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Hondo (Full Screen)

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Based on the Louis L'Amour story "The Gift of Cochise," this sparkling western has Wayne as a half-Indian Cavalry scout who, with his feral dog companion, finds a young woman and her son living on a isolated ranch in unfriendly Apache country. A poetic and exciting script, outstanding performances, and breathtaking scenery make this an indisputable classic. Page's debut.

Special Features

  • 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
  • From the Batjac Vaults
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Batjac Teaser
  • Photo Gallery

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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: Multiple Formats, Collector's Edition, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Special Edition
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: October 11, 2005
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (637 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ANVPP6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,895 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Hondo (Full Screen)" on IMDb

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161 of 179 people found the following review helpful By C. A. Luster on 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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71 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Shea HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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65 of 72 people found the following review helpful By gobirds2 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 1, 2005
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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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Robert E. Nylund on June 13, 2006
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It was altogether appropriate that John Wayne should make a film in the briefly popular stereoscopic process that Hollywood adopted in the early 1950's to compete with television...and it's all the more appropriate that the one 3-D film he made was a western. Of course, the popularity of 3-D only lasted about a year and by the time this film was released (in late 1953) it was only shown in 3-D in a few theaters; most people saw it in conventional 35 milimeter.

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.
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Interesting commentary by mostly critic Leonard Maltin!
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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