Hondo (film)

Hondo (film)

Infobox Film
name = Hondo

caption = 1953 movie poster
director = John Farrow
producer = Robert M. Fellows
John Wayne
writer = screenplay by
James Edward Grant
from a short story by
Louis L'Amour
starring = John Wayne
Geraldine Page
Ward Bond
Michael Pate
James Arness
Leo Gordon
music = Hugo W. Friedhofer
Emil Newman
cinematography = Robert Burks
Louis Clyde Stoumen
Archie J. Stout
editing = Ralph Dawson
distributor = Warner Brothers
released = November 27, 1953
runtime = 84 min
country = USA
awards =
language = English
budget =
preceded_by =
followed_by =
amg_id = 1:95504
imdb_id = 0045883

"Hondo" is a 1953 western film starring John Wayne. It is somewhat a retelling of Hamlet, in that Hondo kills a young boy's father, marries the boy's mother, and becomes a father figure for the boy. The screenplay is based on the short story "The Gift of Cochise" by Louis L'Amour.

The story tells the adventures of a cavalry scout and his relation with a frontier woman and her son at an isolated ranch. Geraldine Page played Mrs. Lowe and Ward Bond played Wayne's sidekick. The main story line tells of Hondo Lane, a cavalry rider, who is captured by the Apache Indians under Chief Vittorio. Hondo escapes and comes to Lowe's rescue in her time of need.

The script focuses on psychological descriptions and the drama of the Native Americans from New Mexico. The action scenes and the 3-D photography are also highpoints of the film.

John Farrow who was an Australian, directed the movie.

Film footage from "Hondo" was later incorporated into the opening sequence of Wayne's last film, "The Shootist," to illustrate the backstory of Wayne's character.

This film marked one of the first appearances of Geraldine Page, who had been a popular stage actress. It was said that John Wayne found her rather unpleasant to work with due to her lack of personal cleanliness.

Pop culture references

The film is "Married... with Children" character Al Bundy's favorite movie. He was also known to mention on the series, that the movie was only shown once every 17 years(the next showing won't be until 2011 in the Bundy universe) and his attempts to watch it were thwarted.

External links

*imdb title | id=0045883 | title=Hondo
*amg title | id=1:95504 | title=Hondo
*tcmdb title | id=78289 | title=Hondo
* [http://www.imagesjournal.com/issue10/infocus/hondo.htm Screenshot of Hondo]

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