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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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Taglines:

The man with the barbed wire soul! See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Paul Newman played the part of Hud as a villain. He was later stunned that so many young moviegoers had a poster of Hud and viewed him as their hero. See more »

Goofs

After Hud hits the guy at the bar, he takes a swig from his bottle-in-bag, which is on the bar, but which he had left at the table. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Lonnie Bannon: OK, thanks for the lift.
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Connections

Featured in The 75th Annual Academy Awards (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

The Great Titanic (It Was Sad When That Great Ship Went Down)
(uncredited) (ca 1915)
American folk song
Sung a cappella by Paul Newman and Brandon De Wilde
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Forget Paul Newman and focus on Melvyn Douglas
18 July 2007 | by krdementSee all my reviews

As a native of West Texas, I think this film is one of the finest in American cinema. You don't watch a movie - you experience a real time and place. I happen to love a bunch of Paul Newman's films (The 3 H's - Hud, Hombre and Harper; Cool Hand Luke; The Sting; The Hustler; The Color of Money...), but I'm not what you'd call a rabid fan. I think he is compelling, but has a fairly limited range. He is perfect in this role, but it isn't much different from The Hustler or Cool Hand Luke. However, watching Melvyn Douglas is like watching somebody that Marty Ritt pulled off of some ranch and filmed in his daily life. His performance is absolutely dead- on. The gravelly drawl, the old boy shuffle, his expression - the way his eyes take in the landscape or gaze intently into a bowl of ice cream while Hud talks - all incredibly REAL! I KNOW those old guys!

Melvyn Douglas is a truly under-appreciated American acting genius whose career spanned over 5 decades. His range is tremendous. This is the same honey-tongued actor who is the perfect comic foil to Garbo's Ninotchka in the '30's (In fact, he is one of her only REPEAT leading men!) And his bluster-filled performance in I Never Sang for My Father (with another modern great, Gene Hackman) is also out of this world! Other commentators have addressed Hud's multi-faceted story and the incredible B&W cinematography. All wonderful - but the next time you watch this true American classic, focus on Douglas' Oscar-winning performance. You will be amazed! (And remind yourself of some of the early roles in romantic comedies - Ninotchka, That Uncertain Feeling, This Thing Called Love or Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House - this same actor performed so well.)


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