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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.


John Huston


Chapman Mortimer (screenplay), Gladys Hill (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »





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


U.S. Army Major Weldon Penderton (Marlon Brando) is stationed on a base in the American south. He and his wife Leonora Penderton (Dame Elizabeth Taylor) 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 (Irvin Dugan), 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 façade of being what she sees an officer's wife should be while she carries on an affair with their next door neighbor, married Lieutenant Colonel Morris Langdon (Brian Keith). Morris' wife, Alison Langdon (Julie Harris), suffered a nervous breakdown three years ago after miscarrying her child, she is still with that nervous constitution. Alison is generally drawn toward sensitive types, ... Written by Huggo

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Most women in her situation would do the very same thing! They just wouldn't do it as well- or as often! See more »


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Did You Know?


The role of Major Penderton was physically demanding. Thus, the insurance company underwriting the production required proof that Montgomery Clift - the original choice for the role - was fit enough for the role after his years of illness. Clift's long-time friend Dame Elizabeth Taylor committed her large salary as insurance in order to secure Clift for the role. However, Clift subsequently died of a heart attack before filming began, and the role went to Marlon Brando. See more »


The cuts on Major Weldon Penderton's (Marlon Brando) face as a result of being lashed by his wife Leonora (Elizabeth Taylor) at the party, are gone in a subsequent scene that takes place at a boxing match just a short time later. See more »


[about Lt. Colonel Langdon's wife]
Leonora: Cutting off her nipples with garden shears! You call that normal?
Lt. Col. Morris Langdon: Well, the doctors say she's neurotic.
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Alternate Versions

In the version of the film released in Brazil's cinemas in the late 1960s, it was Anacleto who announced that Mrs. Alison had cut off her nipples with the garden shears. But in the later VHS version, it is Leonora who makes the remark to Lt. Col. Langdon while they are playing cards. See more »


Referenced in John Huston: The Man, the Movies, the Maverick (1988) See more »


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A sensual cat
14 March 2006 | by valadasSee all my reviews

In an army barracks where life seems to go on with apparent naturalness there takes place a human drama of lust, adultery and repressed homosexuality in which Elizabeth Taylor, that sensual cat, moves herself like a fish in a pond. She is married to a major (Marlon Brando) but has an established affair with a colonel (Brian Keith) since her husband seems not to accomplish with his marital duties, being a repressed homosexual feeling himself attracted against his will to a private soldier (Robert Forster). The colonel is married to a neurotic woman who has a filipino servant (Zorro David) who makes a curious character indeed in his devotion to his mistress. This story develops itself in a calm way interrupted here and there by only a few outbursts of emotion and violence when repressed feelings explode. It's not a masterpiece but a movie that portrays with enough truth and authenticity a lot of human actions and reactions, making it worth to be seen. I think however that Montgomery Clift who was first designed to perform the role of Major Penderton would have done it much better than Marlon Brando since he was a much more sensitive kind of actor in his performances.

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Release Date:

13 October 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Reflections in a Golden Eye See more »

Filming Locations:

Long Island, New York, USA See more »


Box Office


$4,500,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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