Not Rated | | Drama, Romance, Thriller
Bizarre tale of sex, betrayal, and perversion at a military post.
In the scene where Major Penderton gives a lecture on leadership, a subject for which he is ill-suited, Marlon Brando asked Director John Huston for another take after delivering what Huston considered a superb performance. In the second take, Brando delivered a different line reading that was equally brilliant. When it came time to cut the film, Huston was baffled over which of the takes to use, as each was superb and relevant to the character.
Maj. Weldon Penderton:
Now, a man does not flee because... um... he's fighting in an unjust cause. He does not attack because his cause is just. He flees 'cause he's the weaker. And he conquers 'cause he's the stronger. Or more to the point because his leaders made him ...
Elizabeth Taylor bends over and lights a roaring fire, but when she stands up the fire is out.
In the version of the film released in Brazil's cinemas in the late 1960s, it was Anacleto who announced that Mrs. Alison had cut off her nipples with the garden shears. But in the later VHS version, it is Leonora who makes the remark to Lt. Col. Langdon while they are playing cards.
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