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7 Memorable Movie Eye-Patches

September 28th 2008 12:16

Daryl Hannah eye-patch
Tom Cruise is about to make eye-patches popular again with the release of his new film Valkyrie.

Actually, he's got about as much chance of making eye-patches fashionable as he does Scientology. Sorry to offend you Scientologists out there, but it's true.

Anyway, Cruise is playing the eye-patch-wearing Nazi Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg who famously led a plot to kill off his leader Adolph Hitler.

But who has gone before him and sported a patch on the big-screen ... And not as a pirate.

7. BETTE DAVIS in The Anniversary (1967)

Bette Davis patch
Eye-patches are quite often associated with some 'dastardly doer'. Here, Davis certainly played the part both on and off the screen. Her character was an overbearing 'one-eyed' monster called Mrs Taggart, who manipulates her three sons into returning home each year to help celebrate the wedding anniversary of her long-dead husband. Behind the camera Davis apparently had the black comedy's original director Alvin Rakoff replaced by Roy Ward Baker. She's got a Bette Davis eye ...

6. ROBERT DUVALL in The Eagle Has Landed (1976)

Robert Duvall patch
Fresh from his role in the first two Godfather flicks, Duvall dons the eye-patch to play Nazi (what's with these Nazis and eye-patches?) Col. Max Radl, the man who formulated the plan for the Germans to parachute into England and adbuct, or kill, Winston Churchill. It co-starred Michael Caine as the lead paratrooper, Donald Pleasance as Heinrich Himmler and a very young trio of Donald Sutherland, Treat Williams and Larry 'Jr' Hagman as fellow Nazis. They weren't a patch on Duvall though.

5. DAVID WENHAM in 300 (2007)

David Wenham patch
Wenham's character, the strangly named Dilios, loses his eye in the Battle of Thermopylae in 480BC and gets sent home by King Leonidas. Lucky for him, 'cause the other 299 Spartans he was fighting alongside get killed by the invading Persians. Eye or no eye, Dilios however goes on to lead his own army, the significantly larger 10,000 Spartans, against the Persians, and wins. Dilios is also the narrator of this unique film by 'visionary' director Zack Snyder. 300 men and 599 eyes.

4. ANGELINA JOLIE in Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004)

Angelina Jolie patch
Jolie plays Francesca 'Franky' Cook, the 'fearless' captain of a squadron of planes, The Flying Legion, who comes to the aid of the title character (Jude Law). This under-rated sci-fi movie, about a mission to stop a mad scientist from destroying the planet, pays homage to the great old adventure flicks of the '30s. Shot entirely against a blue screen, this imaginative movie was a predessessor to Sin City and 300, but failed to attract a big audience. Jolie shot all her scenes in three days. Lucky 'cause she's got all those kids to look after.

3. DARYL HANNAH in Kill Bill: Parts 1-2 (2004)

Daryl Hannah patch
First she was a mermaid ... then a ruthless, cold-blooded, albeit fashionable, one-eyed assassin called Elle Driver in the Quentin Tarantino two-parter. Daryl Hannah's Elle mixes and matches her patches with whatever outfit she is wearing, even getting one made out for her deadly nurses' costume. Her codename is the California Mountain Snake. And, boy, can she bite. Though she's no match for a mad-as-hell Uma Thurman out for revenge, and (spoiler) ultimately loses the other eye. Eye for an eye, they say.

2. JOHN WAYNE in True Grit (1969)

John Wayne patch
What's a guy have to do to win an Oscar around here? Stick on an eye-patch ... Well, whaddya know ... Big John stars in well over 100 movies during his decorated career, but the only one he gets an Academy Award for Best Actor from is True Grit for his performance as the old whisky-guzzling former Marshall 'Rooster' Cogburn who is called back into action to track down a killer. It's a little bit like Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven ... but with a patch. This film, incidently, co-starred another patch-wearer in Robert Duvall.

