One-Eyed Jacks Overview:

One-Eyed Jacks (1961) was a Western - Drama Film directed by Marlon Brando and produced by George Glass, Walter Seltzer and Frank P. Rosenberg.

Academy Awards 1961 --- Ceremony Number 34 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best CinematographyCharles Lang, Jr.Nominated
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One-Eyed Jacks (1961): Good and Evil is in the Cards

By 4 Star Film Fan on Sep 18, 2021 From 4 Star Films

One-Eyed Jacks acts as a bit of an anomaly. It was originally meant to be helmed by Stanley Kubrick. Instead, Marlon Brando himself oversaw direction — his one and only time in the director’s chair. The results are as vibrant and totally Brando as they are messy, devolving into something... Read full article


One-Eyed Jacks (1961)

By Beatrice on Jun 10, 2017 From Flickers in Time

One-Eyed Jacks Directed by Marlon Brando Written by Guy Trosper and Calder Willingham from a novel by Charles Neider 1961/USA Pennebaker Productions First viewing/Netflix rental One of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die This is an OK Western but I think I could have died without seeing it. As t... Read full article


Video of the Week: “One-Eyed Jacks”

By Marisa on Dec 2, 2015 From The Timothy Carey Experience

Our video for “Timothy In Color Week” is the full-length feature film directed by (his only effort) and starring Marlon Brando, One-Eyed Jacks (1961). Tim absconds with his scenes as Howard Tetley, town drunk, bully and lech. Several of Tim’s scenes, such as the one where he fight... Read full article


Pic of the Day: “One-Eyed Jacks” revisited

By Marisa on Jul 17, 2015 From The Timothy Carey Experience

On the heels of recent news that a restoration of One-Eyed Jacks (1961) is finally taking place, today’s pic revisits Marlon Brando‘s sole directorial effort. Howard Tetley, town drunk and boorish lout, gets lost in the craziness during fiesta time in Monterey. The discussion on the res... Read full article


Video of the Week: “One-Eyed Jacks” trailer

By Marisa on Jun 24, 2015 From The Timothy Carey Experience

This week’s video offering is another one from the archives. It’s a rather unusual trailer for Marlon Brando‘s sole directorial effort, One-Eyed Jacks (1961). It differs from most trailers in that it mixes stills with film footage, and in its length (almost 5 minutes). Naturally, ... Read full article


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Quotes from

Rio: Get up! Get up, you scum suckin' pig!


[Bob and Harvey are watching Longworth whip Rio]
Harvey: We better get down there and do something.
Bob: Do something? Not this old horse; Longworth's got enough shotguns down there to start a war. Besides, this might help get some of that snot-nose out of him.


Bob: What about Longworth?
Rio: Nothin' about him. In the mornin' I'll kill him and then we'll rob that bank.


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Facts about

The character of Rio originally was based on Billy the Kid, as recounted in Charles Neider's novel "The Authentic Death of Hendry Jones." Sam Peckinpah, who wrote an early version of the script and who later went on to direct Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid, said in a 1973 "Playboy" magazine interview that Marlon Brando would not play a villain, and Billy the Kid most definitely was a villain. Peckinpah's 1973 film shares some narrative elements with this film and it also featured "Jacks" co-stars Slim Pickens and Katy Jurado.
Marlon Brando replaced Stanley Kubrick as director.
Marlon Brando's first cut of the film was allegedly five hours long. He was reportedly unhappy with the final product, despite its box-office success. "Now, it's a good picture for them Paramount," he said upon its release, "but it's not the picture I made . . . now the characters in the film are black-and-white, not gray-and-human as I planned them."
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