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John 'Hombre' Russell is a white man raised by the Apaches on an Indian reservation and later by a white man in town. As an adult he prefers to live on the reservation. He is informed that he has inherited a lodging-house in the town. He goes to the town and decides to trade the place for a herd. He has to go to another city. The only stagecoach is one being hired for a special trip paid by Faver and his wife Audra. As there are several seats others join the stagecoach making seven very different passengers in all. During the journey they are robbed. With the leadership of John Russell they escape with little water and the money that the bandits want. They are pursued by the bandits. As they try to evade the bandits they reveal their true nature in a life threatening situation. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Bill G. Walsall England
In the first scene in the stagecoach station Hombre (Newman) is sitting at a table drinking mescal with the owner of the way station. Two of Hombre's Apache friends are standing at the middle of the bar drinking mescal when two cowboys come into the station and stand at the bar between the two Apaches and Hombre's table. The camera angle from the right of the two Apaches pointed to the two cowboys and clearly shows Hombre's table empty. When the camera angle switches from Hombre's table toward the cowboys and Apaches at the bar, Hombre's table is clearly occupied. See more »
[after going through Favor's luggage and taking out the money]
Looks like you did good and we did better.
That was pretty smart, billin' the government for food for the Indians and then keepin' the money while them poor Indians starve to death.
You know, the thing is; he ought to be over here with us instead of standin' over there
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Paul Newman did a whole bunch of films with Director Martin Ritt and Hombre, one lean and mean western ranks as one of the best.
Newman is John Russell, the ultimate in the Stockholm Syndrome in the western film. He's a man who was kidnapped by the Apaches as a child, raised among them, and then when he was rescued from the Apaches, turned his back on his rescuers and went back to live among them. The opening of the film has some closeup shots of Newman as an Apache and he does look like a figure of interest with those baby blue eyes of his. The viewer is already involved, this is a person of interest, there's a story here, let's find out about him.
Circumstance has put him on a coach with several other passengers, including the Indian agent at the San Carlos Reservation, Fredric March and his wife Barbara Rush. Unbeknownst to everyone else, March has embezzled a whole stash of money from the tribe and is on the run, like Berton Churchill in Stagecoach. Of course Churchill is not taking his young pretty wife along with him.
The outlaws led by Richard Boone know about the loot and they ambush the coach, but the holdup is unsuccessful. Nevertheless the passengers are left afoot with the loot, but limited water on the Arizona desert.
It falls to Newman to lead them to safety, a guy they had previously snubbed. Hombre gets deliciously ironic that way.
Next to Newman, I'd say the best performance in the film is easily that of Diane Cilento, the very wise and earthy boarding house keeper. She's one experienced with life woman who if everyone heeded it would have been better all around.
Why are they with Newman, cause he can cut it. And as a film, Hombre definitely cuts it.
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