USA Today - 12/02/1994
"...With Brando giving his most Elvis-like performance....[And] Charles Lang Jr.'s gorgeous Big Sur photography..."
Uncut - 12/01/2003
"[Brando] displays a gift with character actors and gives Ford regular Ben Johnson one of the meatiest roles of his career..."
Entertainment Weekly - 07/16/2004
"Brando proves to be one of his own best directors..."
This 1961 Western is Marlon Brando's only directorial effort. It's the Old West of 1880, and Brando stars as Kid Rio, who along with his partner, Dad Longworth (Karl Malden) are bank robbers who are caught holding up a Mexican bank. Longworth gets away and allows his partner to get caught and go to jail. When Rio is released five years later, he goes out to seek revenge; however, he is surprised to find his partner is married with a stepdaughter and sheriff of a town. Complications set in when Rio himself falls in love with the stepdaughter.
Stanley Kubrick was originally set to direct this revenge western about an outlaw who seeks vengeance on a sheriff who once was his close friend; instead, star Marlon Brando took it over -- and it remains the only film he ever helmed.
Filmed in VistaVision and Technicolor in Monterey, California and Mexico.
Co-produced by High Desert Films.
Feature film debut for actress Pina Pellicer.
Director Sam Peckinpah wrote the first draft of the screenplay, but was replaced by Stanley Kubrick, the film's original director. Then Kubrick eventually quit over artistic differences and was replaced by the film's star, Marlon Brando.
Budget was reported to be between $5-6 million.
Additional cast: Sam Gilman (Harvey), Hank Worden (Doc), Margarita Cordova (Flamenco Dancer), Nina Martinez (Margarita), Glen Harvey, and William Forrest.
Additional credits: Richard Mueller (Technicolor consultant), Carlo Fiore (assistant to producer).