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Hondo (Full Screen)
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- Commentary by Leonard Maltin, Frank Thompson (western historian) and Lee Aaker
- A Special Introduction by Leonard Maltin
- The Making of Hondo
- Profile: James Edward Grant
- The Apache
- The John Wayne Stock Company: Ward Bond
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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.
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.Read more ›
Anyone who has seen surviving 3-D prints of such films, including this writer, can attest to their incredible visual impact, particularly the ones that didn't rely on the usual gimmicks of throwing or pointing things at the cameras. "Hondo" has a few instances of pointing knives or guns at the cameras, but the film generally avoids the gimmicks that may have contributed to the demise of the 3-D fad. Of course, there were always those who complained about having to wear special glasses to watch 3-D movies.
Overall, this is very impressive production throughout. It is tightly paced and has numerous exciting scenes, along with more tender and even humorous moments. Based on a Louis L'Amour story, adapted by John Wayne's longtime friend James Edward Grant, this is one of the more intriguing westerns that Wayne made. Director John Farrow, actress Mia Farrow's father, was able to keep things moving during the film's 83 minutes.
One of the more remarkable aspects is that the film is more sympathetic toward Native Americans than in most films of the time, perhaps because John Wayne's character is admittedly part Apache. One is intrigued and even amused to discover that the Indian chief is played by an Australian actor, Michael Pate, but makeup and his effective acting make his portrayal effective and believable.Read more ›
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Another great movie with the Duke. Probably not our favorite he made, but worthwhile viewing!Published 1 month ago by Mulvany
Follows the book very accurately and stays true to the dialogue, almost word for word. Only slightly truncated from the book, but not enought to hurt the plot. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Frank Allen
When Army dispatch rider Hondo Lane (John Wayne) loses his horse and finds himself seeking a remount at an isolated ranch, he doesn't know that his life is about to change. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Chrijeff
Loved it. Beautiful story and photography. Great in full color and blue ray.Published 1 month ago by mars
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Thanks. It sounds like that will be a very informative commentary. I have seen this film many times and am planning to buy it from Amazon sometime. "HONDO" is a great Western, and the Duke is amazing.
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