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Hud (1963)

Not Rated | | Drama, Western | 29 May 1963 (USA)
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Honest and hard-working Texas rancher Homer Bannon has a conflict with his unscrupulous, selfish, arrogant and egotistical son Hud, who sank into alcoholism after accidentally killing his brother in a car crash.

Director:

Martin Ritt

Writers:

Irving Ravetch (screenplay), Harriet Frank Jr. (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Won 3 Oscars. Another 13 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Newman ... Hud Bannon
Melvyn Douglas ... Homer Bannon
Patricia Neal ... Alma Brown
Brandon De Wilde ... Lonnie Bannon (as Brandon de Wilde)
Whit Bissell ... Mr. Burris
Crahan Denton ... Jesse
John Ashley ... Hermy
Val Avery ... Jose
George Petrie ... Joe Scanlon
Curt Conway Curt Conway ... Truman Peters
Sheldon Allman Sheldon Allman ... Mr. Thompson
Pitt Herbert ... Mr. Larker
Carl Low Carl Low ... Mr. Kirby
Robert Hinkle Robert Hinkle ... Rodeo Announcer Frank
Don Kennedy Don Kennedy ... Charlie Tucker
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Storyline

Hud Bannon is a ruthless young man who tarnishes everything and everyone he touches. Hud represents the perfect embodiment of alienated youth, out for kicks with no regard for the consequences. There is bitter conflict between the callous Hud and his stern and highly principled father, Homer. Hud's nephew Lon admires Hud's cheating ways, though he soon becomes aware of Hud's reckless amorality to bear him anymore. In the world of the takers and the taken, Hud is a winner. He's a cheat, but, he explains "I always say the law was meant to be interpreted in a lenient manner." Written by alfiehitchie

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Genres:

Drama | Western

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 May 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El indomable See more »

Filming Locations:

Vernon, Texas, USA See more »

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Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

While on location in Texas, Paul Newman dove into his role by living like the other hands on the ranch where they were filming-sharing meals, sleeping in the bunkhouse, working until his hands became callused. He studied their mannerisms and the way they walked and put it into the character of Hud. See more »

Goofs

After Hud hits the guy at the bar, he takes a swig from his bottle-in-bag, which is on the bar, but which he had left at the table. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Lonnie Bannon: OK, thanks for the lift.
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Connections

Featured in The 40th Annual Academy Awards (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

In the Sweet By-and-By
(1868) (uncredited)
By J.P. Webster & S. Fillmore Bennett
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No One Gets Out Of Life Alive
1 February 2005 | by LechuguillaSee all my reviews

Those are the nihilistic words of Hud Bannon, the swaggering antihero in the Martin Ritt directed film "Hud", set amid the vast, expansive high plains of West Texas. It's a somber affair.

Hud lives with his elderly father Homer (a wonderfully understated performance by Melvyn Douglas) and nephew Lonnie. Their small, struggling ranch serves not only as a livelihood, but also the source of Homer's ethical values. Another main character is Alma, the attractive housekeeper and cook. For all four of them it's a hard life, but a worthwhile life, at least as Homer sees it. Hud sees it differently. But then Hud is a product of modern times, with differing values from those of Homer and his generation. When a crisis occurs that puts their ranch in jeopardy, these differing values clash, resulting in tension between Hud and his father.

Hud's ongoing rebellion, rooted in heredity and environment, takes the form of booze, brawls, women, and anger. Hud is a heel, but a sympathetic heel. We understand his frustrations. Larry McMurtry's story presents a naturalistic interpretation of human character. Hud is constrained by forces over which he has no control. For him, like for many of us, freedom of choice is mostly an illusion. The morality of absolutes, as expressed by his father, does not work in Hud's favor.

But there's a fifth character in this morality tale ... the land. The bleak, desolate plains with its buzzards, ubiquitous dust, and lonesome vistas can depress the most optimistic spirit. In this film, the monochrome canvas accentuated by James Wong Howe's use of single source lighting makes the natural environment seem appropriately oppressive. And the film's sounds amplify the gritty realism of this unforgiving land.

I have a couple of minor criticisms. The screenplay puts too much emphasis on Alma, given that she is the housekeeper. Second, there's not enough music or humor. Others will disagree, but I would have preferred a more prominent role for the mournful sounds of Hank Williams type music, a la "The Last Picture Show".

Interestingly, Hud's comment on life is the same in meaning as the words spoken years later by a real-life nihilistic antihero, who said: "No one here gets out alive". While we think we know what happened to the real-life antihero, we don't know what became of Hud. Perhaps someday someone will make a credible sequel. Then they can add more music. Imagine the mood evoked by the sight of Hud riding off into the Texas sunset, to the sounds of "Riders On The Storm".


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