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Vergelding (1961)

One-Eyed Jacks (original title)
After robbing a Mexican bank, Dad Longworth takes the loot and leaves his partner Rio to be captured but Rio escapes and searches for Dad in California.

Director:

Marlon Brando

Writers:

Guy Trosper (screenplay), Calder Willingham (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marlon Brando ... Rio
Karl Malden ... Sheriff Dad Longworth
Katy Jurado ... Maria Longworth
Ben Johnson ... Bob Amory
Slim Pickens ... Deputy Lon Dedrick
Larry Duran ... Chico Modesto
Sam Gilman ... Harvey Johnson
Timothy Carey ... Howard Tetley
Miriam Colon ... Red
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Carvey (as Elisha Cook)
Rodolfo Acosta ... Mexican Rurale Captain (as Rudolph Acosta)
Tom Webb Tom Webb ... Farmer's Son
Ray Teal ... Barney
John Dierkes ... Chet
Philip Ahn ... Uncle
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Storyline

Running from the law after a bank robbery in Mexico, Dad Longworth finds an opportunity to take the stolen gold and leave his partner Rio to be captured. Years later, Rio escapes from the prison where he has been since, and hunts down Dad for revenge. Dad is now a respectable sheriff in California, and has been living in fear of Rio's return. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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The motion picture that starts its own tradition of greatness. See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

12 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

24 November 1961 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Vergelding See more »

Filming Locations:

Bavispe, Sonora, Mexico See more »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Pennebaker Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Stanley Kubrick, who originally was slated to direct the film, wanted Spencer Tracy to play Sheriff Dad Longworth. Marlon Brando, whose production company already had Karl Malden on salary, refused to replace him with Tracy. See more »

Goofs

The glass tankards that the party-goers drink from in the fiesta (c.56 minutes) are of a design first produced around the 1920s. See more »

Quotes

Rio: I don't know, Dad. You may not want me around too long. You may be retired from robbin' banks, Dad; but I'm still in business.
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New 4K digital restoration, 2 disc,from 2016, undertaken by Universal Pictures in partnership with The Film Foundation and in consultation with filmmakers Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg, with uncompressed monaural sound & lots of new extras.soundtrack on the Blu-ray See more »

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GREAT western (surprisingly)
13 February 2008 | by Javier72See all my reviews

Maybe it's the fact it's carelessly fallen into the public domain, and that people can only see it now on awful quality knock off DVD's, maybe it's because it was directed by it's star Marlon Brando who had never directed before (or since), but I really can't understand why this movie isn't considered anything less than an out and out classic.

With the exception of only two or three I cannot stand the stoic American westerns of the 40's and 50's and always preferred the more anti-establishment and infinitely more stylish Italian westerns, but man 'One Eyed Jacks' definitely sits at a fascinating place between the two.

I'm not sure how much of Peckinpah's script or Kubrick's ideas made it into what was eventually Brando's film but it's definitely easy to make an argument that their marks (be it directly through the script or just through influencing Brando) are definitely there.

It has all the things that makes the BEST Spaghetti Westerns so great, a story that is uncomplicated (it's just a revenge tale) but at the same time takes no easy or obvious turns - rather than shoot his prey straight up Brando's character makes a much more protracted and fascinating game of his 'revenge'. And the reason for this (and this in part where I think Kubrick's ideas may have come in) is that this is not JUST a two dimensional story of settling scores at the end of a gun. The relationship between Karl Malden and Marlon Brando just bristles with possibility (again like the best Spaghetti Westerns and UNLIKE a John Ford western) you don't know where it's going to go. They are, more than once in the movie, allies then enemies and NEITHER of them is stupid.

And as far as Brando's film-making ability goes, his struggle behind the camera might be well documented now, and he has even written this edit off as not being the film he intended, but the direction here is not even close to amateurish. I really don't think there are many American directors in 1960 who would hold quite so long and so beautifully on Karl Malden as he considers betraying Brando for the first time. I got chills on Brando's arrival up the road to Malden's estate, and the fantastic hold on Malden's face, again long and perfectly acted, as he watches this potential angel of death draw closer. It is obvious in that moment that this is a meeting he has been in a way anticipating and wondering about for many years - and never known what it would mean. Then there's the meeting between Brando and Malden through prison bars where, with the tables turned, Malden declares he will hang Brando himself. Just cold stuff, taken from the best westerns there ever was, but done with great modern style here.

I sincerely hope a proper studio DVD of this film is produced soon and that this great western get's the recognition it deserves.

Don't be swayed by the cheap packaging, it's a wonderful film. Especially for those who love the intellectualism of Kubrick's films and the sheer action and cruelty of the Spaghetti Western :)


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