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Hondo -- 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.

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Director:
Writers:
James Edward Grant (screenplay)
Louis L'Amour (story)
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Release Date:
5 April 1954 (UK) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
...They called him 'HONDO' See more »
Plot:
Army despatch rider Hondo Lane discovers a woman and her son living in the midst of warring Apaches, and he becomes their protector. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more »
User Reviews:
One of the best of the Duke's films See more (69 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Wayne ... Hondo Lane

Geraldine Page ... Angie Lowe

Ward Bond ... Buffalo Baker

Michael Pate ... Vittorio - Chiricahua Apache Chief

James Arness ... Lennie - Army Indian Scout
Rodolfo Acosta ... Silva
Leo Gordon ... Ed Lowe
Tom Irish ... Lt. McKay

Lee Aaker ... Johnny Lowe

Paul Fix ... Maj. Sherry
Rayford Barnes ... Pete - Card Player in Saloon
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank McGrath ... Lowe's Partner (uncredited)
Morry Ogden ... Horse Rider - Opening Scene (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson ... Otawanga / Cavalry Sergeant Killed in Indian Attack (uncredited)
Sam ... Hondo's dog (uncredited)

Directed by
John Farrow 
 
Writing credits
James Edward Grant (screenplay)

Louis L'Amour (story)

Produced by
Robert Fellows .... producer
John Wayne .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Hugo Friedhofer 
Emil Newman 
 
Cinematography by
Robert Burks (photography)
Archie Stout (photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ralph Dawson 
 
Art Direction by
Alfred Ybarra 
 
Makeup Department
Web Overlander .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Nate H. Edwards .... production manager
Andrew V. McLaglen .... unit production manager (as Andrew McLaglen)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nathan Barragar .... assistant director (as Nate Barragar)
John Ford .... second unit director (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Joe LaBella .... propertyman (as Joseph La Bella)
 
Sound Department
Nicolás de la Rosa .... sound dialogue recording
Nicolás de la Rosa .... sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Al Gonzales .... special effects (as Al Gonzalez)
 
Stunts
X Brands .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hayward .... stunt double: John Wayne (uncredited)
Fred Kennedy .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Krone .... stunts (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons .... stunts (uncredited)
Frank McGrath .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Rose .... stunts (uncredited)
Bobby Somers .... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Wilson .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack N. Young .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Don Christie .... stills
Leonard J. South .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Carl Walker .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
Emil Newman .... musical director (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Sam Freedle .... script supervisor
Philip Kieffer .... technical advisor (as Major Philip Kieffer)
'Chema' Hernandez .... head wrangler: Mexico (uncredited)
Rudd Weatherwax .... dog trainer (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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MPAA:
Rated PG for western violence
Runtime:
83 min
Country:
Color:
Color (WarnerColor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1954) | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | UK:U (passed with cuts) | USA:PG | USA:Approved (PCA #16575) | West Germany:12 (nf)

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Trivia:
John Ford directed the climactic battle scenes at the end of the movie, according to a special feature on the 2005 DVD release. Apparently director John Farrow had to leave to start another film commitment and Ford took over. His work was uncredited.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: 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: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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Rio Lobo (1970)See more »

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16 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
One of the best of the Duke's films, 9 July 1999
Author: Marta from United States

A hard, tight little film that John Wayne dominates. He was especially good at playing repressed, closed off heroes. In Hondo, he is the title character, a white who was raised by Indians and discriminated against by them because he's not indian, but distrusted by the whites also because of his Indian sympathies.

This was the only John Wayne movie filmed in 3D; it's been shown several times on network TV that way. It's a great film no matter how you watch it. One of the important Wayne films, simply because he's so good in it.

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