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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 overview, first billed only:
Sheriff Dad Longworth
Maria Longworth
Bob Amory
Deputy Lon Dedrick
Larry Duran ...
Chico Modesto
Sam Gilman ...
Harvey Johnson
Howard Tetley
Carvey (as Elisha Cook)
Mexican Rurale Captain (as Rudolph Acosta)
Tom Webb ...
Farmer's Son
John Dierkes ...
Philip Ahn ...


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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The motion picture that starts its own tradition of greatness. See more »




Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 July 1961 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Guns Up  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Despite playing Pina Pellicer's mother, Katy Jurado was only ten years older than her. See more »


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 »


Rio: Get up! Get up, you scum suckin' pig!
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Referenced in ¡Three Amigos! (1986) See more »


Streets of Laredo
[Hummed by Deputy Lon when Luisa brings food to Rio at the jail]
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Overlooked little gem
21 July 2001 | by (CA) – See all my reviews

I found this film quite remarkable on many levels. For one, it was the debut for Brando as director (and his only film direction since). Reportedly, it was taken after Kubrick left due to altercations. Well, this time, Brando has one foot in front of the camera, as well as one behind it. He does a great, solid job. In fact, this film never looked awkward or misguided -- it felt like an intelligent western helmed by an Anthony Mann or Raoul Walsh. To further boost the professional polish of the film, there is cinematographer Charles Lang (Magnificent Seven, How the West Was Won).

Within this polished piece of work, the muscle of the film is found in the wonderful character study. Here, the characters, like in many great stories, are complex, dark, tempermental. Although the film is about the hero's(or anti-hero's) thirst for revenge on a man who done him wrong, there's a romance in the film that is truly tender and fateful.

The magnet in this film would have to be Brando. (Karl Malden is great too). Brando's understated performance is of the subtle type, using his famous darting eyes to penetrate the characters and the viewer. He's one of my favorite all-time actors.

As with all great films, One-Eyed Jacks is a quiet masterpiece, displaying what every good film needs: great script, powerful acting, layered characterization, and be technically-sound.

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