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

Directed by: John Farrow Nathan Barragar Sam Freedle
Genres: Western,
Production Company: Warner Bros. Pictures, Batjac Productions, Wayne-Fellows Productions,

Hondo - Out of the gun smoke into her heart! - Azwaad Movie Database
  • Release Date: 27-11-1953
  • Runtime: 84 Minutes
  • Popularity: 14.23
  • Vote Count: 157
  • IMDB Rating: 6.7
  • Budget: USD 0
  • Revenue: USD 0
  • Region: United States of America ( US ),
  • Homepage: N/A

Photo Name Character
John Wayne - Azwaad Movie Database John Wayne Hondo Lane
Geraldine Page - Azwaad Movie Database Geraldine Page Angie Lowe
Ward Bond - Azwaad Movie Database Ward Bond Bufallo Baker
Michael Pate - Azwaad Movie Database Michael Pate Vittorio
Rodolfo Acosta - Azwaad Movie Database Rodolfo Acosta Silva
James Arness - Azwaad Movie Database James Arness Lennie
Tom Irish - Azwaad Movie Database Tom Irish Lt. McKay
Lee Aaker - Azwaad Movie Database Lee Aaker Johnny Lowe
Paul Fix - Azwaad Movie Database Paul Fix Major Sherry
Frank McGrath - Azwaad Movie Database Frank McGrath Lowes Partner
Photo Name Department
Robert Burks-Camera Robert Burks Camera (Director of Photography)
John Wayne-Production John Wayne Production (Producer)
Hugo Friedhofer-Sound Hugo Friedhofer Sound (Original Music Composer)
Alfred Ybarra-Art Alfred Ybarra Art (Art Direction)
Archie Stout-Camera Archie Stout Camera (Director of Photography)
John Farrow-Directing John Farrow Directing (Director)
Louis L'Amour-Writing Louis L'Amour Writing (Story)
James Edward Grant-Writing James Edward Grant Writing (Screenplay)
Robert Fellows-Production Robert Fellows Production (Producer)
Ralph Dawson-Editing Ralph Dawson Editing (Editor)

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John Chard

A man oughta do what he thinks is right. Leonard Maltin proudly does the intro for the DVD special edition of Hondo, his regard for the film is obvious. Maltin, who also provides a commentary track for the film, muses on the importance of Hondo in light of the 50s tonal shift in the Western genre. A time when the Western cast off its one dimensional approach of cowboy/cavalry heroes slaughtering the enemy (Indians) purely as an entertainment medium. But is Hondo any good? And is it also worthy of being mentioned in the same breath as Delmer Daves'-Broken Arrow (Maltin again) which ushered in the 50s with a bold and poignant crack of the whip? The answer to both questions possibly depends on how much you enjoy John Wayne movies in the first place. Here The Duke, playing a half bred Indian it should be noted, is wonderfully framed amongst the Camargo, Chihuahua (Mexico) location. The plot (starting off like Shane, released the same year) follows an interesting course, requiring Hondo to ultimately protect those he has fell in for, while simultaneously understanding his enemy since his blood contains the very same. Also of interest is that Hondo has very much become a solitary man of the wilderness, so when his emotions lean towards love and fatherly instincts, it makes for a nice bit of in character confliction. Something that Wayne delivers with much conviction. Geraldine Page was Oscar nominated for her role as Angie, and rightly so as well. Strong-willed and waiting out of loyalty for her thuggish husband Ed (Leo Gordon) to return to the family home. Angie herself is conflicted by her regard for the Apache and the stirrings brought about by Hondo's considerable masculine presence. Especially when a revelation later in the piece calls for her to decide her life course. All of which gives Page the license to feed off Wayne's presence, to which it provides great interplay that makes the film a potent and intriguing character piece. Stock players such as Ward Bond and James Arness aren't given much to do, and due to the film having originally being shot in 3D, the thrusts at the screen by various weapons are more quirky than impacting. But still, backed up by a fine score from Hugo Friedhofer and containing a rousing battle laden finale (apparently filmed by John Ford as director John Farrow had been called elsewhere), Hondo is a cinematic treat for like minded individuals. It's not as important as Maltin and many others would have us believe, but that doesn't stop it being an essential watch for fans of Wayne, Page and particularly those into Westerns in general. 7/10

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Though the premiss here is hardly original, I still found this to be one of John Wayne's better efforts. He is the eponymous army rider who happens on a remote ranch inhabited by "Angie" (Geraldine Page) and her young son "Johnny" (Lee Aaker) who appear to have been deserted by her husband. He knows that the local Mescalero Apache are disgruntled because the army have broken the truce, but cannot persuade them to leave their home. His visit to the nearby fort confirms his suspicions and after a deadly altercation with her husband on his way back to the ranch, he encounters the warring natives who - luckily for him - have taken the family under the protection of their chief "Vittorio" (Michael Pate). His death, however, changes that dynamic and now "Hondo" must reconcile his need to protect his new family with his decency towards the wronged Apache. It's short and sweet, this. There is plenty of action to keep it flowing along quickly and Page injects quite a bit of grit and determination into her character that is well complemented by a confident young Aaker. Ward Bond crops up now and again, but it's clearly just a vehicle for the star, and he does well enough.

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