One eyed Jacks

United States, 1961

Film
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Charles Neider’s novel “The authentic death of Hendry Jones” is the source of this tellingly direct screenplay. It is the brooding, deliberate tale of a young man (Marlon Brando) consumed by a passion for revenge after he is betrayed by an accomplice (Karl Malden) in a bank robbery, for which crime he spends five years (1880-85) in a Mexican prison. His vengeful campaign leads him to the town of Monterey, where Malden has attained respectability and the position of sheriff, but romantic entanglements with Malden’s stepdaughter (Pina Pellicer) persuade Brando to abandon his intention until the irresistibility of circumstance and Malden’s own irrepressible will to snuff out the living evidence of his guilt draws the two men into a showdown. This film is a violent story of double-cross, suspicion and betrayal, and ranks as one of the all-time great Westerns. Watch for a special appearance by one of the movies great “cowboy” actors - Ben Johnson.

Credits

director

Marlon Brando

producer

Frank Rosenberg

production company

Pennebaker Hegedus Films

Language

English

Duration

02:17:00:00

Colour

Colour

ACMI Identifier

39194

Audience classification

G

Subject categories

Adaptations

Courtroom, Crime, Espionage & Thrillers

Courtroom, Crime, Espionage & Thrillers → Prison films

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - United States

Literature → American literature - Film and video adaptations

Westerns

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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