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(1961, d. Marlon Brando)





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Restoration Credits

Restored by Universal Pictures in collaboration with The Film Foundation. Special thanks to Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg for their consultation on this restoration.


At the peak of his popularity in 1961, Marlon Brando directed his first and only film, ONE–EYED JACKS. Adapted from the novel by Charles Neider, this revenge–fueled Western features strong performances, complex characters and breathtaking visuals.

After robbing a bank in Mexico, bandits Rio (Brando) and Dad Longworth (Karl Malden) go on the run, chased by the Federales. A coin toss decides Longworth will go to get fresh horses for their escape, but he decides instead to take off, leaving Rio behind to be arrested. Years later, Rio escapes from prison and learns that Longworth is now the sheriff of a town in Northern California. Rio sets out seeking vengeance, but things get complicated when he falls in love with Louisa (Pina Pellicer), Longworth’s beautiful stepdaughter.

Running time: 141 minutes

Restoration Details

ONE–EYED JACKS was restored using the original 35mm 8–perf VistaVision negative, scanned at 6K on a Northlight scanner, along with the separation masters. Digital restoration was completed at 4K resolution. As the negative exhibited some color fading, the Y–layer separation master was used to replace the blue color record. To replace some dupe sections cut into the negative, the scans of all three separation masters were used. Several vintage dye–transfer prints were screened for color reference.

The audio restoration was completed from the original mag master, with clicks, pops, and other noise removed and the tracks equalized. Picture and audio restoration was completed at NBCUniversal StudioPost with additional work at Prasad Group and MTI Film.

Martin Scorsese on Film Preservation

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About The Film Foundation Restoration Screening Room

The Film Foundation (TFF), in partnership with DelphiQuest and Oracle Corporation, has created a virtual space to showcase its preservation/restoration program. Films restored with TFF support will be made available on the second Monday of each month, free of charge, for audiences to discover. The programming will feature a diverse range of restorations, from classics to avant-garde, independent, documentary and short films, from every era, genre, and region of the world. The monthly screenings will be presented through the DelphiQuest platform, available through your web browser, and will be accompanied by supplemental materials that focus on the restoration process and celebrate the collaborative nature of film preservation by highlighting the work of the foundation’s archive and studio partners. The Film Foundation Restoration Screening Room is supported by Oracle Corporation, which provides cloud storage and infrastructure capabilities. Learn more about the work of The Film Foundation.