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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
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[Grimes lights a cigar]
Smoke bother you?
Would you put it out if I said it did?
Oh, yeah. My momma taught me to remove my hat and my cigar in the presence of a lady. Whatever else I take off depends on how lucky I get.
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"I got one question. How you gonna get down that hill?"
Superbly written and acted, Hombre is one of the two or three best end-of-the-West Westerns ever made.
Based on the Elmore Leonard novel and starring Paul Newman, Hombre is the story of John Russell, a white man raised by Apaches forced by circumstances to be responsible for the lives of a group of people who despise him.
Dr. Faver: You've learned something about white people. They stick together. John Russell: They better.
Newman is sterling as Russell, whose sense of honor puts him into a no-win situation, and whose tenacity will not allow him to back off. Richard Boone was rarely better than as Cicero Grimes, who matches Russell, steely-eyed glare for steely-eyed glare. His performance here is on par with his portrayal of gang-leader John Fain in Big Jake, just a few years later.
Grimes: Well, now. Now what do you suppose hell is gonna look like? Russell: We all die. It's just a question of when.
Also outstanding are Diane Cilento, Barbara Rush, and Martin Balsam. A strong performance by character actor Frank Silvera as an unnamed Mexican bandit is one of the film's many gems.
Russell: (after wounding the Bandit)I would have done better, but I think you moved. Bandit: You can be sure I moved!
The magnificently desolate northern Arizona desert becomes an additional character in the film.
If you are looking for the ultimate tough-guy film, you need look no further than Hombre.
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