John Russell, disdained by his "respectable" fellow stagecoach passengers because he was raised by Native Americans, becomes their only hope for survival when they are set upon by outlaws.

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Martin Ritt

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Irving Ravetch (screenplay), Harriet Frank Jr. (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Paul Newman ... John Russell
Fredric March ... Favor
Richard Boone ... Grimes
Diane Cilento ... Jessie
Cameron Mitchell ... Braden
Barbara Rush ... Audra Favor
Peter Lazer Peter Lazer ... Billy Lee
Margaret Blye ... Doris
Martin Balsam ... Henry Mendez
Skip Ward ... Steve Early
Frank Silvera ... Mexican Bandit
David Canary ... Lamar Dean
Val Avery ... Delgado
Larry Ward ... Soldier
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John 'Hombre' Russell is a white man raised by the Apaches on an Indian reservation and later by a white man in town. As an adult he prefers to live on the reservation. He is informed that he has inherited a lodging-house in the town. He goes to the town and decides to trade the place for a herd. He has to go to another city. The only stagecoach is one being hired for a special trip paid by Faver and his wife Audra. As there are several seats others join the stagecoach making seven very different passengers in all. During the journey they are robbed. With the leadership of John Russell they escape with little water and the money that the bandits want. They are pursued by the bandits. As they try to evade the bandits they reveal their true nature in a life threatening situation. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Bill G. Walsall England

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Hombre means MAN... Paul Newman is HOMBRE!

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Western

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When Doris asks Mrs. Favor what her perfume costs, Mrs. Favor replies "The best years of your life". Fredric March, who plays her husband, Dr. Favor, had starred in "The Best Years of Our Lives" (1946). See more »

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The horse the bandito is riding has a snap to connect the throatlatch. None of the bridles of that day would have used snaps as they had not been invented at that time. See more »

Quotes

Jessie: And we got him a marble headstone. It had his name on it, and underneath, we had them put, "In the Fullness of His Years." Is that all right with you?
John Russell: I'd settle for that on my own slide.
Jessie: Well, what do you figure yours is going to read?
John Russell: Shot Dead, probably.
Jessie: Don't people take to you, Mr. Russell?
John Russell: It only takes one who doesn't.
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My Favorite Western
3 May 2005 | by richardrush536See all my reviews

This was a great production, with a fantastic cast, unforgettable script and an excellent director and cinematographer. My hat goes off to Paul Newman for taking a role that goes against his normally expected "cutesy" performances and portraying a character we all wish we could be more like. I will also applaud the performances of Diane Cilento, Frederick March, and Richard Boone. You all "can cut it".

When "Hombre" was released, it received mixed reviews especially in the foreign markets. I really have a hard time believing this considering it's competition. I love a good western and I have always had a problem with foreign made "spahgetti westerns" and never understood the popularity of "Fistful of Dollars" or "The Good, Bad and the Ugly". Not taking anything away from Clint Eastwood (because his presence was the only thing that saved those films), but there was no credible dialog or memorable cliché's to ever make me want to watch them more than once.

In my mind this has to be one of the top five westerns ever made and ranks up there with "High Noon" or "Stagecoach". It always amazes me that people can criticize the performance of Paul Newman. I have a hard time envisioning anyone else that could have delivered as good a performance. (Possibly Gary Cooper} Newman has made many great films and just because he is so handsome, we have a hard time relating to him as the cold, unpretentious, supporter of the weak as was John Russell.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 March 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Redington, Arizona, USA See more »

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$5,860,000 (estimated)
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

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2.39 : 1
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