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Hombre (1967)

Approved | | Western | 21 March 1967 (USA)
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John Russell, disdained by his "respectable" fellow stagecoach passengers because he was raised by Indians, becomes their only hope for survival when they are set upon by outlaws.

Director:

Martin Ritt

Writers:

Irving Ravetch (screenplay), Harriet Frank Jr. (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Paul Newman ... John Russell
Fredric March ... Favor
Richard Boone ... Grimes
Diane Cilento ... Jessie
Cameron Mitchell ... Braden
Barbara Rush ... Audra Favor
Peter Lazer Peter Lazer ... Billy Lee
Margaret Blye ... Doris
Martin Balsam ... Henry Mendez
Skip Ward ... Steve Early
Frank Silvera ... Mexican Bandit
David Canary ... Lamar Dean
Val Avery ... Delgado
Larry Ward ... Soldier
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Hombre means MAN... Paul Newman is HOMBRE!

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 March 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Man nannte ihn Hombre See more »

Filming Locations:

Redington, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,860,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Hombre Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The photo in the closing credits of the film was taken in 1886 by Camillus Fly, the famous Tombstone (AZ) photographer. The white boy in the photo is Jimmy (Santiago) McKinn, captured by the Apaches in 1885. Like the Paul Newman character in the film, McKinn was totally assimilated in the tribe and was rescued against his will when Geronimo surrendered in 1886. See more »

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All the men's trousers had belt loops, which wouldn't begin being used until the 1920s. See more »

Quotes

Grimes: Mister, you've got alot of hard bark on you walkin' down here like this. Now, I owe you. You put two holes in me.
John Russell: Usually enough for most of 'em.
Grimes: Don't try it again, that Vaquero is more than a fair hand.
Grimes: You got the money?
John Russell: Guess I brought my dirty laundry down by mistake.
Grimes: Let me see it.
John Russell: Look for yourself.
Grimes: [opens bag, pulls out a handful of clothes] Well now, what'ya suppose hell's gonna look like?
John Russell: We all die, just a question of when.
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My Favorite Western
3 May 2005 | by richardrush536See all my reviews

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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