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One-Eyed Jacks (1961)




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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).more
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Western, Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Charles Neider, Guy Trosper, Calder Willingham, Guy Troper
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On DVD: Aug 4, 1998
Madacy Entertainment


Karl Malden
as Sheriff Dad Longwort...
Katy Jurado
as Maria Longworth
Ben Johnson
as Bob Amory
Sam Gilman
as Harvey
Larry Duran
as Modesto
Timothy Carey
as Howard Tetley
Miriam Colon
as Redhead
Elisha Cook Jr.
as Bank Teller
Rodopho (Rudy) Acost...
as Rurales Officer
Rodolfo Acosta
as Rurales Officer
Ray Teal
as Bartender
John Dierkes
as Barber/Photographer
Margarita Cordova
as Nika Flamenco Dancer
Nina Martinez
as Margarita Castilian ...
Shichizo Takeda
as Owner of Cantina
Henry Wills
as Posseman
Mickey Finn
as Blacksmith
Fenton Jones
as Squaredance Caller
Joe Dominguez
as Corral Keeper
Margarita Martin
as Mexican Vendor
John Michael Quijada
as Rurales Sergeant
Francy Scott
as Cantina Girl
Felipe Turich
as Card Sharp
Nesdon Booth
as Townsman
Nacho Galindo
as Mexican Townsman
Jorge Moreno
as Bouncer in Shack
Joan Petrone
as Flower Girl
Tommy Webb
as Farmer's Son
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Critic Reviews for One-Eyed Jacks

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Lumbering and bloated, often compelling, always gorgeous, and at times astonishingly bizarre.

Full Review… | July 26, 2014
Antagony & Ecstasy

Intriguing but ultimately flawed Western that shows Brando talent as an actor and director.

Full Review… | May 8, 2011

Audience Reviews for One-Eyed Jacks

Overlong western, by about an hour, but not without interest. Katy Jurado gives the film's best performance.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Who's supposed to be the good guy here? Marlon Brando directs (his one lone directing credit) and stars in this mexican-american western. As the movie opens, Rio (Brando) and Dad (Karl Malden), a pair of bandits, are cornered up on a hill by Rurales. Dad sneaks off to get fresh horses, but winds up abandoning Rio to the law, and he does 5 years of hard time in a Sonora prison. When Rio next catches up with Dad, Monterey, California, and Dad is living the fat life as the elected sheriff with a new wife and adopted daughter. Even though Dad has moved on and Rio has not, neither man is willing to forgive and forget the past. For Dad, it's fear and guilt that fuel his hatred of Rio; for Rio, while it's true he has a strong desire for justice, there is perhaps a certain amount of jealousy and resentment that people around him change while he stays the same. While Rio is obviously a tough guy and a expert gunslinger, he's rendered ineffectual for most of the movie by the powers that be.

There is an air of authenticity to One-Eyed Jacks, from Bob Amory's greasy face (Ben Johnson did an excellent job here as one of the few characters who was actually true to himself) to colloquialisms that sounded genuine in the old west setting. From Karl Malden and Ben Johnson, to Larry Duran (Rio's mexican partner) and Pina Pellicer (Rio's love interest, Louisa- an enchantingly unique beauty whose life was cut short in real life by depression and suicide), Brando the actor steps aside as Brando the director fleshes out these characters and gives his actors a chance to shine. It's all brought together with great story-telling. There are some truly great westerns that have been made throughout the last century, the lesser known One-Eyed Jacks deserves to be counted among the best.

Mr Awesome
Devon Bott

Super Reviewer

Starts out pretty good, then slows down, and then picks up toward the end. I've never been a big fan of Brando in sympathetic sort of roles, but this was just ok.

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

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