Marlon Brando 4-movie Collection

Marlon Brando 4-movie Collection

DVD - 2005
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The night of the following day: Professional criminals successfully kidnap a young girl from her wealthy family, but their plans become undone as they realize there is no trust between them.
The ugly American: As a compassionate American Ambassador to the strife-torn Southeast Asian nation of Sarkhan, Brando tries to keep Communists in the North from overrunning the weakened democracy in the South by making sure a vital road into the country's inaccessible interior goes through.
A countess from Hong Kong: Russian émigré countess Natascha becomes a stowaway in the shipboard stateroom of U.S. diplomat Ogden in order to escape her life of forced prostitution in Hong Kong. Her plan is to blackmail her way to freedom in the States but Ogden has a mind of his own and can resist even the charms of a countess.
The Appaloosa: Matt is a saddle tramp who has "killed and sinned" but who now wants only to settle down and breed horses. Chuy is a Mexican outlaw. Their battle begins when Chuy steals Matt's prize Appaloosa stallion and retreats to his carefully guarded Mexican village hide-away.

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Mouziey
Apr 13, 2018

4 movies are in this Marlon Brando collection :Countess of Hong Kong which are all foreign women being prostitutes and then Marlon is the diplomat that meets up on a passagener ship with one of these. Big name stars on a story line that is slap stick Charlie Chaplin sponsored film. Two stars for this thumbs down
Appaloosa: Marlon is a cowboy minding own business when a woman get him in trouble with a Mexican bully. Gets a person upset why all this killing for a woman. Two half stars for thumbs down.
The next one was one of a dream ; which Marlon an a group of people are part of a kidnapping. Then wake up and is it going to happen. 3 stars fro this thumbs up. 2nd Best in collection.
Ugly American Marlon is a diplomat to Sarkan today's Thailand. Love story; scenery great. This was the Best in the collection 4 stars .
Two out of Four winners and losers.

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patch666
Dec 22, 2017

BRANDO !!!!!!

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Mooseum
Oct 26, 2017

This is a collection of four of Brando's lesser-known movies. The Ugly American is the best known of the lot. It was interesting to watch these movies with the knowledge that Brando was a famous movie star at one point, because if you didn't know it, it wouldn't seem so from the acting in these movies.

Out of the four movies, only The Ugly American seemed to have much of a meaningful plot. What was maybe more interesting to me was the choice of leading ladies. Sophia Loren was wasted in The Countess from Hong Kong, a last gasp from Charles (Charlie) Chaplin which also included Tippi Hedren as Brando's wife. Rita Moreno, eight years after West Side Story, was the only woman in The Night of the Following Day. Then there were two lesser-known actresses, Sandra Church plays Brando's wife in The Ugly American, and Anjanette Comer the female lead in The Appaloosa.

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lukasevansherman
Oct 03, 2014

While it's generally acknowledged that Marlon Brando was the greatest and most influential American film actor of the 20th century, I wonder how we measure greatness. Is it based on a few iconic performances or an entire career? If you take his whole erratic career, then you have a brilliant, explosive talent that quickly fell into disrepair and mediocrity with a few flashes of his raw talent and creativity. Whether it was poor taste, a bad agent, a lack of interesting roles, or his own arrogance, Brando, after his initial run of key films ("On the Waterfront," "Julius Caesar," "The Wild One," "Streetcar"), made a lot of poor movies, some of them interesting, but most all of them flawed in some way. Really his reputation is based on maybe half a dozen films, which isn't much over a career of nearly 50 years. Contemporaries like Paul Newman and Gregory Peck, to pick two names, were far more consistent. This 2-DVD, 4-film collection has some of his more obscure films from the wasteland years of the 60s.
"The Ugly American," (1963) is based on the book and maybe the best of the lot, with Brando as a U.S. ambassador in Southeast Asia.
"The Appaloosa" (1966) is a very slow-moving western that does have a scorpion arm wrestling contest. Brando, as he tended do with roles he couldn't get into, seems curiously absent from the film. When he affects a Mexican accent and wears a funny hat, you see where Johnny Depp went wrong. Notable non-Mexican actor John Saxon stars as a Mexican bandit. Not to be confused with the Ed Harris/Viggo Mortensen western "Appaloosa."
"Countess From Hong Kong" (1967) has a high curiosity factor as it pairs Brando with Sophia Loren and was directed by Charlie Chaplin, another strong personality who was probably told too many times he was a genius. It is the last film Chaplin directed and it's a bit of a disaster. Brando, once again, is punched out and has no rapport with Loren.
I didn't even bother with the kidnapping drama "The Night of the Following Day." It's a pretty bare bones collection with one commentary and nothing else. This tells more the story of a colossal talent wasted than a genius who reinvented American film acting.

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