward Curtiss
  • Virgil W. Vogel
  • Henry Mancini
  • Russel A. Gausman
  • John P. Austin
  • Bill Thomas
Universal International Pictures

Paramount 5555 Melrose Avenue Hollywood, CA 90038, USA

Universal Filmverleih Neubaugasse 1 1070 Wien T 1 523 46 31 17
35 mm
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