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- Original Theatrical Trailer
- Subtitles: English
- Rated: Not Rated
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 23 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: October 11, 2005
- Originally Released: 1953
- Label: Paramount
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround - English
- Dolby Digital Mono - English
- Additional Release Material:
- Audio Commentary: Leonard Maltin - Film Cirtic, Frank Thompson - Western Historian, Lee Aaker
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- Batjac Teaser
- Special Introduction by Leonard Maltin
- THE MAKING OF HONDO
- PROFILE: JAMES EDWARD GRANT
- THE JOHN WAYNE STOCK COMPANY: WARD BOND
- From The Batjac Vaults
- Photo Galleries
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Performer:||Rodolfo Acosta, Lee Aaker, Paul Fix, Tom Irish, Geraldine Page, Ward Bond, Michael Pate, James Arness, Leo Gordon & Rayford Barnes|
|Directed by||John Farrow|
|Edited by||Ralph Dawson|
|Screenwriting by||James Edward Grant|
|Composition by||Hugo Friedhofer & Alfred Newman|
|Story by||Louis L'Amour|
|Produced by||John Wayne & Robert Fellows|
|Director of Photography:||Archie Stout & Robert Burks|
Aside from the films of Howard Hawks and John Ford, this is arguably John Wayne's best and most beloved Western Full Review
Rating: A- -- A superb offbeat Western, set in the New Mexico of 1874. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
...One of the Holy Grail video titles -- a box office hit that pops up on every consumer wish-list....[Page] got a supporting Oscar nomination in her screen debut here...
Rating: 7/10 -- ...an intelligent yet thrilling film, long on talk but with sufficient derring-do to satisfy most fans of the Western genre. Full Review
Rating: 3/4 -- Stands out as one of Wayne's best-remembered features, a smooth Western co-produced by Wayne and shot at the tail end of the '50s 3-D craze. [Blu-ray] Full Review
Rating: B -- Directed by John Farrow in 3-D, this Western resembles George Stevens' Shane (released few months earlier), based on the premise that to become a real man every boy needs a father (biological or surrogate); the film marks Geraldine Page's screen debut Full Review
Description by OLDIES.com:
Apache war drums sound ominous warning for an isolated female rancher and her young son in this exciting and memorable John Wayne classic. Wayne plays Hondo Lane, a cavalry rider who becomes the designated protector of the strong-willed Angie Lowe (Geraldine Page) as well as a father figure to her boy, Johnny (Lee Aaker). Angie, determinedly awaiting the return of her brutish husband (Leo Gordon), refuses to leave their homestead despite the growing danger from nearby warring Native American tribes. And she finds herself growing more and more enthralled with this stranger, Hondo - a man hardened by experience but still capable of sympathy, kindness and love. Ward Bond, Michael Pate, James Arness and Rodolfo Acosta co-star; Page received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in this, one of her best film roles.
Based on the Louis L'Amour story "The Gift of Cochise," this sparkling western has Wayne as a half-Indian Cavalry scout who, with his feral dog companion, finds a young woman and her son living on a isolated ranch in unfriendly Apache country. A poetic and exciting script, outstanding performances, and breathtaking scenery make this an indisputable classic.
Adventure | Classic | Indians | Race Relations | Love Story | Animal Heroes | Recommended | Theatrical Release
- MPI Home Video's videocassette #7021 is from a restored print.
- Copyright 1953 Batjac Productions, Inc.
- Filmed in WarnerColor; in 3-D.
- Filmed on location in Carmargo, Mexico.