What happens when “the world’s greatest actor” directs a cowboy movie?
More than three years from contracts to premiere. Six months of shooting. A thousand takes. Almost 200 miles of Technicolor film exposed. A revolving door of personnel, including Rod Serling, Sam Peckinpah and Stanley Kubrick — who’d all be gone before the first frame was shot. And a budget that ballooned from $1.8 million to $6 million.
“If you wrote a book about what’s been happening on this movie
you could make $1,000,000.” — Marlon Brando
A Million Feet Of Film is the story of One-Eyed Jacks (1961), Marlon Brando’s first, and only, time as a director and a picture that may be better known for its troubled production than its merits as a film.
“If we’d made it the way Marlon wanted it made…
it could have been a breakthrough Western.” — Karl Malden
It’s also the story of the picture’s influence on the Westerns and filmmakers that came after it.
“One-Eyed Jacks is one of my favorite films of all time.” — Terry Gilliam
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