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One-Eyed Jacks (1961)




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In this western, bandit Marlon Brando is betrayed by his partner Karl Malden. Released from prison, Brando learns that Malden has become a wealthy and influential lawman. Brando thirsts for revenge but bides his time, waiting for the right moment to strike.

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Karl Malden
as Sheriff Dad Longworth
Katy Jurado
as Maria Longworth
Ben Johnson
as Bob Amory
Sam Gilman
as Harvey
Larry Duran
as Modesto
Timothy Carey
as Howard Tetley
Miriam Colon
as Redhead
Elisha Cook Jr.
as Bank Teller
Rodolfo Acosta
as Rurales Officer
Rodopho (Rudy) Acosta
as Rurales Officer
Ray Teal
as Bartender
John Dierkes
as Barber/Photographer
Margarita Cordova
as Nika Flamenco Dancer
Nina Martinez
as Margarita Castilian Girl
Shichizo Takeda
as Owner of Cantina
Henry Wills
as Posseman
Mickey Finn
as Blacksmith
Fenton Jones
as Squaredance Caller
Joe Dominguez
as Corral Keeper
Margarita Martin
as Mexican Vendor
John Michael Quijada
as Rurales Sergeant
Francy Scott
as Cantina Girl
Felipe Turich
as Card Sharp
Nesdon Booth
as Townsman
Nacho Galindo
as Mexican Townsman
Jorge Moreno
as Bouncer in Shack
Joan Petrone
as Flower Girl
Tommy Webb
as Farmer's Son
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Critic Reviews for One-Eyed Jacks

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (2)

The satisfactions of One Eyed Jacks lie in watching an artist of this calibre at work, the display of that quintessential actor's egotism which admits of no limits to what the player, merely through his presence, can communicate.

February 11, 2020 | Full Review…

A strange, tumid, engrossing western ...

October 13, 2016 | Full Review…

[It's] either an enormously ambitious but uneven work at worst, or one of the greatest Westerns ever filmed, as well as one of the most fascinating one-and-done directorial efforts in Hollywood history.

March 31, 2021 | Full Review…

Brando brings Method moodiness to the standard Western protagonist.

January 20, 2021 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

One-Eyed Jacks has some very handsome photography and some competent performances, but it isn't even a very good Western.

July 30, 2019 | Full Review…

Lumbering and bloated, often compelling, always gorgeous, and at times astonishingly bizarre.

July 26, 2014 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for One-Eyed Jacks

Marlon Brando and Karl Malden are buddies who become enemies in this great revisionist Western that's set along the California coast, with revenge as one of the big themes. One of the interesting things is how it's approach is not hot, but cool and reserved. A unique evenings entertainment, refreshingly w/o the racist leanings of much in this genre. I wish Brando would've directed more.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Overlong western, by about an hour, but not without interest. Katy Jurado gives the film's best performance.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Who's supposed to be the good guy here? Marlon Brando directs (his one lone directing credit) and stars in this mexican-american western. As the movie opens, Rio (Brando) and Dad (Karl Malden), a pair of bandits, are cornered up on a hill by Rurales. Dad sneaks off to get fresh horses, but winds up abandoning Rio to the law, and he does 5 years of hard time in a Sonora prison. When Rio next catches up with Dad, Monterey, California, and Dad is living the fat life as the elected sheriff with a new wife and adopted daughter. Even though Dad has moved on and Rio has not, neither man is willing to forgive and forget the past. For Dad, it's fear and guilt that fuel his hatred of Rio; for Rio, while it's true he has a strong desire for justice, there is perhaps a certain amount of jealousy and resentment that people around him change while he stays the same. While Rio is obviously a tough guy and a expert gunslinger, he's rendered ineffectual for most of the movie by the powers that be. There is an air of authenticity to One-Eyed Jacks, from Bob Amory's greasy face (Ben Johnson did an excellent job here as one of the few characters who was actually true to himself) to colloquialisms that sounded genuine in the old west setting. From Karl Malden and Ben Johnson, to Larry Duran (Rio's mexican partner) and Pina Pellicer (Rio's love interest, Louisa- an enchantingly unique beauty whose life was cut short in real life by depression and suicide), Brando the actor steps aside as Brando the director fleshes out these characters and gives his actors a chance to shine. It's all brought together with great story-telling. There are some truly great westerns that have been made throughout the last century, the lesser known One-Eyed Jacks deserves to be counted among the best.

Devon Bott
Devon Bott

Super Reviewer

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