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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
John Russell's sidearm during the film is a Colt Single Action Army revolver with a 7" barrel. However, in the final scene where Russell is on the ground exchanging shots with the vaquero the revolver has changed to a modern (and not yet invented) large frame double action revolver. See more »
[noticing Braden with Grimes' gang]
Frank, what are you doin'?
Goin' bad, honey.
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This was a great production, with a fantastic cast, unforgettable script and an excellent director and cinematographer. My hat goes off to Paul Newman for taking a role that goes against his normally expected "cutesy" performances and portraying a character we all wish we could be more like. I will also applaud the performances of Diane Cilento, Frederick March, and Richard Boone. You all "can cut it".
When "Hombre" was released, it received mixed reviews especially in the foreign markets. I really have a hard time believing this considering it's competition. I love a good western and I have always had a problem with foreign made "spahgetti westerns" and never understood the popularity of "Fistful of Dollars" or "The Good, Bad and the Ugly". Not taking anything away from Clint Eastwood (because his presence was the only thing that saved those films), but there was no credible dialog or memorable cliché's to ever make me want to watch them more than once.
In my mind this has to be one of the top five westerns ever made and ranks up there with "High Noon" or "Stagecoach". It always amazes me that people can criticize the performance of Paul Newman. I have a hard time envisioning anyone else that could have delivered as good a performance. (Possibly Gary Cooper} Newman has made many great films and just because he is so handsome, we have a hard time relating to him as the cold, unpretentious, supporter of the weak as was John Russell.
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