One-Eyed Jacks (1961)
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as Sheriff Dad Longworth
as Maria Longworth
as Bob Amory
as Howard Tetley
as Bank Teller
as Rurales Officer
as Rurales Officer
as Nika Flamenco Dancer
as Margarita Castilian Girl
as Owner of Cantina
as Squaredance Caller
as Corral Keeper
as Mexican Vendor
as Rurales Sergeant
as Cantina Girl
as Card Sharp
as Mexican Townsman
as Bouncer in Shack
as Flower Girl
as Farmer's Son
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Critic Reviews for One-Eyed Jacks
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.
[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.
Brando brings Method moodiness to the standard Western protagonist.
One-Eyed Jacks has some very handsome photography and some competent performances, but it isn't even a very good Western.
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.
Overlong western, by about an hour, but not without interest. Katy Jurado gives the film's best performance.
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.
One-Eyed Jacks Quotes
|Kid Rio:||You're a one eyed jack around here Dad|
|Kid Rio:||You're a one eyed jack around here Dad.|
|Kid Rio:||Get up you scum sucking pig! I want you standing when I open you up.|
|Kid Rio:||Get up, ya big tub o' guts!|
|Bob Emory:||They're enough scattergun down to start war, besides it might do him some good to get rid of some of that snotnose!|