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Hondo (1953)

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

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Hondo Lane
... Angie Lowe
... Buffalo Baker
... Vittorio
... Lennie
... Silva
... Ed Lowe
... Lt. McKay
... Johnny Lowe
... 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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Hot Blooded With The Heat Of The Plains That Bred Him, Silent As Gunsmoke, A Stranger To All But The Surly Dog At His Side... See more »

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Drama | Romance | War | Western

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Rated PG for western violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 November 1953 (USA)  »

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They Called Him Hondo  »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,100,000, 31 December 1953
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Motion Picture Story, but the nomination was disqualified by Louis L'Amour, who asserted that his short story was not an original motion picture story. See more »

Goofs

The brim on Hondo's hat changes how it is bent, up or down, from one shot to the next. See more »

Quotes

Hondo Lane: You baked today. Smell fresh bread on you. And top of that you smell all over like a woman, rich and warm and soft. I could find you in the dark Mrs. Lowe.
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Crazy Credits

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

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Spin-off Hondo (1967) See more »

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This film is the most faithful to the book of any I have ever seen.
27 September 2003 | by See all my reviews

This film was the most faithful, to the book, of any I have ever seen. It is based on one of Louis L'amour's early western novels, and the first to be made into a film. Aside from Vittorio wearing war paint all the time, the only part which was not really faithful to the book was the final battle where the stereotypical Hollywood Indian battle was substituted for the manner in which Apaches actually fought.

Louis L'amour was the most successful western novelist in history, having sold more than a quarter of a billion books before his death in 1988. Reading the book, Hondo, I often suspected it had been written with John Wayne in mind as Hondo Lane. I cannot picture Glenn Ford as Hondo, as was originally planed.

Much of the dialog was taken directly from the book although much was omitted, and every significant character made it from the book to the film. The only significant negatives were: 1) the fact that the story was condensed into 83 minutes instead of the 100 to 120 minutes, which would have permitted development of some of the minor characters; and 2) the apparent absence of a competent director. Think how much better it might have been if John Ford had directed it. Actually, both my complaints probably boil down to the same thing.


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