Behind The Scenes: Marlon Brando Directing The Western ONE-EYED JACKS

The mighty Marlon Brando starred-in and directed the 1961 western One-Eyed Jacks. The film is an uneven piece for sure, but you can’t deny Brando’s screen presence in this tale of revenge. The plot sees Brando’s rugged Rio seeking payback on his former bank-robbing partner (Karl Malden) who left him for dead five years earlier.

A touch over-long and convoluted, One-Eyed Jacks bucks western conventions and plays out a little differently than you would expect. It’s not a classic, but it’s worth watching to see one of the all-time great actors handle the reins as director. Sadly, this was the only film that Brando directed. 

The Technicolor film was the last Paramount Picture to be released in VistaVision and cinematographer Charles Lang was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Cinematography, Color for his work on the film. 

Budgeted at $6 million, One-Eyed Jacks grossed $4.3 million at the US box office.