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Hondo (1953)

Army dispatch rider Hondo Lane discovers a woman and young son living in the midst of warring Apaches and becomes their protector.

Director:

John Farrow

Writers:

James Edward Grant (screenplay), Louis L'Amour (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Wayne ... Hondo Lane
Geraldine Page ... Angie Lowe
Ward Bond ... Buffalo Baker
Michael Pate ... Vittorio
James Arness ... Lennie
Rodolfo Acosta ... Silva
Leo Gordon ... Ed Lowe
Tom Irish ... Lt. McKay
Lee Aaker ... Johnny Lowe
Paul Fix ... Maj. Sherry
Rayford Barnes ... Pete - Card Player in Saloon
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Storyline

Army scout Hondo Lane (played by John Wayne) stumbles across an isolated homestead in the middle of Apache territory. The inhabitants - a woman and her son - believe they are safe, as there is a treaty with the Apaches. Lane knows better though, as the Army has just broken the treaty, causing the Apache to seek revenge on settlers. Despite being a scout for the US Army, Lane has sympathies for the Apaches, having been married to a native American woman and living with her people for five years. With divided loyalties he now has to tread a fine line. Written by grantss

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Heat of the plains in his veins... the gunfighter's stain on his name, and now a woman's life in his hands! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for western violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

27 November 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

They Called Him Hondo See more »

Filming Locations:

Patagonia, Arizona, USA See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (WarnerColor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The plot line of this movie was loosely based on the story "The Gift of Cochise" (published in 1952) by Louis L'Amour. Hondo Lane bears a striking resemblance to L'Amour's character of Ches Lane. Ed and Angie Lowe appear in the story and the movie. Vittorio, the Apache chief, shares a similar character with the story's version, Cochise. See more »

Goofs

When Hondo grabs Johnny to throw him in the water he is wearing his Indian necklace. When Hondo picks him up and throws him he no longer has it on. See more »

Quotes

Hondo Lane: [At a bar fight] Hey! Those shirts are hard to come by!
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Crazy Credits

Dan Rowan as one of the soldiers underneath a wagon shot during the final attack. See more »

Alternate Versions

In 1991 cable channel TNT showed a special 3-D version of the film. Grocery stores gave away John Wayne 3D glasses for the promotion. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Omnibus: The Horn Blows at Midnight (1953) See more »

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John Wayne as cavalry scout and protecting a defenseless widow and her son against Apaches
13 August 2011 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This exciting Western was released in three dimensional (3-D with some gimmickry) in the 50's, a highly topical exhibition mean , nowadays being successfully going back and including polarized glasses. It was the time when introduced Cinemascope and 3-D to compete with TV and attract people to movie theaters . It deals with Hondo Lane (John Wayne) , a scout for the US cavalry, he meets Angie Lowe (Geraldine Page)and falls in love with her , in this typical and entertaining western of the the 50's . The drumbeats of the Apaches sound a grim warning to a woman living in an isolated farm with her son . Hondo Lane becomes stubborn guard Angie Lowe (Geraldine Page in her first movie character) alarmed about the pending Indian uprising and then he turns into a figure father to her son named Johnny. The homesteader Angie, decided to await the return of his gruff husband, refuses to leave his property in spite of the imminent danger from a nearby Indian tribes. The woman living in the wilderness presumes she is safe because the Apaches (led by Michael Pate and Rodolfo Acosta) , under their leader Vittorio, have always left them alone. Later Lane has a run-in with Angie's reprobate husband (Leo Gordon) and is forced to murder in self-defense, not knowing who he is. Vittorio (Michael Pate) captures Lane and to save his life, Angie tells the Apache chief that Lane is her husband, unaware that Lane has murdered her real husband. In order to protect her from a forced marriage with one of the Apache, Lane reluctantly goes along with the lie and both of them fend off the violent Indians .

This classic western contains thrills , action , fights , brawls , impressive battles and spectacular scenarios . Wayne interpretation is the major plus , he's frankly sensational and awesome. This picture, being filmed in 3-D scenery and that it more attractive and impressive look for the legendary John Wayne whom was a novelty the shooting in this system. Interesting screenplay by James Edward Grant , Western's usual writer , though results to be a variation on ¨Shane¨. The film is a well-made Western with a fine result, a colorful photograph and an enjoyable love story . Furthermore , it shows a human view of the Indians and their relations to the American west settlers. This apparently unknown western was nominated for two Academy Awards, a nomination prize for the magnificent acting by Geraldine Page (her first nomination in her long career), and another for Louis L'Amour, well-known writer of novels set on the wild west. Glamorous and glimmer cinematography in superb Technicolor by Robert Burks (Hitchcock's ordinary) and Archie Stout . Lively and sensible musical score by Hugo Friedhofer . The motion picture is compellingly directed by John Farrow (Big clock , Wake Island , Copper cannon ,Captain Jones , among others) . The film was restored by the John Wayne Society for re-release in 1995 and todays is considered as the Duke at his best . Followed by a short-lived TV series . Rating : Above average .Worthwhile watching and a John Wayne's favourite .


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