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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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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Vittorio was based loosely on the real-life Apache chief Victorio. See more »

Goofs

The brim on Hondo's hat changes how it is bent, up or down, from one shot to the next. See more »

Quotes

Hondo Lane: Everybody gets dead. It was his turn.
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Dan Rowan as one of the soldiers underneath a wagon shot during the final attack. See more »

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One of Wayne's best, would enjoyed even more in 3D
12 May 2006 | by (S. Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

When Hondo came out, 3-D was at the end of a very short life, so they had to show the film without it.Hondo is one of the best of John Waynes' westerns, and among the film's great qualities I would point: a)the story by Louis L'Amour. b)the performance of Geraldine Page. c)the fine direction of John Farrow. d) the good actors that play the Indians. e) Wayne's dog. f) the spectacular scenes of fights and battles, probably made with special care because they were intended for 3-D. g) and most of all, John Wayne at his prime. I only wish they would show this film today on a movie theater in 3-D. That is how I always wanted to see it.


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