Director: John Farrow Cast: John Wayne, Geraldine Page, Ward Bond

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Hondo is so "perfect" a John Ford western that many people assume it was directed by John Ford--or at the very least, Andrew McLaglen. Actually the director was suspense expert John Farrow, who worked with the "Duke" only twice in his career (the second film was an oddball war drama, The Sea Chase [55]). In Hondo, John Wayne plays a hard-bitten cavalry scout who is humanized by frontierswoman Geraldine Page and her young son (Lee Aaker, star of TV's Rin Tin Tin). Try as he might, Wayne can't convince Page to move off her land in anticipation of an Apache attack. He leaves her ranch, only to be ambushed by desperado Leo Gordon--who happens to be Page's long-absent husband. Having killed Gordon, Hondo returns to the ranch to protect Page from the Indians, and to rekindle the woman's hesitant love for him. The climactic attack sequence is enhanced by Hondo's 3-D photography, one of the few truly effective utilizations of this much-maligned process. Long unavailable thanks to the labyrinthine legal tangles of the John Wayne estate, Hondo was finally released to videotape in the early 1990s.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/11/2005
UPC: 0097368876149
Original Release: 1953
Rating: NR
Source: Paramount
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:23:00
Sales rank: 2,199

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by Leonard Maltin, western historian Frank Thompson, and actor Lee Aaker; A special introduction by Leonard Maltin; The making of Hondo; Profile: James Edward Grant; The John Wayne Stock Company: Ward Bond; From the Batjac Vaults; The Apache; Photo gallery; Original theatrical trailer; Batjac teaser; Full screen format; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround and Mono; English subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Wayne Hondo Lane
Geraldine Page Angie Lowe
Ward Bond Buffalo
Michael Pate Vittorio
James Arness Lennie
Rodopho (Rudy) Acosta Silva
Leo Gordon Ed Lowe
Tom Irish Lieutenant McKay
Lee Aaker Johnny Lowe
Paul Fix Major Sherry
Rayford Barnes Pete
Lassie the Dog Actor

Technical Credits
John Farrow Director
Robert Burks Cinematographer
Ralph Dawson Editor
Robert M. Fellows Producer
Hugo W. Friedhofer Score Composer
James Edward Grant Screenwriter
Emil Newman Score Composer
Louis Clyde Stoumen Cinematographer
Archie J. Stout Cinematographer
John Wayne Producer
Alfred Ybarra Art Director
Louis L'Amour Source Author

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Hondo
1. A Stranger Without a Horse
2. Smelling Lies
3. Civilized?
4. Memories and Good-Byes
5. Blood Brothers
6. Bad Temper
7. A Boy Needs a Father
8. Ambush!
9. Cougar or Coyote?
10. A White Lie
11. The Cavalry Arrives
12. Nothing to Be Ashamed Of
13. Circle of the Wagons!

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Hondo 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I sat from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on a Saturday and Sunday mesmerized by this film. I was 9 years old and had to await the release of "first run" films from the Chicago Loop theaters to the neighborhood houses. Films did not have starting times then. You went to the movie whenever you got there, picked up the film at whatever point it was being shown and then sat thru the begining again until it reached that point. I wore out three of my friends watching this film over and over again (and eating lots of popcorn) It was on tv only once in the 70's. I was thrilled to see last the DVD released last year! It was the basis of my Christmas giving this last Season! (As was "Lonesome Dove" and the "Whirly Pop" stove top popcorn popper in prior years! I think "Hondo" is a much see film and a must read book for all young folks!
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