The first and only film directed by Marlon Brando is a captivatingly off-beat, slow-burn revenge western of great beauty and vision.
Dir Marlon Brando
Prod Georges Glass, Frank P. Rosenberg, Walter Seltzer
Scr Guy Trosper, Calder Willingham
With Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Ben Johnson
Prod Co Universal Pictures
The first and only film directed by Marlon Brando is a captivatingly off-beat, slow-burn revenge western that stands as a key staging post on the genre’s frontier between the Freudian, ‘psychological’ dramas of the 1950s and the elegiac, revisionist visions to come. Brando plays Rio, an outlaw who vows revenge on his former partner ‘Dad’ Longworth (Karl Malden) after the latter took off with the gold and left him to the law following a bank robbery. Released after five years in a Mexican prison, Rio comes back to haunt his former partner, now reformed and an upstanding sheriff in a town along the rugged coastline of Monterey, California. For years only viewable on poor-quality public-domain DVD, this new 4K restoration reveals Brando’s brooding and often breathtakingly photographed film as a magnificent achievement of real power and vision.
Restored by Universal Studios in collaboration with The Film Foundation. Special thanks to Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg for their consultation on this restoration.