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One-Eyed Jacks (1961)

Cast: Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Pina Pellicer, more...
Director: Marlon Brando
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Media Syndication, Inc.
Genre: Westerns
Running Time: 142 min.
Languages: English
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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). ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Can't say if it's good or bad... by IWhitney August 26, 2006 - 7:24 PM PDT
I won't pass judgement on the movie because I never got past the opening credits. The Alpha Video release is smeary and chopped up by delicious pan-n-scan. I don't know if there's a good DVD release of this film (it is in the public domain, so multiple companies have released DVDS), but I can tell you that the Alpha disc is to be avoided.

Directed 1 of 1 by dcarrberry January 4, 2005 - 3:39 PM PST
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Scoff if you wish. Reel in disbelief: but this is easily one of my favorite Brando films and one of my favorite Westerns Ever. In the realm of Once Upon a Time in the West. The newness! The California Coast, the dish served oh so cold, the game playing, the lying yet unstoppable truth! Brando makes us swoon for his truthfulness, his refusal to admit the false in his acting. The dedication to physical reality - physical performance! This film makes no deviation from his course. Watch Brando lie, drinking tequila with the enemy of his life; watch him throw tables across rooms without talking his eyes of his adversary, watch him kill, watch him be whipped nearly to death. Watch Brando doing exactly what made him the unmovable top of acting in his time. Plus the rest of the cast. Plus he directed it! Who could pass this up?

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