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 .