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One-Eyed Jacks
     

One-Eyed Jacks

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Cast: Karl Malden, Pina Pellicer, Katy Jurado

 

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Western bandit Kid Rio (Marlon Brando) is betrayed by his partner, Dad Longworth (Karl Malden). Escaping from prison, Rio learns that Longworth has become a wealthy and influential lawman. Rio thirsts for revenge, but bides his time, waiting for the right moment to strike. In the meantime, Rio spitefully seduces Longworth's adopted daughter, Louisa (Pina Pellicer).

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Western bandit Kid Rio (Marlon Brando) is betrayed by his partner, Dad Longworth (Karl Malden). Escaping from prison, Rio learns that Longworth has become a wealthy and influential lawman. Rio thirsts for revenge, but bides his time, waiting for the right moment to strike. In the meantime, Rio spitefully seduces Longworth's adopted daughter, Louisa (Pina Pellicer). After killing a man in self-defense, Rio is publicly whipped by the powerful Longworth. When Rio's old gang accidentally kills a child during another holdup, Longworth has the perfect excuse to eliminate the troublesome Rio once and for all by hanging him. But that's not what happens at all. Stripped to its fundamentals, One-Eyed Jacks is a workable Western, worthy of perhaps 90 minutes' running time. But when Marlon Brando succeeded Stanley Kubrick in the director's chair, he allowed the film's 60-day shooting schedule to stretch into six months, and delivered a finished product running in excess of four hours. The current 141-minute version of One-Eyed Jacks isn't as ponderous as some critics have claimed, but it's still too much of a good thing. While Brando the director isn't precisely in the Kubrick class, Brando the actor delivers one of his finest and most focused performances (though he is upstaged throughout by Karl Malden).

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All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Often described by director Martin Scorsese as his favorite Western, Marlon Brando's only foray into directing resulted in one of the most interesting films in the genre. Brando plays an outlaw abandoned on a Mexican mountainside by his partner Karl Malden, while escaping from a posse. After doing a five-year hitch in a Mexican prison, Brando goes looking for revenge. A film whose troubled production history included contributions by Sam Peckinpah and Stanley Kubrick, in many ways it's a precursor to the operatic, slow-motion oaters of Sergio Leone. Basically a standard Western, it's raised a few notches by a great performance from Brando, who is given all he can handle by a memorably sadistic Malden. The pace of the scenes is undeniably slow, and one's enjoyment of the film probably depends on the extent to which viewers find Brando's myriad expressions of slow-burning rage compelling. Either Brando has an excellent eye or he was lucky in his choice of cinematographer Charles Lang, because the photography of Monterey, the Sierras, and the Mexican coastline is spectacular. Katy Jurado, Slim Pickens, Ben Johnson, and the always disturbed Timothy Carey round out the colorful cast.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/22/2016
UPC:
0715515189316
Original Release:
1961
Rating:
NR
Source:
Criterion
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:21:00
Sales rank:
5,271

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Marlon Brando Kid Rio
Karl Malden Dad Longworth
Pina Pellicer Louisa
Katy Jurado Maria
Ben Johnson Bob Emory
Slim Pickens Lon
Larry Duran Modesto
Sam Gilman Harvey Johnson
Timothy Carey Howard Tetley
Miriam Colon Redhead
Elisha Cook Bank Teller
Rodopho (Rudy) Acosta Rurales Officer
Ray Teal Bartender
John Dierkes Barber
Margarita Cordova Nika Flamenco Dancer
Hank Worden Doc
Philip Ahn Uncle
Nesdon Booth Townsman
Joe Dominguez Corral Keeper
Mickey Finn Blacksmith
Nacho Galindo Mexican Townsman
Clem Harvey Tim
Margarita Martin Mexican Vendor
Jorge Moreno Bouncer in Shack
Harry "Snub" Pollard Townsman
Felipe Turich Card Sharp
Henry Wills Posseman
Fenton Jones Squaredance Caller
John Michael Quijada Rurales Sergeant
William Forrest Banker

Technical Credits
Marlon Brando Director
Robert R. Benton Set Decoration/Design
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
Josephine Earl Choreography
Farciot Edouart Special Effects
Hugo W. Friedhofer Score Composer
John P. Fulton Special Effects
George Glass Executive Producer
J. McMillan Johnson Art Director
Charles B. Lang Cinematographer
Archie Marshek Editor
Rosita Moreno Consultant/advisor
Hal Pereira Art Director
Rodd Redwing Consultant/advisor
Philip Rhodes Makeup
Frank P. Rosenberg Producer
Walter Seltzer Executive Producer
Guy Troper Screenwriter
Wally Westmore Makeup
Calder Willingham Screenwriter
Yvonne Wood Costumes/Costume Designer

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4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Diamond brand DVD is pretty decent. Contrary to BN.com, it IS letterboxed. We don't think the movie is too long. It flows nicely, and the photography is superb. The dialog is excellent.