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Quotations from Touch of Evil

Touch of Evil is a film-noir crime thriller film that follows the life of adrug enforcement official in the Mexican government. Miguel "Mike" Vargas and Susie just got married and were planning on having some quiet time together. However, along the U.S.-Mexican border they witness a car that exploded on American soil. Vargas, knowing the implications it might have for his country, tries to investigate and find out as much information he can. However, he is given a hard time and only some half-truths. He must find out more. Directed by Orson Welles. Starring Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, Orson Welles, and Joseph Calleia. Loosely based on the novel "Badge of Evil" by Whit Masterson.

Touch of Evil has been said to be one of the best crime movies of all time, even though it never won an Oscar award. There exists three versions of the film, one Welles wanted, the original released version, and a longer version. Continue reading for some quotes from Touch of Evil.


Vargas: How could you arrest me here? This is my country.
Quinlan: This is where you're gonna die.
Vargas: Captain, you won't have any trouble with me.
Quinlan: You bet your sweet life I won't.
Vargas: Listen, I'm no cop now. I'm a husband! What did you do with her? Where's my wife? My wife!
Ramon Miguel 'Mike' Vargas: This could be very bad for us.
Susan: For us?
Ramon Miguel 'Mike' Vargas: For Mexico, I mean.
Quinlan: I don't speak Mexican. Let's keep it in English, Vargas.
Vargas: That's all right with me. I'm sure he's just as unpleasant in any language.
Sanchez: Unpleasant? Strange. I've been told I have a very winning personality. The very best shoe clerk the store ever had.
Quinlan: That was the last killer that ever got out of my hands.
Quinlan: Come on, read my future for me.
Tanya: You haven't got any.
Quinlan: Hmm? What do you mean?
Tanya: Your future's all used up.
Ramon Miguel 'Mike' Vargas: A policeman's job is only easy in a police state.
Vargas: This isn't the real Mexico. You know that. All border towns bring out the worst in a country. I can just imagine your mother's face if she could see our honeymoon hotel.
Schwartz: Intuition?
Ramon Miguel 'Mike' Vargas: Why not? Quinlan doesn't have a monopoly on hunches.
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