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Hud [DVD] [1963]

Paul Newman , Melvyn Douglas , Martin Ritt    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Paul Newman, Melvyn Douglas, Patricia Neal, Brandon de Wilde, John Ashley
  • Directors: Martin Ritt
  • Producers: Martin Ritt, Irving Ravetch
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Jun 2004
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001CVAYC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,295 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Based on a Larry McMurtry novel, back in 1962 Hud was a testament to the sex appeal of the young Paul Newman. Playing the title character--a total rotter who, by the end of the film, has double-crossed or screwed over everyone he knows, including his hard-working father and brother--Newman turns him into an intriguing antihero. Things are tough on the ranch and Hud's dad (Melvyn Douglas) needs help, but Hud is too busy looking out for number one, even as things fall apart. And guess who's going to land on his feet? The beautiful black and white cinematography by James Wong Howe won an Oscar, as did performances by Douglas and Patricia Neal. --Marshall Fine, Amazon.com

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Life is hard on a Texas ranch, and the owner is not helped by his arrogant ne'er-do-well son, who is a bad influence on the househo ld. The winner of 3 Academy Awards including Best Actress.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The West 14 Mar 2013
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American dramas are sometimes pooh poohed, this is one of the exceptions. Well written directed and acting performances of stellar proportions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No redemption! 12 Mar 2013
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Hud is a fantastic film, but the outlook is pretty bleak! I would thoroughly recommend it, anyway - Paul Newman at his best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You're an unprincipled man, Hud. 24 Oct 2011
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Hud is directed by Martin Ritt and adapted to screenplay by Irving Ravetch and Harriet Frank Jr., from the Larry McMurty novel Horsemen, Pass By. It stars Paul Newman, Melvyn Douglas, Patricia Neal and Brandon de Wilde. Music is by Elmer Bernstein and cinematography by James Wong Howe.

Hud Bannon (Newman) doesn't care for much outside of himself, life is to be enjoyed by drinking, fighting, bedding women and basically anything as long as he avoids responsibility for it. This greatly upsets his father, Homer (Douglas), a very principled man who is tormented that a son of his could turn out so rotten. Troubling him still further is that his grandson, Lonnie (de Wilde) is getting closer to Hud and he's in danger of being corrupted to Hud's unprincipled ways......

I done my time with one cold blooded bastard, I'm not looking for another.

It may filmed in Panavison, with sumptuous black and white photography by Howe (Academy Award for Best Cinematography), but this is a dry dust bowl set drama, thriving on dialogue and propelled by a mean spirited protagonist. Film is essentially a four character piece, with those four characters confined to small town Americana and a family ranch that is going under now that the livestock has contracted deadly foot and mouth disease. Bannon's senior and junior battle it out for the soul of young Lonnie, with Patricia Neal's smouldering older woman house keeper simultaneously playing mother, wife and potential girlfriend to all three Bannon men. It's a hot-pot combination given great edginess by Ravetch and Frank's screenplay. There's very little action, except some brief bar room brawling and speedy car driving, but there's terrific literary drama in the narrative.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Hud, (played by Paul Newman) is a self-centered character, constantly womanising and drinking. These two reasons have caused a rift between Hud and his traditional father, Homer, also enhanced by the premature death of Hud's brother in a car crash.
The refreshing aspect of this film is the fact that it is not a conventional western. Most of the latter include gun fights, small burst of emotion from the heros when dealing with women, etc. However, "Hud" is different because its main storyline tackles the lack of emotion in one man, contrasted with the huge amount of emotion taking place around him. Anger, hate, fear,
love, lust. Hud's seeming lack of sensibility prevails throughout the whole film, and there isn't a happy ending. The film just stops. It leaves you wanting more.....
This film is entertaining and interesting; especially when trying to analyse what makes Hud the way he is - and why he feels no remorse from the consequences of his disasterous actions. This film won 3 academy awards - and it is easy to understand why.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Provocative and damnignly Powerful 28 Sep 2008
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Guilt,old redundant traditions ,loose morality ,drunken binges are the superficial vices of Hud, played by Paul Newman in his most charismatic and stylish turn ever in an act which is almost a textbook performance,he defines the soul of a tough,hard Texan cowboy with harmony and honesty in a world hard to survive ,his aging old-fashioned moral father is clashing with his rebellious son and their quarrels are explosive ,caught in the middle is Lon as the grandson admiring his uncle Hud for his multiple talents and persona with both winning rodeos and a reputation at wild sex bouts as a local stud .

Everyone has to find their own niche here and the truth is grey as the characters collide hrad-on in a battle of wills ,caught in the middle of them is Patricia Neal, As the housekeeper on a Texan ranch -she is the fragile link between the three men presenting three generations and eras .

The dialogues and the camera are totally in control of the headstrong wild characters,this is easily Newman at his peak and the cinematography is superb,from the brutal "herd massacre" to the night time brawls and Car drives .

Texas looks surreal and at times like a desolate kindom where Newman rules the roost,this movie shows Paul is just as good if not better than Brando.

This is just one of the most unusual and intellectually challenging puzzles Hollywood has ever made and even today it shocks you with it's radical view of the Texan society .

The conventions,traditions and culture assume a parody in the sense that the characters are too cool to let themselves be provoked by the environment ,the sangfroid just carries on as if their insouciance will correct every wrong and if not then they do not give a damn ,i suppose that is the gist of life anywhere and this movie portrays that absolute truth in every detail in an iconic turn .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 15 July 2014
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All good .
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5.0 out of 5 stars PAUL ALWAYS IS FANTASTIC 19 July 2013
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Greats. 15 Feb 2010
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Newman certainly picked great dramas or the producers picked him, but I think he was the greatest American film actor of last century. His intelligence and passion comes through in every role, and he was always willing to play the bad guy, the flawed guy. Hud is one of the worst he played I think - a contemptible character, but what a film!

Not only Newman, but every actor here turns in a great performance. And Martin Ritt directed a string of brilliant films - Spy Who Came In from the Cold, Long Hot Summer and this. Hit me hard when young this film and unlike many such films enjoyed as a teen it hits me hard again 30 years later. One of the all time greats. And at the heart of it is Paul Newman. Buy it, see it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cool calm Newman
Good stuff, laid back Newman in one of his finest films in my opinion, reminds me of his style in Cool Hand Luke, and although a different story completely, still the same cool... Read more
Published 9 months ago by LOTTO WIZARD
5.0 out of 5 stars a classic
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Published on 24 April 2012 by Biffer Spice
5.0 out of 5 stars Impeccable Film making
I purchased this DVD as part of a set of 3 DVD's, the other two being the "Gunfight at the OK Corral" and "Once Upon a time in the West". Read more
Published on 12 Nov 2010 by B. D. Compton
4.0 out of 5 stars paul newman
not actually watched, but it is a film seen years ago & enjoyed Paul Newman as usual, also the acting of the others in the film.
Published on 5 Mar 2010 by Julie Williams
3.0 out of 5 stars ok
not one of his best movies,but the bad guy part is executed beautifully by newman
Published on 12 Sep 2009 by Daniela Spanu
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure brilliance!!
This is a brilliant, beautifully shot film. The story is gritty and engrossing. Paul Newman is brilliant as always but everyone is this film is near perfect. Read more
Published on 1 Sep 2009 by Ava
4.0 out of 5 stars brooding Newman
What a good film! Paul Newman is a fantastic actor and really captures the attention of the viewer as the moody Hud in this beautifully shot movie. Read more
Published on 7 Nov 2008 by Ms. F. I. Macdonald
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