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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.


Martin Ritt


Irving Ravetch (screenplay), Harriet Frank Jr. (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
3,318 ( 3,135)
Won 3 Oscars. Another 13 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »





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 ... 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


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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Newman means action! See more »


Drama | Western


Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


The novel "Exodus" is briefly but clearly visible on the paperback rack in the pharmacy scene. Paul Newman had starred in the film of the novel (Exodus (1960)) three years earlier. See more »


As Lon exits diner in opening scene, radio announcer says time is "6:26" a.m. - but lack of long shadows clearly identifies time as near noon. See more »


[first lines]
Lonnie Bannon: OK, thanks for the lift.
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A Hard Western Look
20 April 2018 | by terencebellsSee all my reviews

I knew I had seen it, I had a black and white James Wong Howe Cinemascope memory and Paul Newman's body language. How he walks, how he stands. I remember thinking that Jake Gyllenhaal had borrowed that physicality for his character in "Brokeback Mountain" and I just realized that Larry McMurtry is the author of both "Brokeback Mountain" and "Hud". He provides us with a look into the modern cowboy that is not only unique but mesmerizing. Paul Newman's Hud is a cad and yet you feel we sense that behind the bravado hides a desperate man looking for something. Something personal and unspoken. Hud is one of my favorite Newman performances. Soulless and yet needy. Is it a coincidence that the only woman that"got away" from Hud is named Alma? - Alma in Spanish means soul - Alma is played by Patricia Neal with power and humanity and she won the Oscar for it. Melvyn Douglas also won the Oscar for his superb performance and Brandon de Wilde deserved one of his own. He is extraordinary. Hud has become an important film in my life and in future viewings in years to come I may discover why.

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Release Date:

29 May 1963 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Vernon, Texas, USA See more »


Box Office


$2,500,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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