Hombre 1967

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An Indian policeman travels by stagecoach and encounters more than his share of trouble. Filled with hard looks, calmly delivered threats and lots of gun play.

Starring:
Val Avery,Paul Newman
Runtime:
1 hour 50 minutes

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Hombre

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Genres Western, Action & Adventure
Director Martin Ritt
Starring Val Avery, Paul Newman
Studio Twentieth Century Fox
BBFC rating Parental Guidance
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Bookworm on 29 Mar 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I saw this film first in 1967, and many, many times since, and westerns just don't get better than this. Paul Newman is at his very best, Richard Boone is at his very nastiest (and best), the humour is, like Cool Hand Luke, subtle and funny. If all that is not enough, there is a real story behind it, and the good guy doesn't win. Just like life

What a shame we cannot get it in PAL format
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Dick Chuckens on 2 Mar 2009
Format: DVD
I like Elmore Leonard and this story is one of his best. Thankfully the film retains his simple, terse style allowing events to bring out the stories behind the protagonists and show us their true characters. Its not what people say that counts, its what they do.

Any actor could have been chosen to play the central character. There's no silent brooding but words are just a waste of time for the white boy raised by Apaches. Charles Bronson or Steve McQueen could have done this well but Newman is wonderful, his blue eyes the only white thing about him. Despite the brutality of the Apache they are depicted as being more honest than the white man, lacking sophistication in its most negative connotation.

Watching a movies about conflict one can allow oneself to simply observe, but more sympathetic people are drawn into the characters. Could you be John Russell and be strong and true despite the prejudice and loathing of the ignorantly bigoted people he finds himself saving, or would you give in, take the easy route and its consequences? A great movie and a metaphor for so much more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Willard on 22 Mar 2010
Format: DVD
A half-breed Apache tries his luck in the white world but is amongst the victims of a stagecoach hold-up. His fellow passengers who, up to now, have patronised or treated him with suspicious contempt, now look to him to help them survive.

Martin Ritt's film, made in 1967, has definite traces of mid-60's liberal sensibilities; Russell's treatment by the majority of the white characters, the corruption and hypocrisy of the `establishment' figures (Dr. and Mrs Favor), but, these elements of the film aren't over-stressed, and in the end you're just left with a darn good western.

Considering this wasn't long before his career-defining performances in `Cool Hand Luke' and `Butch Cassidy', this is a very different Paul Newman here. He's cold, self-contained, and aloof. It's a good performance and he gets good support from the likes of Martin Balsam, Frank Silvera and Frederic March. Diane Cilento's character, a boarding-house landlady, becomes a little tiresome in her worldly-wise seen-it-all-before way, but the film's most enjoyable performance comes from Richard Boone as the bad guy, Cicero Grimes, a man who's natural expression seems to be a sort of sweaty leer. The scene where he `persuades' a cavalryman to give up his ticket on the stagecoach is menacing, but also very funny.

There's not quite enough incident to make it a `great' western but it's certainly a very good one.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Mar 2009
Format: DVD
"Hombre"(67) was directed by Martin Ritt who also worked with Paul Newman on other films including the very good contemporary Western "Hud" (62). The film is based on the very good book of the same name by Elmore Leonard who is probably better known these days for his crime writing. The film explores the psychology of racial hatred and is very sombre in mood. Other films like "The Half Breed"(50) starring Jack Beutel and "Broken Lance"(54), which had Robert Wagner cast as the mixed race son of Spencer Tracy and Katy Jurado also explored the same theme, but without the same depth.

In the film Paul Newman plays the taciturn John Russell, a white man who was raised with the Apache Indians. It is soon clear he is far more Apache than white. He turns up in an Arizona town to claim his Father's inheritance which consists of a gold watch and a boarding house. He promptly sells the boarding house and boards the stagecoach to leave town. On board are some of his disgruntled lodgers. They are not long into the journey before Russell starts to experience hatred and irrational prejudice due to his background. Also on board is the respected Professor Favor played by Frederic March and his wife Audra. The always watchable Richard Boone is also on board as the crude Cicero Grimes. Due to the insistence of Audra and the others Russell is forced to sit on the top with the stage driver who is a Mexican. The stagecoach is then robbed by a gang that Grimes happens to be the leader of. It transpires that Professor Favor has stolen a large amount of money from the very Apache Indians Russell grew up with. Russell shoots two of the gang and then tries to lead the group to safety. The very bigots he rode with now depend on him for their survival.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Peter Wade VINE VOICE on 21 Jun 2009
Format: DVD
Because I can cut it, lady.

There are of course only so many stories and this one is really Admirable Crichton. that is an outsider or social inferior is relied on by everyone when they are in a fix.

In Crichton it was the butler who on a desert island came to the fore and saved all the posh people who did not know how to look after themselves.

Interestingly Diane Cliento is was in Crichton and is in Hombre.

I saw the film not long after it came out and have not seen it for over forty years. Paul Newman was always a a great actor.

This film was shown before we got used to seeing gritty films such as the Dollar films. Cowboy films had gone out of fashion and the cop films were coming in.

John Russell ( Newman) is a white man brought up as an Apache then civilised but went back to the Apaches.he inherits a boardinghouse run by Diane Cliento. He then goes on a stage coach trip with a collection of characters some of whom despise him because he has lived with the Apaches.

They get held up and the people who previously despised him now rely on his skills

Newman does this with a minimum of dialogue and showing always no emotion. When asked why they should follow him Newman answers because I can cut it lady.

When the baddy comes to negotiate he gives away his hand by saying whatever the outcome those being besieged are not going to get out alive.

Newman says . "How are you planning to get back down that hill?'

Newman then blasts him but he is not dead

The hostage is the wife of someone who stole money from the Indians and had been of the opinion that even if she was starving she would not eat dog.

Newman replies "Eaten one and lived like one. "

The husband does nothing to help his wife but Newman relents and helps the person who previously despised him

A classic cowboy film and a must see.
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