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Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance, Thriller | 13 October 1967 (USA)
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Bizarre tale of sex, betrayal, and perversion at a military post.

Director:

John Huston

Writers:

Chapman Mortimer (screenplay), Gladys Hill (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Elizabeth Taylor ... Leonora Penderton
Marlon Brando ... Maj. Weldon Penderton
Brian Keith ... Lt. Col. Morris Langdon
Julie Harris ... Alison Langdon
Zorro David Zorro David ... Anacleto
Gordon Mitchell ... Stables Sergeant
Irvin Dugan Irvin Dugan ... Capt. Murray Weincheck
Fay Sparks Fay Sparks ... Susie
Robert Forster ... Pvt. L.G. Williams
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ed Metzger ... Pvt. Frank Brian
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Storyline

US Army Major Weldon Penderton is stationed on a base in the American south. He and his wife Leonora Penderton are in an unsatisfying marriage. Weldon is generally a solitary man who in his time alone tries to bolster his self image as he feels less than adequate as a man and a major. He does not want to viewed like Captain Murray Weincheck, who has been bypassed for promotion time and time again solely because he is seen as being too sensitive. Self absorbed Leonora, when not focused on her passion of horses and riding, tries to maintain the facade of being what she sees an officer's wife should be while she carries on an affair with their next door neighbor, married Colonel Morris Langdon. Morris' wife, Alison Langdon, suffered a nervous breakdown three years ago after miscarrying, she still with that nervous constitution. Alison is generally drawn toward sensitive types, such as Captain Weincheck and their faithful flamboyant Filipino houseboy, Anacleto. Peripheral to the ... Written by Huggo

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In the loosest sense he is her husband. . .and in the loosest way she is his wife! See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 October 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Reflejos en tus ojos dorados See more »

Filming Locations:

Long Island, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$65,232
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In his memoirs, Marlon Brando revealed that he didn't enjoy working with John Huston during production. He wasn't particularly impressed by Huston as a director nor as a human being. See more »

Goofs

When Leonora is writing invitations to a party in her house, the amount of drink in her glass decreases between shots. See more »

Quotes

Maj. Weldon Penderton: I'm sorry, Leonora. It's just all this clutter is...
Leonora: What's the matter with clutter? I like it.
Maj. Weldon Penderton: I'd rather live without it. Bare floors. Plain white walls. No window curtains. Nothing but essentials.
Leonora: If that's the way you feel about it, why don't you resign your commission and start all over again as an enlisted man?
Maj. Weldon Penderton: Of course you're laughing at it, but there's much to be said for the life of men among men... with no... luxuries, no ornamentation. Utter simplicity. It's rough and it's coarse, ...
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Alternate Versions

Most prints currently available are that of the original theatrical version, featuring a heavy golden haze throughout that desaturated most of the color. Warner Bros. put out full Technicolor prints after initial engagements. See more »

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Referenced in American Beauty (1999) See more »

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Oh, You Beautiful Doll
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Written by Nat Ayer and A. Seymour Brown
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Huston and Brando at something near their best
6 January 2012 | by dave13-1See all my reviews

Director John Huston paints life at a Georgia army base in odd pinkish and amber tones to point up its off-color nature beneath its khaki uniformity. Reflections features Brando as a Colonel, supposedly courageous and a leader of men, who turns out to be weak, cowardly, hag- ridden, and unsure of his sexual orientation. It was one of his best, most creative and least likely performances, and shocking to audiences of the time. If anybody but Brando had played that character it would have scarred his career and maybe ended it. Just taking on the role was a brave move, but he did so much with it to bring out the man's un- Brando nature. Bold, brilliant and daring as a lead performance, he plays off wonderfully against Taylor in one of her patented bitch queen roles as an unsatisfied man-eater stifled by the regimentation of living as an army wife. The scene in which she flogs him for a weakling in front of dinner guests is shocking to watch but wonderfully evocative of the nature of their relationship roles. Taylor's infidelity and Brando's weakness become two sides of the same co-dependent coin.

Reflections was a watershed film in its day but at the same time years ahead of its day. It flopped at the box-office because the mid-60s were just not ready for it.


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