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Hondo (1953)

Army despatch rider Hondo Lane discovers a woman and young son living in the midst of warring Apaches and becomes their protector.

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Army scout Hondo Lane (played by John Wayne) stumbles across an isolated homestead in the middle of Apache territory. The inhabitants - a woman and her son - believe they are safe, as there is a treaty with the Apaches. Lane knows better though, as the Army has just broken the treaty, causing the Apache to seek revenge on settlers. Despite being a scout for the US Army, Lane has sympathies for the Apaches, having been married to a native American woman and living with her people for five years. With divided loyalties he now has to tread a fine line. Written by grantss

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Out of the gunsmoke into her heart! See more »

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Drama | Romance | War | Western

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Rated PG for western violence | See all certifications »

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27 November 1953 (USA)  »

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They Called Him Hondo  »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,100,000, 31 December 1953
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

After viewing the finished film at a private screening, John Wayne jokingly said, "I'll be damned if I'm not the stuff men are made of!" See more »

Goofs

When Hondo runs up a small rise to jump on a horse, the white shirt of the person holding the horse can be seen briefly at the left. See more »

Quotes

Hondo Lane: Everybody gets dead. It was his turn.
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Crazy Credits

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

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Referenced in Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man (1991) See more »

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Geraldine Page makes her screen debut in Hondo and she is marvelous.
10 August 2001 | by 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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