Reflections in a Golden Eye


Reflections in a Golden Eye

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Marlon Brando appears as Major Weldon Penderton, a sexually confused army officer stationed at a Georgia military base in the late 40s. When his wife begins to stray, his lust turns to a young male soldier.

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Marlon Brando
as Weldon Penderton
Elizabeth Taylor
as Leonora Penderton
Brian Keith
as Morris Langdon
Julie Harris
as Alison Langdon
Zorro David
as Anacleto
Irvin Dugan
as Weincheck
Douglas Stark
as Dr. Burgess
Harvey Keitel
as Uncredited
Al Mulock
as Old Soldier
Ted Beniades
as Sergeant
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  • Mar 20, 2014
    Reflections in a Golden Eye" was recognized by John Huston himself as his most important film of his late period along with "The Man who would be a King". While generally the later is accepted as his masterpiece "Reflections in a Golden Eye" is misunderstood as Huston's "misfire", as a "flop", an opinion with which I tend to disagree. What we have here is a good drama whose story is based on a book by Carson McCullers, featuring superb performances from Marlon Brando who plays a U.S. Army Major in an isolated military fort somewhere in the south, who gradually discovers his homosexuality and Liz Taylor, simply great here in the role of his cheating wife. The film, which is basically a serious drama, turns out to be something of a cynical human comedy, due to "ridiculousness" of all of it's characters and the way the story is told by film's director - John Huston. Overall it's an intelligent film whose main theme is repression and ultimate frustration of desire with it's tragic consequences. 3 Stars 2-25-14
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 11, 2012
    Square pegs do not fit into round holes. Disregard the critical reviews on this one, especially if you enjoy Southern gothic dysfunction.
    Stefanie C Super Reviewer
  • Jun 26, 2011
    Its a pretentious mess. Huston's stylistic choices force the obvious metaphor down the audience's throats while simultaneous confusing them with useless character details (the camera movements in the final scene make the ending unintentionally hilarious). Taylor is bearable, but Brando is awful. His accent is incoherent and his character choices are bizarre at best. Its remarkably terrible, given the talent involved.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 16, 2009
    Ultimately, this movie doesn't accomplish what it should accomplish. This is partially because it was constrained by censorship, but also because there are a lot of mistakes in the writing and direction. John Huston layers the whole movie in a warm golden glow, which is an intelligent and compelling choice, but he doesn't provide the subject matter with the same distinction as the aesthetic element. Elizabeth Taylor does surprisingly mediocre work in the lead, but Marlon Brando fans should make a point of seeing this. As an army Major repressing his own homosexuality, he does some of his bravest and most visceral acting in this film. His performance is without fault, but the same cannot be said for the movie itself. It's a blurry, sometimes haphazard venture, but it's worth a look for Brando.
    Mike T Super Reviewer

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