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One-Eyed Jacks Details


Western bandit Kid Rio (Marlon Brando) is betrayed by his partner, Dad Longworth (Karl Malden). Escaping from prison, Rio learns that Longworth has become a wealthy and influential lawman. Rio thirsts for revenge, but bides his time, waiting for the right moment to strike. In the meantime, Rio spitefully seduces Longworth's adopted daughter, Louisa (Pina Pellicer). After killing a man in self-defense, Rio is publicly whipped by the powerful Longworth. When Rio's old gang accidentally kills a child during another holdup, Longworth has the perfect excuse to eliminate the troublesome Rio once and for all by hanging him. But that's not what happens at all. Stripped to its fundamentals, One-Eyed Jacks is a workable Western, worthy of perhaps 90 minutes' running time. But when Marlon Brando succeeded Stanley Kubrick in the director's chair, he allowed the film's 60-day shooting schedule to stretch into six months, and delivered a finished product running in excess of four hours. The current 141-minute version of One-Eyed Jacks isn't as ponderous as some critics have claimed, but it's still too much of a good thing. While Brando the director isn't precisely in the Kubrick class, Brando the actor delivers one of his finest and most focused performances (though he is upstaged throughout by Karl Malden). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:March 30, 1961


Awarded by
Directors Guild of America Marlon Brando Best Director 1961 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Charles B. Lang Best Color Cinematography 1961 Nominee


Marlon Brando
as Kid Rio
Karl Malden
as Dad Longworth
Pina Pellicer
as Louisa
Katy Jurado
as Maria
Ben Johnson
as Bob Emory
Slim Pickens
as Lon
Larry Duran
as Modesto
Sam Gilman
as Harvey Johnson
Timothy Carey
as Howard Tetley
Miriam Colon
as Redhead
Elisha Cook, Jr.
as Bank Teller
Ray Teal
as Bartender
John Dierkes
as Barber
Margarita Cordova
as Nika Flamenco Dancer
Hank Worden
as Doc
Nesdon Booth
as Townsman
Joe Dominguez
as Corral Keeper
Fenton Jones
as Squaredance Caller
Margarita Martin
as Mexican Vendor
Philip Ahn
as Uncle
Felipe Turich
as Card Sharp
Nacho Galindo
as Mexican Townsman
Clem Harvey
as Tim
William Forrest
as Banker
Henry Wills
as Posseman


Marlon Brando
Calder Willingham
Charles Neider
Book Author
Charles B. Lang
Hugo W. Friedhofer
Composer (Music Score)
Archie Marshek
Hal Pereira
Art Director
Walter Seltzer
Executive Producer
George Glass
Executive Producer
Robert R. Benton
Set Designer
Sam Comer
Set Designer
Yvonne Wood
Costume Designer
John P. Fulton
Special Effects
Farciot Edouart
Special Effects
Rodd Redwing
Rosita Moreno
Josephine Earl
Wally Westmore
Philip Rhodes