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In the market scene Rio barters with a market girl over the price of her necklace. He first offers her 20 pesos, which she does not accept. When he ups the ante to 30 pesos, she agrees, taking off the necklace and giving it to him. Later Rio gives the necklace to Luisa telling her that he received it from his dying mother. When he eventually confesses to Luisa that he bought the necklace from a woman in the market, he claims that he paid 25 pesos for it. See more »
[Rio has just bluffed his way out of jail with an empty pistol]
Looky here, Lon; wasn't loaded.
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Marlon Brando's first cut of the film was allegedly 5 hours long. He was reportedely unhappy with the final product, despite its box-office success. "Now, it's a good picture for them [Paramount]," he said upon its release, "but it's not the picture I made... now the characters in the film are black-and-white, not gray-and-human as I planned them."
Hand it to Brando to be dissatisfied with a film because he didn't manage to make it as long as he wanted to. Regardless of what Brando thought, this is a really fine Western and a unique one, too - it seems fresh and "new," like a Cool Man's West or something. Having Brando (when he was still looking fairly trim) in the lead role certainly gives it a certain glamor and the story itself - and execution - is great.
Overall I wish Brando had made another film after this but to the best of my knowledge this is really the only true film he ever made. If he was just trying to prove he could direct, he did - even if the film has its flaws, it's far from bad. In fact, it's very, very good - and extremely entertaining.
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