The Greeley Grindhouse presents the Marlon Brando western: ONE-EYED JACKS. Join us at Greeley Avenue Bar & Grill on Thursday, June 20th at 7:20 p.m. for cold drinks, sandwiches and burgers.
One-Eyed Jacks welcomes you to the Wild West! Rio (“The Kid”), a philanderer, his mentor Dad Longworth, and a third man named Doc; rob a bank of two saddlebags of gold in Mexico. The robbery is successful, but Mexican Rurales find them and kill Doc. Dad and Rio manage to escape, but the Rurales are not far behind them.
After Rio’s horse dies, Rio figures the Rurales will catch them so he and dad negotiate a deal, and Dad rides to the next available town to get more horses. However, upon second thought Dad takes the money and runs while Rio gets arrested and put in prison. There Rio learns of Dad’s betrayal.
Rio spends five years in prison giving him more than enough time to mull over Dad’s betrayal. He then escapes prison with a new partner Chico Modesto (Larry Duran) and starts his hunt for Dad. When he locates him, Longworth has used the money to become the sheriff of Monterey, California.
Rio’s plan to kill Dad and pull a bank robbery in Monterey with his new partners derails when he meets and falls in love with Longworth’s stepdaughter, Louisa, played by Pina Pellicer. When Dad learns the truth of their involvement, all hell breaks loose, and the real gun slinging begins.
A bit of film trivia? This film was one of the first Westerns to portray a bad guy as somebody the audience could identify with, leading to the Spaghetti westerns of Sergio Leone. Also, this is the only film Marlon Brando has ever directed.
Have a great week, and we’ll see ya there!