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Hondo (1953)

Cast: John Wayne, John Wayne, Geraldine Page, more...
Director: John Farrow, John Farrow
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Paramount
Genre: Action, Classics, Westerns
Running Time: 83 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
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Synopsis
Hondo is so "perfect" a John Ford western that many people assume it was directed by John Ford--or at the very least, Andrew McLaglen. Actually the director was suspense expert John Farrow, who worked with the "Duke" only twice in his career (the second film was an oddball war drama, The Sea Chase [55]). In Hondo, John Wayne plays a hard-bitten cavalry scout who is humanized by frontierswoman Geraldine Page and her young son (Lee Aaker, star of TV's Rin Tin Tin). Try as he might, Wayne can't convince Page to move off her land in anticipation of an Apache attack. He leaves her ranch, only to be ambushed by desperado Leo Gordon--who happens to be Page's long-absent husband. Having killed Gordon, Hondo returns to the ranch to protect Page from the Indians, and to rekindle the woman's hesitant love for him. The climactic attack sequence is enhanced by Hondo's 3-D photography, one of the few truly effective utilizations of this much-maligned process. Long unavailable thanks to the labyrinthine legal tangles of the John Wayne estate, Hondo was finally released to videotape in the early 1990s. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Solid Western by Texan99 September 4, 2010 - 12:56 PM PDT
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The fine screenplay makes nearly every scene a pleasure. I understand this was one of the earliest Westerns that treated the Injuns as more than stock figures of menace, instead portraying their culture as violently alien and doomed but honorable and compelling. At the same time, it declines to treat the cavalry as stock figures in the form of ugly European racists, a la Little Big Man. John Wayne's Hondo obviously has a deeply ingrained code, but he doesn't jabber about it, he just mans up when he has to. Great stuff.




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