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Hondo [Blu-ray] (1953)

John Wayne , Geraldine Page , John Farrow  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (306 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Wayne, Geraldine Page, Ward Bond, Michael Pate, James Arness
  • Directors: John Farrow
  • Writers: James Edward Grant, Louis L'Amour
  • Producers: John Wayne, Robert Fellows
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: June 5, 2012
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (306 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006YZOXDK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,110 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Hondo [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Apache war drums sound an ominous warning for an isolated female rancher and her young son in this exciting and memorable John Wayne classic. Wayne plays Hondo Lane, a cavalry rider who becomes the designated protector of the strong-willed Angie Lowe (Geraldine Page) as well as a father figure to her boy, Johnny (Lee Aaker). Angie, determinedly awaiting the return of her brutish husband (Leo Gordon), refuses to leave their homestead despite the growing danger from nearby warring Native American tribes. And she finds herself growing more and more enthralled with this stranger, Hondo – a man hardened by experience but still capable of sympathy, kindness and love. Ward Bond, Michael Pate, James Arness and Rodolfo Acosta co-star; Page received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Supporting Actress in this, one of her first film roles.

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145 of 159 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the better Wayne Movies August 3, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
I have certainly seen much worse Western movies all ready out on DVD. I wish this great one was available on DVD (When I wrote this it wasn't). I caught it on TV this weekend during a John Wayne marathon of movies. The acting, sets, directing, scenery, and music all stand out on this one. Many critics think "The Searchers" is great but although I think it is a wonderfully shot movie I don't think the interaction is as believable as "Hondo". The cast here does a wonderful job of making me believe what is happening and that I'm with them in that time period. John Furrow must have worked hard directing to get such results.

The attitude towards Indians is much more appropriate as well. The camera work is excellent. Especially good with wide scenic shots and close-ups of the actors. The directing as I said before is excellent, and the scope of acting in this movie is some of the best I have seen in a John Wayne movie or any Western for that matter. Geraldine Page is great as the Duke's love interest. She does a magnificent job portraying a pioneer woman. Ward Bond, Michael Pate, James Arness, and the rest the cast do a fine job supporting. I hope you get the opportunity to see it. I'm sure you will agree it is a top notch Western and it should be on DVD.

As an addendum I want to thank the studio for finally releasing a wonderful quality DVD with several extras. This is a personal favorite and I want to thank those of you nice enough to vote for my review. It is people like you showing an interest in these classics that prompts the studios to do a proper job of restoring the movies and releasing them on DVD.
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58 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Balance for its time July 12, 2006
Format:DVD
John Wayne stars as Hondo Lane, a half-Indian message carrier and gunslinger in New Mexico. He first shows up at the ranch of Mrs. Angie Lowe after getting away from Apache attackers. This takes place in the ending days of the "Indian round-up" years, when only a few bands of Apache were left. Hondo takes a liking to Angie and her young son, but soon heads out to deliver the message.

In the meantime, the Apache have always been fond of Mrs. Lowe and had a good relationship with her - and the chief takes a personal interest in her son. He tries to convince Angie to choose a new husband from amongst his braves. She insists that her husband will be back soon to stay on the remote ranch with her.

Hondo runs into the wayward husband in a bar, only learning his name after punching him out. In an attempt to get the husband back to his wife, Hondo takes the man's horse and says that Mr. Lowe can retrieve it at the ranch. Angry, Lowe pays a guy to go with him after Hondo. Apaches attack and kill the paid bodyguard, and Hondo shoots an Apache to save Lowe's life. Lowe repays Hondo by attempting to shoot him in the back. Hondo is forced to kill him. He takes Lowe's tintype of Lowe's son to bring back to the mom.

Along the way, the Apaches find Hondo and are about to torture him to death when the Apache chief recognizes the tintype. Hondo still has to fight - and triumph over - the brother of the Apache he killed. The Apache chief brings Hondo back to Mrs. Lowe, who claims Hondo as her husband in order to get him in away from the Apaches. Hondo tries several times to tell Angie what happened, but each time she doesn't want to hear it. She does end up hearing the truth from someone else, but when Hondo then attempts to tell the boy, Angie refuses to let him do it.
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60 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strong Cinematic Western March 1, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
HONDO is a solid Western in the best tradition of the genre. Based on the story "The Gift of Cochise" by Louis L'Amour, John Wayne brings the character Hondo Lane to the screen juxtaposed with his familiar screen presence yet true to L'Amour's spirit of the literary "Western." James Edward Grant's script is impressively sympathetic to the American Indian given the period when this film was produced. Geraldine Page as Angie is perfectly naïve as the homesteader living alone with her son in the open wilderness of rock and dust (artistically captured by Robert Burks' cinematography). However, it is John Wayne's portrayal as the enigmatically tough yet unemotionally tender survivor of this barren country that is the strength of this film. The music for HONDO is credited to both Emil Newman and Hugo Friedhofer and their impressive melody for HONDO majestically reflects the honorable and brave stature of the man.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let's hope for a DVD January 21, 2001
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Hondo desparately needs a new transfer to DVD, but this is an often overlooked important part of the Western genre. When I first saw it in 1953 I was impressed by the story, the qualities of the Hondo and Indian characters. There's plenty of conflict, but what's most interesting is the change that takes place among the characters, accomplished by James Edward Grant's script. I hated to see Lane's dog die and I named my first dog after him. Page is a refreshing change from the ingenues of that period, who tended to be more good looking than the times and environment would suggest. Of course it's a West that never was, but all movies suffer from that error. The real West was mostly dull, difficult and dirty. But L'Amour's stories tend to be more about character than action, and Hondo is no exception. Finally, this movie marks a subtle but important milestone for Wayne. His subsequent movies were much more about complex and flawed characters than his prior work. This movie marks his first move in that direction and that alone makes it an important acquisition for collectors.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Subtitle
every time you go to watch it you have to go and take off subtitle. I have older mother that can not fix it until someone comes home and does it for her. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Diane Hammer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A john wayne classic
Published 1 day ago by scotty hensley
5.0 out of 5 stars great old horse opera
great old horse opera. It is very interesting to look into the past and see the changes in attitudes, behaviors and beliefs society has made is such a short time.
Published 4 days ago by B. EGBERT
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I'm a John Wayne Fan, thats why I bought this Movie
Published 9 days ago by ReggaeJazzman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great blue ray presentation and the film is a great ...
Great blue ray presentation and the film is a great John Wayne movie too. I enjoyed the special "extra's" also. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Movie Mike
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
True to the book but certainly not up-to-date. Exactly what I expected.
Published 16 days ago by Stephen Brinkman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of John Wayne's best movies.
Published 16 days ago by Sharyn Enriquez
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Have always enjoyed this movie.
Published 19 days ago by Terry L. Cletcher
4.0 out of 5 stars He did make some good movies.
Again, though not a John Wayne fan wanted this for my Western collection. He did make some good movies........
Published 20 days ago by England's own.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it!
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No 3D Blu-ray for this 3D movie?
Never mind 3d... can anyone confirm if the aspect ratio of this Blu-ray is correct? I've compared it to the DVD fullscreen release, and it looks like the widescreen is cropped from the fullscreen, rather than the reverse. There's quite a lot of material missing at top and bottom in the Blu-ray,... Read More
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The film was shot with the All-Media rig.
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