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Old 09-03-2019, 06:51 PM
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Favorite Movies w/ Marlon Brando?


It doesn't have to be his best performance, but movies you loved he was in.

-On The Waterfront
-Last Tango In Paris
-The Godfather
-A Streetcar Named Desire
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Old 09-03-2019, 07:15 PM
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Superman. Seriously. Watch Donner's director's cut of both Superman and Superman II, the way he originally intended. The scenes in the Fortress after Superman gives up his powers and discovers Zod's atrocities really resonates emotionally with Brando's Jor-El speaking with Kal.

I don't suppose I have to spoiler it, but I will.

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Jor-El's manifestation reaches out and touches Kal on the shoulder and restores his powers.
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Old 09-03-2019, 07:19 PM
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It doesn't have to be his best performance, but movies you loved he was in.

-On The Waterfront
-Last Tango In Paris
-The Godfather
-A Streetcar Named Desire
I guess I’m not much of a Marlon Brando fan. I’ve seen all four of these, and they wouldn’t come within a mile of my Favorite Movie list.

I did enjoy his perfs in Superman and Apocalypse Now, but those aren’t Favorite Movies, either.
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Old 09-03-2019, 07:45 PM
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I liked him in one eyed jacks I know of him then actually seen a lot of his films.
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Old 09-03-2019, 07:57 PM
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The Freshman, with Matthew Broderick and Bruno Kirby. A rare comedic performance for Brando.
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Old 09-03-2019, 08:02 PM
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I kinda liked, "Mutiny on the Bounty," but otherwise: PASS!
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Old 09-03-2019, 08:39 PM
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The one I think I like best is Don Juan Demarco, though it was a secondary part.

I also liked The Godfather, On the Waterfront, Guys and Dolls, Apocalypse Now, Superman, and The Freshman
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Old 09-03-2019, 09:44 PM
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I have no favorite movies with Mr. Brando.

I thought he was good in Julius Caesar (1953), The Ugly American (1963), Candy (1968, though a one-note performance) and Superman (1978, his best performance, imo). I thought Val Kilmer was better at imitating Mr. Brando in The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996) than Mr. Brando was.
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Old 09-03-2019, 09:53 PM
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The Godfather is number one but I do like The Young Lions.
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Old 09-03-2019, 10:49 PM
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1- Godfather
2- Streetcar
3- Missouri Breaks. A good although mean-spirited film, with great actors, and Marlon having a ball not giving a shit while being Crazy Brando. And pulling it off.
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Whatta ya got?

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That movie comes to mind every time I drive through Hollister on my way to/from Pinnacles A bar on the main strip (Johnny's) has a nice mural featuring Brando and a cut-out statue of the Wild One himself out front.

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Old 09-04-2019, 01:40 AM
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My favorite movie that Brando was in has to be The Godfather. The most perplexing movie he was in has to be Guys and Dolls. How could Sinatra ever be second banana to anyone?
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The top of the list:

The Godfather
The Freshman
Last Tango in Paris
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Further down the list:
The Wild One
Mutiny on the Bounty
One-Eyed Jacks
A Streetcar Named Desire.


Honorable mention:
The Young Lions

Another odd-appearance one:
As George Lincoln Rockwell in Roots: The Next Generations. (Of course that came from the real life decision at Playboy to send Alex Haley to interview the head of the American Nazi Party. So let's make that weird event weirder by casting Brando against James Earl Jones.)

* And that's more for the stunning visuals than his acting. Bertolucci knew how to make a film.
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Old 09-04-2019, 07:58 AM
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I kinda liked, "Mutiny on the Bounty," but otherwise: PASS!
Try the original, with Charles Laughton and Clark Gable. It's just a wee bit better...
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The Godfather
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Old 09-04-2019, 09:28 AM
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I'm not really a Brando fan, but On the Waterfront is my sixth favorite movie (I numbered my top 10 - I'm weird that way).
A Streetcar Named Desire is a favorite, but quite a way down on the list - if I had one.
Other than that there isn't much. And I like the Clark Gable version of Mutiny on the Bounty better.
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Try the original, with Charles Laughton and Clark Gable. It's just a wee bit better...
Testify!

