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  • Actors: John Wayne, Geraldine Page, Ward Bond, Michael Pate, James Arness
  • Directors: John Farrow
  • Writers: James Edward Grant, Louis L'Amour
  • Producers: John Wayne, Robert Fellows
  • Format: Collector's Edition, Color, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Special Edition, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Paramount
  • Release Date: Oct. 11 2005
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000ANVPP6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,052 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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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. Page'S Debut.


Although scarcely seen in its original 3-D, and entirely out of sight for a decade and a half after its producer-star died, Hondo has maintained a high rep among John Wayne fans--and it wasn't even directed by Howard Hawks or John Ford. (Actually, Ford did shoot some second-unit stuff while visiting Wayne on location.) Half-breed Hondo, companioned only by an antisocial dog, tends to be more sympathetic toward the Apaches than toward the white society he occasionally scouts for. He falls into uneasy friendship with a New Mexico farmwoman (Geraldine Page) whose husband deserts her for long stretches, and whose son (Lee Aaker) is blood brother to the local Apache chieftain. A good, spare frontier tale--Louis L'Amour via James Edward (Angel and the Badman) Grant--in which danger and solace come in unexpected ways. John Farrow, who did direct, brings it in at a lean 84 minutes. Page was Oscar®-nominated for this first film role. --Richard T. Jameson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By Marcia TOP 500 REVIEWER on Aug. 1 2006
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I am a John Wayne fan to the point I wrote a paper in University for my History of Film class featuring the movies of John Ford and Howard Hawks featuring John Wayne. While this is directed by John Farrow it follow's closely Ford's style. It is the first of his movies to show the Apache as a community with cultural differences, not as the 'bad guys'. The Apache are different from the caucasion interloper, but still of value as shown in the end when the ever-popular Ward Bond who Wayne used as a support actor in many of his movies, says: "There goes the Apache way of life". To which Wayne responds in his less-is-better way of speacking, "Too bad. Good way."

There is also romance. The scene when Wayne tell Geraldine Page "I can smell you when I'm down wind of you and I'm only half Indian" is well-written and moving. This movie is the quinessential gunfighter coming to the end of his way of life and settling down.

It follows the format of Shane in many ways as the gunfigher walks alone out of the desert into the world of the homesteader and tries to change his wandering way of life to fit into the settled way of life. Shane rides away alone having failed, but Hondo rides away with 'the girl'integrated into the settled way of life. It has all the western ingredients: a fight scene, a battle with the Apache, romance, and John's Wayne's honest, forthright style as a hero.

In Hondo he's a little like Ringo in Stagecoach, the film that made his career. This is my favourite John Wayne movie and I reccommend it for all generations. I bought it for my granddaughter who thinks of John Wayne as the perfect father-figure and my daughter who assures John Wayne is HOT in this movie. If your a fan of GOOD westerns this one is a gem! You'll want it for your collection.
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This exciting and colorful 3D film was released over 50 years ago and remains an enjoyable action adventure today. With its distinctive peppermint-striped titles, "Hondo" is John Wayne's film and he is the title character who rides out of the desert to come to the aid of a young woman and her boy at their isolated ranch against the backdrop of Apache smoke signals and war drums. Hondo Lane is drawn to the plain yet steely Angie Lowe who is also interested in the dusty stranger but refuses to leave her ranch, instead choosing to wait for her ne'er-do-well husband who has abandoned them to their fate in Apache land. The film has a matter-of-fact approach in the relationship between Lane and Angie, and although there is tension between them in the beginning, Angie is convinced of the stranger's sincerity and is keenly aware that Johnny enjoys the man's presence on their ranch. Johnny's character is a key part of the film's plot as both Lane and Apache leader Vittorio seek to guide him towards manhood with the values of their very different social mores. The Apaches are presented as a fierce but proud people, as personified by Vittorio, who adopts Johnny as a blood brother because of the bravery and courage he displays in protecting his mother from the menacing sub-chief Silva. The battle scenes are exciting and colorful, with the blue and yellow cavalry colors contrasting with the dusty, brown-skinned calico-shirted warriors mounted on all manner of striking ponies against bright blue skies and thick, fluffy clouds. The sound effects during the battles, of whistling bullets and whizzing arrows striking their targets, are realistic and superb. The movie was filmed in Camargo, Mexico, an arid desert country studded with isolated, cone-shaped mesas, and the music score has a heroic quality that smoothly underscores the action sequences.
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This movie was much better than I expected, in that it has some real human beings dealing with some genuinely touching issues, mainly about honesty. Hondo is primarily a character study, focusing on John Wayne, Geraldine Page, and an Apache war chief, and their bizarre triangle of friendship and honor during the Indian wars. Hondo is one of the Duke's most macho roles - he's tougher and more unbending than I've ever seen him before. Countering this is Page's terrible performance in a typically sexist role for a 1950's western ("A woman should know how to cook," booms the Duke like a commandment). As their love grows, they argue about honesty... Wayne in typical Duke-ish fashion refuses to tell even a white lie. Yet, in the end, 3 lies are told, one to save Wayne's life, one to save their love, and another to prevent Page's son from growing up with the true knowledge of his scoundrel father (which we today know is a bad idea). Still, Hondo's unbending honesty also saves their lives from the Apaches, so we are left with a well-rounded, *adult* view of honesty that still holds its relevance today.
I'm not sure why people complain about "realism" in these old movies - the Duke shoes his own horses right on film, no detail missed, as if he'd been doing it for years. You'd never see that from an actor today! The Apache indians are all played by Apache indians (including the leading roles) and their characters are all faithful to history. Perhaps our modern "notion" of realism has changed. The film has that washed-out nostalgic look in its coloring, but that was due to the technology of the time. Of course, bad actors from the 1950's all seem to perform with the same annoying pace and vocal style, but I'm sure our modern equivallents will become apparent in 50 years, too. A fine Wayne film.
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