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5.0 out of 5 stars
Unjustly overlooked and under-rated Brando film, 22 Aug. 2010
One of Brando's most under-rated films, 'The Night of the Following Day' shows that the great man wasn't just lean, mean & moody back in the '50's - here he is at the grand old age of 43 oozing cool & sex appeal from every pore.
I believe this was filmed in late 1967 & Marlon's slim & fit, dressed entirely in black with a (dyed?,wig?) blond barnet.
Best scene: the one with Brando & Jess Hahn which Marlon is clearly making up as he goes along - he starts talking about stealing oranges at one point & you (well I do) can guess that he's just improvising from seeing that there's some oranges on the table in front of him; then he knocks a beer bottle over on same table & almost tenderly replaces it in it's upright position. Rewind the scene & you can see him watching that beer bottle before he knocks it, thinking 'I could knock that bottle over '. Or perhaps this is just me seeing what I want to see, but I've never seen another actor who comes close to giving me the same sense of excitement I get watching Brando - just doing weird stuff like playing with beer bottles and oranges. You never knew what he'd do next.
I'm pretty sure Brando dismissed this film as one he just did for the money and ran, & OK it's no 'On the Waterfront' or 'Last Tango', not even a 'Young Lions' or a 'Reflections in a Golden Eye' (2 other hugely under-rated Brando films), but it's a good, fairly tense little crime thriller - & if this is Brando on auto-pilot taking the money & running then give me that to practically any other actor giving 100%.
Plus this has Pamela Franklin in it as the victim of Brando's gang - a great actress who the next year appeared as Maggie Smith's nemesis in 'The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie'.
Unbelievable that this is still unavailable on UK Region 2 DVD. Likewise 'Reflections in a Golden Eye'.