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  • Actors: Marlon Brando, Elizabeth Taylor
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KHI2FS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,613 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This dreary story of the latent desires of the sexually repressed and psychologically tormented is taken from the 1944 novel by Carson McCullers. Major Penderton (Marlon Brando) is a hard-driving Army officer married to Leonora (Elizabeth Taylor). The impotent Penderton hides his latent homosexuality under his strict military discipline, while Leonora is having an affair with Lt. Colonel Langdon (Brian Keith), who is married to the troubled Allison (Julie Harris), who slices off her own nipples after a disappointing pregnancy. Private Williams (Robert Forster) is a young recruit who likes to ride naked on horseback. The Major is driven to insane jealousy when he discovers Williams would rather be with Leonora than with him.

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As for the film itself, it is bizarre.
Baron Sardonicus
It's not worth the trouble of returning it, but apparently the manufacturer produced a lot of defective discs which are still being sold.
anomalous
Personally, I just think the movie was sick and I don't care to think about it any farther.
Gary Peterson

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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Jay Dickson VINE VOICE on December 9, 2006
Format: DVD
"One of a kind" is a somewhat inadequate phrase to describe John Huston's 1967 Southern Gothic about sexual repression, homophobia, and insanity in an army fort. The plot of the film is so bizarre as to be stupefying. Marlon Brando plays a grotesquely closeted army major who teaches war strategy at a Southern military school, while his silly wife (Elizabeth Taylor) engages in a causal affair with the colonel next door (Brian Keith), whose wife (Julie Harris) spends her days in a darkened room being entertained by her Filipino houseboy while she recovers from her breakdown after the death of her infant daughter... during which she cut off her nipples with gardening shears. (As Anna Russell used to say, I am not making this up, you know.) Meanwhile, Brando stalks a handsome enlisted man at the fort (Robert Forster), who sneaks in to Taylor's bedroom late at night to spy on her while she sleeps, and who also loves to ride the base's horses in the nude. Ouch!

All this sounds pretty ridiculous, but through the terrific use of cinematography and pacing to convey the heady, dreamy atmosphere of the fort in late summer, Huston somehow makes it all work. The film is pretty suspenseful--you know someone's going to be murdered from the film's opening title but you don't know who or why or by whom, and the suspense keeps you guessing until the end (where Huston unfortunately undoes most of what he's accomplished before by a ludicrous repeated pan back-and-forth of the killer, the corpse, and the figure in between them).
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By H. F. Corbin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 2, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
Adapted from the novel of the same name by the Georgian writer Carson McCullers and directed by the great John Huston, REFLECTIONS IN A GOLDEN EYE stars Marlon Brando, an army officer on a military post somewhere in the South, and Elizabeth Taylor as his bored wife. There is a lot going on here. Brando plays a latent homosexual who is being cuckolded right under his nose by another officer Brian Keith who is married to a fragile mental case, Julie Harris. Ms. Harris, who has just cut off her nipples with scissors when the movie begins, is cared by by an effeminate Asian houseboy. Add to this mixture a young soldier (Robert Forster) who has a propensity for riding horses bareback and with a bare backside.
I have seen this movie three or four times now and can never decide if it's me or the movie; but I never get all the parts fitted together. This film certainly is worth watching and has an erotic mystery about it. Elizabeth Taylor repeats a part she had done before of the beautiful Southern woman and does a credible job with her Southern accent. But by far the best thing about this movie is Marlon Brando. He of courses acts in every frame and is perfect as the army officer about ready to go to pot who struggles with his forbidden desires.
I do not remember what kind of reviews this movie received in 1967, but Brando gives one of his best performances here. The critics should have so stated.
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The time is late 1948 and the setting is a U.S. Army post in Georgia, bordering on a forest preserve...

A Southern amoral wife called Leonora (Elizabeth Taylor) finds an outlet for her vital nature in an adulterous affair with Lt. Col. Langdon (Brian Keith), carried on almost openly...

Leonora gives aperture to her forcefulness and vigor in a passion for horses and riding... She is attached to a handsome white horse she calls Firebird and she provokes her husband by telling him that the animal is indeed a stallion and a beast with the soul of a gentleman...

Leonora's husband (Marlon Brando) is a devious, insecure, impotent Army major, a hidden homosexual preoccupied with an unsociable, lonely rider who canters around the field in the nude and whose sexual tension is released, secretively, at the bedside of the major's wife fondling her clothes and staring at her...

Private Williams (Robert Forster) is another lonely man fascinated by the fiery Leonora and her occasional kind comments to him... He takes to visiting the Penderton house at night and looking attentively in the windows... He observes Leonora in the nude, but he also watches the Major in his study...

Keith's neurotic wife (Julie Harris) is well aware of her husband's affair with Leonora but she only feels well from her close friendship with her houseboy, Anacleto (Zorro David), an effete companion who shares her penchant for the arts and is in every way the opposite of her abrupt, strong husband...

Liz few scenes with Brando crack1e with sexual antagonism... He's a tormented human being while she's delicious but shrill and insensitive...
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Jenks on August 23, 2005
Format: VHS Tape
Reflections in a Golden Eye is a film based on the Carson McCullers novel of the same name. It surrounds the lives of Major Penderton (Brando) a repressed homosexual married to an unsympathetic, emasculating woman-Lenora (Liz Taylor), who is having an affair with Lt. Langdon whose wife Alision, has descended into self-mutilation-cutting off her nipples with garden shears-unable to come to terms with the loss of her child. As the movie begins the audience is greeted with an eerie musical score and is introduced to Private Williams a loner who seems to have a predilection for horses-among other things.

Major Penderton is aware of the affair between his wife and Lt. Langdon but is unconcerned. His wife Lenora taunts him constantly, making fun of his viriliy-or lack thereof, and even calls him "prissy" one night after he tells her she "looks like a slattern" (a slob) and that she disgusts him. In response, she disrobes and silently taunts him. After which he suddenly breaks down and threatens her. At this, she inquires if he'd ever been thrashed by a naked woman-knowing that she is fully capable of causing him bodily harm, his body grows limp in defeat.

On one occasion Major Penderton joins his wife and Lt. Langdon on a horseback ride in the woods where they encounter Private Williams riding horseback nude. Lenora and Langdon find it amusing and impressive, while Major Penderton is both appalled and fascinated. Throughout, we see Major Penderton try to prove his manhood by barking out orders to subordinates, depriving Capt.
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