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One Eyed Jacks (1961)


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Release Date: Jan 1, 1961 Wide



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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

Aug 4, 1998

Madacy Entertainment

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

May 8, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Comment (1)

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November 9, 2004
Cinema em Cena

Stylish Brando produced, directed, starring western.

October 25, 2004

Brando's seaside Western mess.

July 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Scenic and overlong, taking a long time to sigh and brood for just another standard revenge Western.

December 6, 2003 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Very cool. It's too bad Brando never directed again.

October 23, 2003
San Francisco Examiner

Audience Reviews for One Eyed Jacks

Overlong western, by about an hour, but not without interest. Katy Jurado gives the film's best performance.
January 26, 2014
jay nixon

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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.
October 24, 2011
Mr Awesome
Devon Bott

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Overly long and anti climactic. Not without it's moments though and the acting is top notch. Special Kudos to Karl Malden
November 26, 2007

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    1. Kid Rio: You're a one eyed jack around here Dad.
    – Submitted by mike r (18 months ago)
    1. Kid Rio: Get up you scum sucking pig! I want you standing when I open you up.
    – Submitted by Andrew S (23 months ago)
    1. Kid Rio: Get up, ya big tub o' guts!
    – Submitted by Andrew S (23 months ago)
    1. Bob Emory: They're enough scattergun down to start war, besides it might do him some good to get rid of some of that snotnose!
    – Submitted by Doris H (2 years ago)
    1. Bob Emory: Give me that money,or I'll blow yer liver.
    – Submitted by Doris H (2 years ago)
    1. Kid Rio: I'd say you're shy a few manners.
    – Submitted by Doris H (2 years ago)
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