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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.

Paul Newman, Fredric March
1 hour, 50 minutes

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Genres Western, Action & Adventure
Director Martin Ritt
Starring Paul Newman, Fredric March
Supporting actors Richard Boone, Diane Cilento, Cameron Mitchell, Barbara Rush, Peter Lazer, Margaret Blye, Martin Balsam, Skip Ward, Frank Silvera, David Canary, Val Avery, Larry Ward, Linda Cordova, Pete Hernandez, Merrill C. Isbell
Studio Twentieth Century Fox
BBFC rating Parental Guidance
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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17 of 18 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 rob crawford TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 4 Jun. 2011
Format: DVD
This film was of a quality that astonished me, once I put it on. It is the story of a man, who though abducted as a boy by Apaches and re-taken into white society, has chosen to live with the Indians. He shares their struggle for existence, with a keen sense of the mortal insult that their subjugation has brought them. The viewer witnesses this in the first minutes of the film, when Newman waits to capture mustangs with some friends and is summoned to meet a customer with a message for him in a bar. The only thing to indicate he is white are his startling blue eyes.

So begins a muted adventure as Newman gains, through a modest inheritance, the means to quit his home on a stagecoach. The other passengers include a troubled young couple, a woman he disenfranchised when he accepted his inheritance, an ex-administrator of Indian territories, and a mean SOB. Newman is taciturn during the journey, rarely communicating except in single syllables and accepting to be put out of the main car because of his indian ways. It is a masterpiece of under-stated acting, a classic introvert who the others under-estimate. Things don't work as out planed, of course, and I don't want to play the spoiler as to what happens. Needless to say, the passengers are endangered to their surprise, and the resolution is wonderfully unexpected, yet bleak.

I think this is some of the best acting that Newman ever did. His performance is riveting, even if so laconic and circumspect that the viewer is misled as to his true character. There are many echoes of Little Big Man in this film, but coldly grim rather than the tragic, if uplifting comedy in the later film.

Recommended with enthusiasm.
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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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20 of 22 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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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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