This rather twisted Western depicts the intertwined stories of Tom Logan (Jack Nicholson) and his good-hearted rustling gang, and Lee Clayton (Marlon Brando), a sadistic “regulator” (hired killer) whose job it is to identify and curtail the activities of Logan, et al. As the film progresses, an ever-increasing sense of dread and disquiet permeate the proceedings, as it becomes clearer all the time that Clayton is a pure sociopath, and relishes his deadly work.
Marlon Brando and David Thewlis engage in a mostly courteous exchange of ideas, and find said ideas to be at loggerheads. Various snouts, hooves, and outrageous spectacles are discussed. From The Island of Dr. Moreau, 1996. Both actors are at the pinnacle of their craft.
Amazing how Marlon could so casually convey supreme menace from situations which are hardly synonymous with menace-conveying.
Sheer, unnerving menace…from the confines of a bubble bath…
Unreal hand speed and devastating power with either hand, whilst bestowing epithets and disposing of tables.
And, of course, his iconic performance in The Godfather.
The truly great Marlon Brando, appearing here in The Missouri Breaks, One-Eyed Jacks, Apocalypse Now, The Godfather, Free Money, and The Island of Dr. Moreau. One of the supreme practitioners of his art, ever to stride across the earth.