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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
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Maybe it's the fact it's carelessly fallen into the public domain, and
that people can only see it now on awful quality knock off DVD's, maybe
it's because it was directed by it's star Marlon Brando who had never
directed before (or since), but I really can't understand why this
movie isn't considered anything less than an out and out classic.
With the exception of only two or three I cannot stand the stoic
American westerns of the 40's and 50's and always preferred the more
anti-establishment and infinitely more stylish Italian westerns, but
man 'One Eyed Jacks' definitely sits at a fascinating place between the
I'm not sure how much of Peckinpah's script or Kubrick's ideas made it
into what was eventually Brando's film but it's definitely easy to make
an argument that their marks (be it directly through the script or just
through influencing Brando) are definitely there.
It has all the things that makes the BEST Spaghetti Westerns so great,
a story that is uncomplicated (it's just a revenge tale) but at the
same time takes no easy or obvious turns - rather than shoot his prey
straight up Brando's character makes a much more protracted and
fascinating game of his 'revenge'. And the reason for this (and this in
part where I think Kubrick's ideas may have come in) is that this is
not JUST a two dimensional story of settling scores at the end of a
gun. The relationship between Karl Malden and Marlon Brando just
bristles with possibility (again like the best Spaghetti Westerns and
UNLIKE a John Ford western) you don't know where it's going to go. They
are, more than once in the movie, allies then enemies and NEITHER of
them is stupid.
And as far as Brando's film-making ability goes, his struggle behind
the camera might be well documented now, and he has even written this
edit off as not being the film he intended, but the direction here is
not even close to amateurish. I really don't think there are many
American directors in 1960 who would hold quite so long and so
beautifully on Karl Malden as he considers betraying Brando for the
first time. I got chills on Brando's arrival up the road to Malden's
estate, and the fantastic hold on Malden's face, again long and
perfectly acted, as he watches this potential angel of death draw
closer. It is obvious in that moment that this is a meeting he has been
in a way anticipating and wondering about for many years - and never
known what it would mean. Then there's the meeting between Brando and
Malden through prison bars where, with the tables turned, Malden
declares he will hang Brando himself. Just cold stuff, taken from the
best westerns there ever was, but done with great modern style here.
I sincerely hope a proper studio DVD of this film is produced soon and
that this great western get's the recognition it deserves.
Don't be swayed by the cheap packaging, it's a wonderful film.
Especially for those who love the intellectualism of Kubrick's films
and the sheer action and cruelty of the Spaghetti Western :)
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