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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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Taglines:

NOW THE SCREEN ACHIEVES SURPASSING GREATNESS! (original ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Western

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

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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Box Office

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

Was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry in 2018, by the Library of Congress for being, "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant." 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

Louisa: You think that to kill him, will make you a man?
Rio: Well, I don't know 'bout that. But I know that I thought about him every day for five years. And that was the only thing that kept me going.
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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 »

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Soundtracks

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[Hummed by Deputy Lon (Slim Pickens) when Luisa brings food to Rio at the jail]
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Brando's directorial debut - marvelous, albeit flawed
26 November 2004 | by MovieAddict2016See all my reviews

From IMDb trivia:

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.

4.5/5


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