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Hondo (1953)

PG | | Drama, Romance, War | 4 January 1954 (USA)
Army despatch rider Hondo Lane discovers a woman and her son living in the midst of warring Apaches, and he becomes their protector.

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Hondo Lane, a despatch rider for the cavalry, encounters Angie Lowe, a woman living alone with her young son in the midst of hostile Apache territory. She presumes she is safe because the Apaches, under their chief Vittorio, have always left them alone. Later Lane has a run-in with Angie's reprobate husband and is forced to kill him, not knowing who he is. Vittorio captures Lane and to save his life, Angie tells the Apache chief that Lane is her husband, unaware that Lane has killed her real husband. In order to protect her from a forced marriage with one of the Apache, Lane reluctantly goes along with the lie, though he knows the truth must eventually come out, to Vittorio and to Angie, both. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Drama | Romance | War | Western

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Rated PG for western violence | See all certifications »

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4 January 1954 (USA)  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Michael Pate, who plays Vittorio, reprises that same role six years later in the Steve McQueen television show Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958-1961). The episode is Bounty for a Bride. See more »

Goofs

Near beginning of film when Hondo is riding the bucking horse at the Lowe ranch the animal seems to change from Chestnut to Bay and then back again. See more »

Quotes

Hondo Lane: Your coup stick shows many scalps.
Silva: Yes, many. Soon you.
Hondo Lane: A man's scalp would look out of place there. You took all yours from squaws, papoose and dogs.
[Silva kicks Hondo Lane in the face]
Hondo Lane: Your lodge should be real proud of you.
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Crazy Credits

Dan Rowan as one of the soldiers underneath a wagon shot during the final attack. See more »

Connections

Remade as Hondo and the Apaches (1967) See more »

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Geraldine Page makes her screen debut in Hondo and she is marvelous.
10 August 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Someone in an earlier comment said that John Wayne is, "always bad." I take great umbrage in that statement. He was always good and often marvelous and sometimes Magnificent.

His Hondo is a very different character from Ethan Edwards or Thomas Dunson. Here, he is a younger Wil Anderson or a more somber Quirt Evans.

I like Hondo. It's not a great film like Red River or The Searchers, but it does explore the lonely existence of a woman living in the back of beyond. It also explores the way in which a semi-tamed man becomes a father substitute and good husband, something Ethan Edwards would never become.

Geraldine Page shines like a new penny in this, her first film. She won an Academy Award nomination for her role in Hondo, and she deserved it.

Hondo is a man who is hardened by experience but still capable of understanding, compassion and love. He also works HARD. It's fun to see John Wayne with nails in his mouth, shoeing a horse!


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