Marlon Brando: The Early Years

20/11/2006
  |  Buy to Own: 20/11/2006
  |  544 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC

Synopsis

Five lesser known performances by the legendary Brando. In the historical drama 'Burn' (1969), Sir William Walker (Brando) is a 19th-century English mercenary and agent provocateur sent to a Caribbean island run by the Portuguese, and manages by Machiavellian manipulations to engineer a slave revolt that gives the British what they want: power and money. 'The Formula' (1980) is a political thriller directed by John G. Avildsen. Detective Barney Caine (George C. Scott) uncovers a formula that was devised by the Nazis in WWII to make gasoline from synthetic products, thereby eliminating the necessity for oil - and oil companies. When a major oil company finds out about the formula, it sets out on a mission to destroy it - and anyone who knows about it. In the black comedy 'Bedtime Story' (1963) Brando stars alongside David Niven and Shirley Jones. The action takes place in a quiet but rich part of Southern France where Lawrence Jameson also know as 'The Prince' (Niven) has been conning countless women out of their fortunes for years until the arrival of Freddy Benson (Brando), who has been working 'cheap cons' since he left the army. As Benson and Jameson clash, it is agreed that one of them must leave. To decide who, they arrange a wager to see who can win the next woman they see and extract $25,000 from her the quickest. In 'The Men' (1950), Brando plays a paralysed war veteran who returns home for rehabilitation, only to discover that he will never walk again. Bitter and hostile, he refuses to see his fiancee (Teresa Wright), who struggles to help him come to terms with his condition. Brando directs and stars in 'One Eyed Jacks' (1961), a western tale of betrayal and revenge. Brando plays Johnny Rio, a man betrayed by his best friend and sentenced to serve five years in prison. On his release he seeks out his nemesis (now Sheriff of Monterey) and seduces his step-daughter, leading the Sheriff to throw him back into prison. His ire now stoked even more, Johnny seeks out his enemy for the final showdown.