Is the Mel Gibson/Anthony Hopkins version worth a glance?
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Testify!

Is the Mel Gibson/Anthony Hopkins version worth a glance?
It is, but it's not the same thing -- the two earlier versions were based on Nordhoff and Hall's "Mutiny" trilogy of books. The Mel Gibson/Anthony Hopkins version (which also has Liam Neeson!) is based on Richard Hough's book Captain Bligh and Mr. Christian, which is a revisionist take. The Screenplay is by Robert Bolt (A Man for All Seasons, Lawrence of Arabia)!
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Old 09-04-2019, 10:30 AM
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The Island of Dr. Moreau







I'm joking!



My faves have already ben listed:

The Godfather
The Freshman
Don Juan de Marco
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*written and directed by the same guy who wrote Creator, both book and movie, Jeremy Leven
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Old 09-04-2019, 03:01 PM
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Another vote for Don Juan DeMarco
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Guys & Dolls.
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Old 09-04-2019, 03:22 PM
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It's surprising how very few Brando movies are on my Favorites list. (Bogart, Buscemi, De Niro, Keitel, Pitt, Washington and especially Nicholson each appear multiple times.) Godfather is my #2, Apocalypse Now my #39 (without Brando it would be #20). The only other Brando flicks that make my Top 100 are On The Waterfront and The Score. And Brando had only a bit part in the otherwise-excellent heist film The Score.

Some Brando films, e.g. Teahouse of the August Moon, were horrible. I watched Last Tango in Paris only once, decades ago. It didn't appeal then; maybe I should watch it again.
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Guys and Dolls

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The Freshman, with Matthew Broderick and Bruno Kirby. A rare comedic performance for Brando.
My wife and I still LOL when 2 boys appear!

"Carmine said one boy, here are two!"

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Show of hands if anyone else has even seen this movie: Désirée (1954). Brando does a great job as the young Napoleon. "In Marseilles, France in 1794, Désirée Clary [Jean Simmons], a young millinery clerk, becomes infatuated with Napoleon Bonaparte, but winds up wedding General Jean-Baptiste Berandotte [Michael Rennie], an aide to Napoleon who later joins the forces that bring about the Emperor's downfall."

Brando is great as that cocky upstart Napoleon. Check him out! And here. This was early in Brando's career. He was only 30.

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...Charles XIII [of Sweden] was 61 years old and prematurely senile. He was also childless; one child had been stillborn and another died after less than a week. It was apparent almost as soon as Charles XIII ascended the throne that the Swedish branch of the House of Holstein-Gottorp would die with him. In 1810 the Riksdag of the Estates, the Swedish parliament, elected a Danish prince, Prince Christian August of Augustenborg, as heir-presumptive to the throne. He took the name Charles August, but died later that same year.

At this time, Emperor Napoleon I of France controlled much of continental Europe, and some of his client kingdoms were headed by his brothers. The Riksdag decided to choose a king of whom Napoleon would approve. On 21 August 1810, the Riksdag elected Jean Baptiste Jules Bernadotte, a Marshal of France, as heir presumptive to the Swedish throne.
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Yeah, another vote for Guys and Dolls, mostly because it's so different from his usual oeuvre (though I always like watching him). And another thing you don't expect - he can actually dance a bit (!)

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My favorite Brando films are Guys and Dolls and On the Waterfront... but neither is my favorite because of Brando.
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Old 09-04-2019, 08:31 PM
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It’s hard to separate his performances from great movies. I love The Godfather and his work on it was ok but just serviceable.

His best acting was in One-Eyed Jacks in my humble opinion. Great movie too. Trivia: he directed it!
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Gonna have to go with Superman.
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I love this movie.
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Also, Brando insisted on wearing the famous Superman symbol on his clothing. This established it in canon that the S within the shield is the symbol of the House of El.
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