One-Eyed Jacks [DVD] [1961]

Western bandit Marlon Brando is betrayed by his partner Karl Malden. Released from prison, Brando learns that Malden has become a wealthy and influential lawman. Brando thirsts for revenge, but bides his time, waiting for the right moment to strike. In the meantime, Brando spitefully seduces Malden's adopted daughter Pina Pellicer. After participating in a botched holdup, Brando is publicly whipped by the powerful Malden. When Brando's old gang accidentally kills a child during another holdup, Malden has the perfect excuse to eliminate the troublesome Brando 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 is 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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One-Eyed Jacks
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). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Marlon Brando
    Marlon Brando - Kid Rio
  • Karl Malden
    Karl Malden - Dad Longworth
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    Pina Pellicer - Louisa
  • Katy Jurado
    Katy Jurado - Maria
  • Ben Johnson
    Ben Johnson - Bob Emory

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