1. KURT RUSSELL in Escape from New York (1981)

Kurt Russell patch
How can you go past the man who everyone thought was dead, Snake Plissken? The former war hero turned condemned criminal is forced into flying into New York City, now a maximum security prison, to rescue the President (elected) from The Duke (self-appointed). The gruff and tough Snake actually made wearing an eye-patch cool. At least, I wanted one when I was eight and watching this for the first time. A cult classic from director John Carpenter that was followed up with Escape from LA 15 years later. Kurt Russel should've had both his eyes poked out after agreeing to star in that bomb. I wanted to poke my own eyes out after sitting through it.

JOHN GOODMAN in O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

John Goodman patch
Big Dan Teague and his eye-patch was quite a hit in this fantastic take on Homer's epic poem The Odyssey from the Coen Brothers. (Spoiler) Probably 'cause he actually had two working eyes. The patch was just a ruse to help Dan in his swindling ways. Set in the Deep South of America in the 1940s, the movie starred George Clooney and Tim Blake Nelson - and a hapless little frog - who all feel the power of Big Dan.

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Comment by JohnDoe

September 29th 2008 08:33
Great idea Movie Mall,

A fine list too.

It takes a special sort of person to pull off the eccentric grizzly snarl that seems to come with a patch wearer. (Or a smarmy, underhanded sexuality)

I really don't think Cruise has what it takes, first time I saw him I laughed out loud.

A few additional favourites are:
Dermont Malroney's patch in Living in Oblivion

Kirk Doulas in The Vikings also stands in the memory.

Can't resist mentioning Kramer's little adventure with the Patch either

Comment by Movie Mall

September 29th 2008 12:37
Thanks JohnDoe.
Agree, Cruise looks pretty amusing in the patch.
Might be hard to take the movie seriously.
Kirk Douglas is a good one.
And I remember Kramer well. Classic.

Comment by Two Guys Sports

September 29th 2008 18:20
Another great and unusual list.

Couple others I remember -

Christopher Plummer as General Chang in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

Emilio Largo - the villain from the James Bond movie Thunderball

Number 2 in Austin Powers, portrayed by Robert Wagner

Captain Ron - Russell trying to recreate the eyepatch magic. lol


Comment by Movie Mall

September 30th 2008 03:40
Plummer was good as Chang in a reasonably enjoyable Star Trek film (I'm no Trekkie though).

No.2 came in at No.9 on my list ... lol
Rob Lowe was good too as a younger version of the character.

Missed seeing Capt Ron. I figured one eye-patch-wearing Kurt Russell is enough for me after the shambles of Escape from LA.

Comment by Anonymous

December 28th 2010 00:13
I wonder if anyone have seen a movie that all I remember from is the following scene (with an eye-patch):

It is quite an oldie - i guess 60s or early 70s. There are two animators (or a painters?) in an apartment and they draws crude line-figures of men and women on the walls. Somehow they become animated and start a war between them, and the women win. So the animators draw a tank next to the men, and try to urge him to enter the tank. He seems to not know what they want him to do, so they draw an eye-patch on him! The guy waves, says "Shalom", and enters the tank to win the war.

Anybody knows????

Comment by SNIKT!

March 10th 2011 11:31
Donald Sutherland, Treat Williams, and Larry Hagman Jr. did not play Nazis in "The Eagle Has Landed". Sutherland played a rogue IRA member working with the Nazis, and Williams and Hagman played members of the U.S. Army.

Comment by Anonymous

April 5th 2011 16:01
Anyone remember a movie with a man in a jeweled eye patch? Please reply to me privately at

Comment by Eyepatch Fanatic

April 6th 2011 00:14
Regarding the comment above by anonymous, I'd love to know that information, too. Please feel free to post to the board.

Comment by Anonymous

April 6th 2011 19:42
Anyone remember an old movie with a man who wore a jeweled eye patch? Please reply to me privately at

Comment by Anonymous

April 7th 2011 03:31
ckoniecki01 good luck in the Trivia contest.


Comment by Anonymous

April 7th 2011 15:06
Good luck to both of you at the trivia contest in Point!!!

Comment by Anonymous

April 7th 2011 17:48
Would you mind helping another trivia player

Comment by Anonymous

April 7th 2011 18:01
Just to let my fellow players know, I have not received any clues to my email address. Wasn't trying to be sneaky, just savy. Best of luck to all of you - shyd.

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