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23.976 fps
English 2.0  
Run Time:
111 min
IMDB Rating:
7.4 / 10 
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Movie Description:
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.


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This is a vastly superior western.

A tough, sun bleached western from Martin Ritt, this is well served by fine performances and some tremendous cinematography from James Wong Howe.

John Russell (Newman) is a white man raised by the Apaches, who travels by stagecoach with a group of people whose lives aren't as simple as we first believe. Threatened by bandits, Russell unwillingly leads his fellow passengers towards safety. His moral code is sparse and unforgiving, but he is surrounded by others of a different persuasion, most notably Jessie, played by Diane Cilento. When the bandits hold a passengers wife hostage, Russell's moral code is challenged, and it's his unexpected attachment to Jessie that causes him to behave differently.

Newman and Cilento are excellent. Richard Boone is the perfect counter weight as Cicero Grimes, the principal bandit. Martin Balsam (stagecoach driver) and Frederic March (an Indian agent) make an impression too, as does Frank Silvera (Mexican bandit).

This is a vastly superior western. Superlative work from the stars and an intelligent script, added to the dusty Death Valley location work, create a tense, sparse western well worth watching.

Late Classic Western.

"NOW I OWE YOU!.......YOU PUT TWO HOLES IN ME"! 20 Century Fox's HOMBRE is an excellent and engaging western! Although somewhat unappreciated when it was first released in 1967 it has since gained cult status and is now recognized as a splendid example of the genre. Like the brilliant "The Stalking Moon" made the following year HOMBRE initially suffered from the drop in appeal of westerns with the general public that occurred in the sixties. But now with the production of the western all but extinct and western fans yearning for it to make a meaningful return (sans inane revisionist remakes like the awful "3 Ten To Yuma") - Hollywood's past efforts at producing them in the forties, fifties and sixties have gained considerable popularity with a younger generation. This has resulted in the works of John Ford, Raoul Walsh, Anthony Mann, Delmer Daves, Budd Boetticher and Henry Hathaway becoming just about as popular today as they were all those years ago. From a fine novel by Elmore Leonard HOMBRE was brilliantly written for the screen by Irving Ravitch and Harriet Frank. Produced by Ravitch and Martin Ritt it was beautifully photographed in Panavision and Deluxe colour in the mountains of Arizona by veteran genius cinematographer James Wong Howe ("King's Row"/"Body & Soul") and was masterfully directed by the underrated Martin Ritt. Paul Newman is John Russell - a white man raised by the Apaches. He is a discriminated passenger on a Stagecoach occupied by an array of quirkish characters. Jesse (Diane Cilento) is on her way to Bisby to start a new life after her marriage proposal is turned down by (about to go bad) Sheriff Frank Braden (Cameron Mitchell) ("I don't want a wife Jesse...I want out!"). There's Dr. Favor (the always wonderful Fredric March) as the Indian Agent who has just embezzled the Indian funds from the reservation accompanied by his beautiful and pert wife (the lovely Barbara Rush). And Cicero Grimes (Richard Boone) who intends to hold up the Stage and with his waiting gang make off with the Indian funds. But after a series of events in which Russell kills some of the gang and retrieves the money it falls to him to lead the hapless passengers all the way back to town on foot. They take refuge in an abandoned mine-works fending off Grimes and his men until finally Russell confronts Grimes face to face and his Mexican gunman (Frank Silvero). "that Vaquero is more than a fair hand with a gun" Grimes warns Russell followed by what is a climactic but ultimately tragic fast draw shootout. Performances are quite exceptional from the entire cast! Newman is terrific in what is one of his best ever roles. It is certainly the best western part he played. Terrific too is veteran Fredric March in what would be his third and final film. The rarely seen Diane Cilento (Mrs. Sean Connery at one time) is superb in the female lead and never better is Martin Balsam as the Stage driver. But the acting honours has to go to Richard Boone as the baddie with the cracker of a name Cicero Grimes. His role not terribly unlike that which he played ten years previously in the Randolph Scott classic "The Tall T". And lest we forget the effective brooding score contributed by composer David Rose which lends a melancholy and reflective quality to this memorable and outstanding western. Classic line from HOMBRE....... When Grimes sees he has been duped by Russell with empty saddle bags he snarls quietly......."Well now....and what do you suppose hell is going to look like?".

universally good performances in a solid Western

What really makes this classic Western work out so well is not just the fantastic direction by Martin Ritt, the sparse but suiting music score by David Rose, or the fantastic scenery. What really holds the movie together is its universally wonderful performances by the cast. Paul Newman, of course, portrayed a magnificent character. Here, he plays John Russell, a white man raised by the Apaches who has found little or no use for the ways of the white men and their prejudice toward the Native Americans. He inherits a boarding house from the man who raised him, but sells it for again, he has no use for it, and takes a stagecoach out of town along with several bigoted passengers who find his presence disturbing. As it turns out, one of them, Ceceril Grimes (portrayed in a blood-chilling way by Richard Boone) is the leader of an outlaw gang that holds them up and leaves them for dead. Newman's character suddenly becomes the only hope for survival for the other passengers for the outlaws are going to be coming back for more water and the money they had intended to steal the first time around.

Co-starring Newman and Boone, we have a fine cast of actors who all fit their roles perfectly, even in the smallest parts, which hold the movie together and keep it sold. Fredric March, Cameron Mitchell, Martin Balsam, and especially Diane Cilento were also very good in their roles. I do feel that Richard Boone was the best performer in the entire cast, for he really made his villainous character really seem frightening. When he talks in a threatening sentence, as his type of characters ALWAYS do in some part of a Western, he really sends chills up our spines as well as the other characters'.

"Hombre" is also a fairly good technical success. The guns look like real guns rather than just mock-ups with blank cartridges and no recoil, the sound design is fairly good, and the hits look fairly real. Yes, there were a few points where the sped-up shots of the hit characters falling over looked overwhelmingly fast and not very convincing, but then again, what does it matter? It does not spoil the enjoyment level of the film.

Bottom line, "Hombre" is an excellent Western film that mostly gets its level of success and stability from the solid performances by its cast as well as its magnificent screenplay and direction. A true masterpiece full of professional craftsmanship, where everybody involved knew what he was doing.
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