One-Eyed Jacks (1961)


“You may be a one eyed jack around here, but I’ve seen the other side of your face.” – Rio

Number of Times Seen – 1 (9 Aug 2018)

Brief Synopsis – After being pursued by a posse following a bank robbery two bandits must split up with one leaving the other for dead.  He still survives and plots his vengeance against hos former partner.

My Take on it – This is a film that I’ve been interested in seeing for quite a while since both Marlon Brando and Karl Malden are great actors and I was curious to see them in a Western together.

I knew absolutely nothing about this before seeing it and found the overall premise to e quite interesting.

The fact that this film drags on for too long is a problem and the pacing isn’t planned very well at all and there are too many scenes that are slightly boring instead of intriguing.

This is the kind of story that conceivably can be told very suspense-fully yet first time director Brando just doesn’t manage to do it properly.

The story does manage to show the way someone could plan a revenge for so long and how it blinds him in seeing anything else but vengeance the whole time.

They do it in an intriguing way even if it could have been edited much better in order to keep things moving more enjoyably.

Bottom Line – Interesting idea that drags on too much. Malden and Brando are both quite good here, but the way that the story is paced just doesn’t work.  It’s possible to tell such a story in a more suspenseful way and keep things taut the whole time, but Brando (who also directed) didn’t choose to do so. The way that the story shows how a revenge plot could stew inside someone for so long and blind him from everything else is intriguing tho even if this could have been edited much better.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Marlon Brando’s inexperience behind the camera was obvious on set. He shot six times the amount of footage normally used for a film at the time. He was indecisive and ran extremely overlong in getting the film finished. Paramount eventually took the film away from him and recut it. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)

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