Hondo 1953 UNRATED CC

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John 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.

John Wayne, Geraldine Page
1 hour 25 minutes

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Genres Military & War, Drama, Western, Romance
Director John Farrow
Starring John Wayne, Geraldine Page
Supporting actors Ward Bond, Michael Pate, James Arness, Rodolfo Acosta, Leo Gordon, Tom Irish, Lee Aaker, Paul Fix, Rayford Barnes, Frank McGrath, Morry Ogden, Chuck Roberson, Sam
Studio Paramount
MPAA rating Unrated
Captions and subtitles English Details
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John Wayne is perfect for the role of Hondo.
D. Keating
In the end, Hondo says that he imagines this will be the end of the Apache way of life, and that it's a shame.
Lisa Shea
Very good movie with beautiful scenery throughout.
T O'Brien

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142 of 155 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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56 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Shea HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 12, 2006
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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 By gobirds2 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 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 By A Customer on January 21, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
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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