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Hud (1963)

Not Rated | | Drama | 29 May 1963 (USA)
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 »

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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

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

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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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$10,000,000, 29 May 1963
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

According to Melvyn Douglas, the atmosphere was amiable and professional but not a laughter-filled set, thanks largely to the inward nature of the cast. He described Paul Newman as "shy, almost withdrawn" and said Patricia Neal was an "internal" person dealing with difficulty in her own life (including a stormy marriage to writer Roald Dahl and the recent death of her seven-year-old daughter). He described Brandon De Wilde as "moody, often to the point of being sullen" and frequently distracted in a manner typical of many young people. See more »

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Quotes

[first lines]
Lonnie Bannon: OK, thanks for the lift.
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In the Sweet By-and-By
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Man running head into wall
24 November 2004 | by PamsanalystSee all my reviews

In another review of Hud, someone says that he or she saw all the story needed from the first fifteen minutes, but that is the great art of this film. No one changes; there is no moment when Hud is struck down like Saul, on his way to town, and shown the error of his ways. He and Homer continue to butt their heads against the proverbial wall. Homer doesn't magically revive as he lays by the side of the road, and there is no phony deathbed reconciliation. One shudders to think of the mess that would be made out of this story today. Inspirational music would pour from the speakers; Hud would promise to do well by his father and on returning home from the funeral, he would find Patricia Neal had returned, while deWilde and he agreed to work the ranch together. Sometimes I wonder if director Ritt chose black and white so he would not be tempted to close the story on a more upbeat note.

It is a debatable question whether Hud, or McMurtry's other masterpiece, Last Picture Show, could be made today. Studios don't like 'downers;' they don't fill the multiplexes and bring in the 50M gross weekends.

The casting is inspired; Newman and deWilde do look like the offspring of Douglas. Maybe it's the cowboy hats that do it, but there is a flintiness to their eyes that binds them. Neal is simply beautiful in a way that many will never understand. Watch the performances, and note how each person makes room for the others. There is only four of them, so it is not an ensemble, but Newman is especially good at avoiding the scenery chewing that so many posters here confuse with good acting.

This rates a true 10.


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