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One-Eyed Jacks (1961)

Not Rated | | Drama, Western | 30 March 1961 (USA)
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.

Director:

Marlon Brando

Writers:

Guy Trosper (screenplay), Calder Willingham (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marlon Brando ... Rio
Karl Malden ... Sheriff Dad Longworth
Katy Jurado ... Maria Longworth
Ben Johnson ... Bob Amory
Slim Pickens ... Deputy Lon Dedrick
Larry Duran ... Chico Modesto
Sam Gilman ... Harvey Johnson
Timothy Carey ... Howard Tetley
Miriam Colon ... Red
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Carvey (as Elisha Cook)
Rodolfo Acosta ... Mexican Rurale Captain (as Rudolph Acosta)
Tom Webb Tom Webb ... Farmer's Son
Ray Teal ... Barney
John Dierkes ... Chet
Philip Ahn ... Uncle
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Drama | Western

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

30 March 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Guns Up See more »

Filming Locations:

Bavispe, Sonora, Mexico See more »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Pennebaker Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This was Pina Pellicer's only US film appearance. See more »

Goofs

In the final shootout, Karl Malden has a six-shooter, but shoots off eight bullets; never reloading. See more »

Quotes

Bob: This is part that's goin' to tickle you; the sheriff in that town is named Dad Longworth.
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Alternate Versions

New 4K digital restoration, 2 disc,from 2016, undertaken by Universal Pictures in partnership with The Film Foundation and in consultation with filmmakers Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg, with uncompressed monaural sound & lots of new extras.soundtrack on the Blu-ray See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Good Life (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Streets of Laredo
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[Hummed by Deputy Lon (Slim Pickens) when Luisa brings food to Rio at the jail]
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Overlooked little gem
21 July 2001 | by valkilmersbrainSee 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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