One-eyed Jacks

One-eyed Jacks

Streaming Video - 1961
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Two men carry out a bank robbery in Mexico. Dad takes the gold and lets Rio be captured. Rio, however, escapes years later and comes after him with revenge and gold on his mind.
Publisher: [United States] : Film Chest Media Group : Made available through hoopla, 1961
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 141 min.)) : sd., col


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Oct 07, 2017

One of the best westerns with it's unique coastal settings and brooding naturalistic acting. Amazing to think that the studio cut a huge chunk of "One Eyed Jacks" as the story holds together very well. Brando as a first time director shows great restraint and economy in his shot making and this allows the acting to come to the forefront, consequently there are excellent performances given by the entire cast.

Jun 21, 2017

The extras on this Criterion edition are amazing. Tells the whole story of the Kubrick/Peckinpah involvement in the film. Brandon did a fine job with this vastly underrated Western. It's a heavily fictionalized version of Billy the Kid. It was so nice to see it remastered. It's a huge treat to see it like this.

Chaos1214 May 23, 2017

Marlon Brando’s sole director’s credit (after Stanley Kubrick left the production due to conflicts with the temperamental star) is, for lack of a better description, a flawed masterpiece. Brando plays Rio, a rakish, womanizing outlaw on the hunt for a former cohort (a ferocious Karl Malden) who double-crossed him into a Mexican prison five years earlier. When he comes to discover that his one-time partner in crime is now the stern sheriff of a California border town, he conceives a complex strategy of revenge, and allies himself with a motley crew of bandits to put the plan into effect… From there things get complicated. Brando was at the absolute apex of his star power when this avant-garde western was made, and it has become something of a cult classic in the decades that have followed. “One-Eyed Jacks” is as compelling as it is unconventional. You may not completely understand it, but I’m fairly sure you’ll never forget it.

Apr 11, 2017

I was pleasantly surprised by this movie. I had seen it a long time ago and forgotten about it until I saw it in the library. It is not sappy or overacted. I think it was well done. It made you cheer for the bad guy, because you sense he wants to do good, even though afterwards you realise that perhaps you were wrong to do so. There are many layers to this film and the persons involved that makes me want to watch it again. The characters are not one sided, they have good and bad traits which makes them all the more human.

Feb 21, 2017

This is one of the best Brando films and now it has been released by the Criterion Collection in a two-disc set. The supplementary disc tells the story of the genesis of the film. Over several years, Brando's film company picked up novel after novel thinking that each would make a good story. When filming started, Brando was left to direct, so he filmed a four hour epic, but the studios forced him to cut out the whole section in the middle where Rio suffered 5 years in a crap-hole prison. The 140 minutes left makes a really, really good film. Not as good as "A streetcar Named Desire" or "On the Waterfront," but this is still one of Brando's best.

Dec 28, 2016

This copy is a horrible transfer try the newly releasedesigned criterion version lots bettr

Jul 19, 2014

Marlon Brando's sole directorial credit.

Aug 18, 2012

A dynamite, double-crossing delight. The only Western I'm aware of with an oceanfront setting, headlining and directed by Brando (his first and last time wearing that hat). Stanley Kubrick was slated to direct the film originally, and Sam Peckinpah was to write the script. Kubrick fired 'Peck', and he couldn't deal with Brando either, so, consequently, Brando took over. He replaced Spencer Tracy (Kubrick's choice) with his buddy, "The Schnozz" Malden for 'Dad Longworth'. He had a fling with delicate co-star Pina Pellicer (who sadly and inexplicably committed suicide not long after in '64). Apparently, he used six times the film normally used for a movie. The final result was approximately double the almost 2½ hours that the studio effectively boiled it down to. This p*ssed him off to no end, and he never directed again. Prima donna or not, I am a huge fan of Brando's work, and the benchmark that he deservingly holds in cinematic history. Outstanding flick. FIVE STARS.


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Aug 18, 2012

Rio (to Howard Tetley, whom he's just beaten the tar out of): "Get up, you big tub of guts!"

Aug 18, 2012

Rio (to Bob Amory, who just called Louisa a "little jumpin' bean"): "Get up! Get up, you scum suckin' pig!"

Aug 18, 2012

Rio (to Longworth): "You may be a one eyed jack around here, but I've seen the other side of your face."

Aug 18, 2012

Deputy Lon Dedrick (to Rio): "You ain't gettin' no older than tomorrow."


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