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One-Eyed Jacks (1961)

Not Rated | | Western | 8 July 1961 (Japan)
After robbing a Mexican bank, Dad Longworth takes the loot and leaves his partner Rio to be captured but Rio escapes and searches for Dad in California.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Rio
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Sheriff Dad Longworth
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Maria Longworth
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Bob Amory
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Deputy Lon Dedrick
Larry Duran ...
Chico Modesto
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Harvey Johnson
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Howard Tetley
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Redhead
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Carvey (as Elisha Cook)
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Mexican Rurale Captain (as Rudolph Acosta)
Tom Webb ...
Farmer's Son
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Barney
John Dierkes ...
Chet
Philip Ahn ...
Uncle
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Running from the law after a bank robbery in Mexico, Dad Longworth finds an opportunity to take the stolen gold and leave his partner Rio to be captured. Years later, Rio escapes from the prison where he has been since, and hunts down Dad for revenge. Dad is now a respectable sheriff in California, and has been living in fear of Rio's return. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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Western

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8 July 1961 (Japan)  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Stanley Kubrick, who originally was slated to direct the film, wanted Spencer Tracy to play Sheriff Dad Longworth. Marlon Brando, whose production company already had Karl Malden on salary, refused to replace him with Tracy. See more »

Goofs

The glass tankards that the party-goers drink from in the fiesta (c.56 minutes) are of a design first produced around the 1920s. See more »

Quotes

Rio: I don't know, Dad. You may not want me around too long. You may be retired from robbin' banks, Dad; but I'm still in business.
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Streets of Laredo
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[Hummed by Deputy Lon when Luisa brings food to Rio at the jail]
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A Film Ahead of its Time
13 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For a film of its time (under the censorship of the "movie code"), "One Eyed-Jacks" is unusual in many ways. Brando's character, "Rio", impregnates his former partner's adoptive (Mexican) daughter outside of wedlock, and the plot allows her to live at the end of the movie. Brando's most trusted friend in the movie is his Mexican prison cell-mate. Indeed the only characters in the movie who don't betray him or aren't indifferent to him are Mexican; this is a rare depiction of support and affection for other ethnicities absent in most American movies of this period.

Brando appears in top form in this movie. His physical presence is almost overwhelming. He displays an ease of manner, sense of irony, humor and a quiet confidence that seems somewhat avant-garde for movies of this period. His character, "Rio", is clearly an anarchist; not the traditional Western "good guy". The fact that his character -an unapologetic bank robber- is clearly morally superior to the town's beloved and trusted sheriff is a refreshing plot twist.

I believe that in its own way the movie was a kind of cinematic landmark in its intensity, sexuality, and implied (and expressed) violence. It's not perfect, but perhaps because he directed it, one is allowed some access to the real Marlon Brando; his strength, his passion, and his concern and respect for other ethnicities.


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