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Movie : One-Eyed Jacks

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We open with three guys robbing a bank in Mexico.  They have a quick relax before the Mexican law catches up with them.  One of the bandits is killed with the other two high tailing it as fast as they can.  With one of the horses worn out they agree that one of them should go get fresh mounts while the other holds off the law.  Dad goes and Rio stays.  Dad has a change of heart about going back for Rio.  He decides to keep the bank money and save his own skin.  Rio is captured and spends five years in a Mexican prison before he escapes.

Rio’s got one thing on his mind.  Kill Dad Longworth.  He catches up with Dad in Monterrey where Longworth is now the sheriff and leading a respectable life.  Along with his personal revenge, Rio and his new partners in crime plan to rob the bank in Monterrey at the same time.  Things play out in this setting where at first the two old partners do some friendly reminiscing about their old wild ways and then the mood changes with Dad whipping Rio in public and chasing him out of town.  The rest of the gang waits for Rio to heal his wounds and then they will go back and take care of business.

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This film captured CB’s interest for so many reasons.  It had the basic revenge story but with lots on the side.  Marlon Brando directs and stars in the film.  He surrounded himself with with a lot of real good help.  Charles Lang on the camera captures some beautiful shots.  Filming on the coast, near the ocean, in CB’s opinion was a great choice and different for a duster.  It’s beautiful. Casting didn’t hurt Brando either.  Karl Malden, Ben Johnson , Katy Jurado, Slim Pickens, Timothy Carey and the rest of the support do a great job.  Lots of great dialogue.  In one scene Ben Johnson’s character complains about being stuck at the beach and what a “manure pile” it is (Ben you should have bought some real estate while you where there you dumb shit.  It was Monterrey).  Memorable scenes.  Brando and Carey in the bar is a CB favorite.

Brando gives a great performance while making a really good film.  Not your typical western but when Marlon’s involved you know you’re going to get a few curves.  CB really liked this film.  It pulled him in for the ride.

 

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24 comments on “Movie : One-Eyed Jacks

  1. hotfox63
    September 3, 2017

    “One-Eyed Jacks” is a western masterpiece and one of the underrated films with Marlon Brando, who is doing a great job behind and in front of the camera. A story of how friends become enemies, about loyalty, friendship and revenge. I’ll watch the movie again, it is definitely worth it!

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  2. Jim S.
    September 3, 2017

    I’d never heard much in the way of laudatory reviews for this film. However, I do dig Brando and that cast. I’ll check it out. CB, on another note, on one of your posts we were talking about ‘Fitzcarraldo’ and ‘Burden of Dreams.’ Turns out there’s a Herzog festival on Turner Classic Movies this Thursday, Sept. 7. (You can find their schedule online.) There’s even something the next day called ‘Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe’ which is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      September 3, 2017

      If your a Brando guy. ‘Jacks’ will scratch the itch. I seen that TCM thing and was going to give you the heads up. You re one plugged in guy. I will be tuned in for sure. ‘Werner Eats His Shoe’? Cant’t miss that sizzler.

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      • Jim S.
        September 3, 2017

        Here’s something I read about it. “He did not eat the sole of the shoe, however, explaining that one does not eat the bones of the chicken.” Sound advice.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        September 3, 2017

        That is good to know. I might tie into a shoe for dinner,

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  3. Yeah, Another Blogger
    September 3, 2017

    Hi CB
    Did you see the doc about Marlon that came out a few years ago? It’s called Listen To Me Marlon. It’s strange and very good.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      September 3, 2017

      No I haven’t. It’s on the radar. “Strange and good’ is kinda the Brando way. Always interesting.

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      • Jim S.
        September 3, 2017

        Yeah another blogger is right. I saw this on the tube not too long ago. Apparently Brando recorded a sort of diary of his life as he went along. The whole film is him talking. Doesn’t sound like it would be interesting but it is.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        September 3, 2017

        I’ve heard you give this a recommendation before. I guess it’s time.

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      • Jim S.
        September 3, 2017

        If you’re a Brando guy you will dig it.

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  4. catchgroove
    September 6, 2017

    I wish there was the equivalent of Spotify for movies and I would be watching this now.

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    • Jim S.
      September 6, 2017

      Hmm… Maybe there’s a free online video service you could search and see if just maybe it’s online there.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        September 6, 2017

        It’s really hard to find old rare films. I’ve tracked a few but most I have or good ole TCM. ie the Herzog movies coming up. Netflix up here just does current popular or old popular. Sprinkle in a few that CB would watch but not many.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      September 6, 2017

      Sometimes you can fluke out on youtube. I have a DVD copy. Hell of a lot of good that does you.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      September 6, 2017

      Here’s one for you and Jim. Timothy Carey who gets punched out by Brando in one of my fave scenes in ‘Jacks’ made a movie in the 60’s called the Worlds Greatest Sinner. I guess you’d call it a cult classic. Off the wall. Zappa did the music for it. Carey is a certified nut bar but I’m a fan of his work. He pops up in all sorts of films and is always memorable. TCM carries the film once in a blue moon. Greenpete58 and I had a discussion on it. I would call the film a definite “curiosity”

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      • catchgroove
        September 6, 2017

        Well the soundtrack is on Spotify- I will check that out.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        September 6, 2017

        You have to be kidding. Other than hearing the music in the movie I have never even searched it out. It has to be some of Franks first stuff. I’m listening to it right now. I’m still getting used to Spotify. Their stock just went up in my opinion. Sounds like they are doing it like an old radio play. Playing the sound from the movie. Imagine tuning into that late at night. Just my style.

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  5. hotfox63
    August 20, 2018

    Good cowboy movie, he rides off into the sun, leaving a pregnant girlfriend…

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      August 20, 2018

      I forgot that part. I wish Brando would have made a few more as a director. He had some interesting ideas and choices.

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