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Hud
     

Hud

4.5 8
Director: Martin Ritt, Paul Newman, Melvyn Douglas, Patricia Neal

Cast: Martin Ritt, Paul Newman, Melvyn Douglas, Patricia Neal

 

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Having been burned by compromises to censors on his earlier films Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Sweet Bird of Youth, Paul Newman decided to star in as uncompromising a property as he could find. That property was Hud, inspired by a portion of Larry McMurtry's novel, Horseman Pass By. Hud Bannon (Newman) is a young Texas rancher who lives with his

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Having been burned by compromises to censors on his earlier films Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Sweet Bird of Youth, Paul Newman decided to star in as uncompromising a property as he could find. That property was Hud, inspired by a portion of Larry McMurtry's novel, Horseman Pass By. Hud Bannon (Newman) is a young Texas rancher who lives with his cattleman father Homer (Melvyn Douglas) and his hero-worshipping nephew Lon (Brandon DeWilde). Hud is an amoral, cold-hearted creature; his father, who holds Hud responsible for the death of his other son, tries to imbue Lon with a sense of decency and responsibility to others, but Lon is devoted to Hud and isn't inclined to listen. When hoof and mouth disease shows up in one of the elder Bannon's cows, Hud is all for selling the herd before the government inspectors find out. But Homer orders the cattle destroyed (the film's most harrowing sequence), driving an even deeper wedge between himself and Hud. Finally, Hud steps over the line by attempting to rape Alma (Patricia Neal), the earthy but warm-hearted housekeeper. Paul Newman was so repellantly brilliant as an unregenerate heel that his Oscar nomination for Hud was a foregone conclusion. Although Newman lost the Oscar to Sidney Poitier in Lilies of the Field, Oscars did go to Neal for Best Actress, Douglas for Best Supporting Actor, and cinematographer James Wong Howe.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Dan Jardine
Hud is a "modern" Western, with few admirable characters and a decidedly unsympathetic anti-hero, played with licentious and unscrupulous arrogance by Paul Newman. Hud's lack of a discernible moral system makes him far more unlikeable than his judgmental but ethical father, Homer (Melvyn Douglas). The unconventionally attractive Patricia Neal delivers a subtle and sensual Oscar-winning performance as Homer's housekeeper Alma. Like the audience, she is both attracted to and repulsed by Hud, yet she has the intelligence to see that his cynicism and opportunism are best kept at arm's length. Hud is a warning shot for the Sixties, for which its focus on generational conflict would prove prescient. However, this is not a young man's film, as the wizened Homer (Douglas won an Oscar for this performance) provides the film's greatest pearls of wisdom, and Hud is, in the end, left bitter, cynical, and alone. James Wong Howe's dusty Oscar-winning cinematography is a key to giving Hud an authentic Western feel.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/2013
UPC:
0883929302659
Original Release:
1963
Source:
Paramount Catalog
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:51:00

Special Features

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paul Newman Hud Bannon
Melvyn Douglas Homer Bannon
Patricia Neal Alma Brown
Brandon DeWilde Lon Bannon
John Ashley Hermy
Whit Bissell Burris
Graham Denton Jesse
Val Avery Jose
Sheldon Allman Thompson
Pitt Herbert Larker
Peter Brooks George
Curt Conway Truman Peters
Yvette Vickers Lily Peters
George Petrie Joe Scanton
David Kent Donald
Frank Killmond Dumb Billy
Sharyn Hillyer Myra
Robert Hinkle Announcer
John Indrisano Cowboy
Don Kennedy Charlie Tucker
Carl Low Kirby
Montie Montana Cowboy
John Michael Quijada Cowboy
Carl Saxe Proprietor

Technical Credits
Martin Ritt Director,Producer
Robert R. Benton Set Decoration/Design
Elmer Bernstein Score Composer
Frank Bracht Editor
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
Harriet Frank Screenwriter
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
James Wong Howe Cinematographer
Tambi Larsen Art Director
Paul K. Lerpae Special Effects
Hal Pereira Art Director
Irving Ravetch Producer,Screenwriter
Wally Westmore Makeup
Larry McMurtry Source Author

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Hud
1. Chapter 1 [2:24]
2. Chapter 2 [8:43]
3. Chapter 3 [5:54]
4. Chapter 4 [11:01]
5. Chapter 5 [6:15]
6. Chapter 6 [3:16]
7. Chapter 7 [4:22]
8. Chapter 8 [3:55]
9. Chapter 9 [10:08]
10. Chapter 10 [5:01]
11. Chapter 11 [11:17]
12. Chapter 12 [5:34]
13. Chapter 13 [3:27]
14. Chapter 14 [9:12]
15. Chapter 15 [5:31]
16. Chapter 16 [3:55]
17. Chapter 17 [6:44]
18. Chapter 18 [4:47]
19. Chapter 19 [:00]

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Hud 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I always liked this movie, but raising a few cattle made me really appreciate the story line.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Paul Newman as Hud is absolutely perfect acting. And only Newman could make us like Hud. Please see this movie, way too long delayed on DVD. It is our greatest actors greatest film.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
A beautiful film of Americana in the American Southwest as a film depicts the collapsing of a ranch family. As the world is changing around them, Hud cocoons himself with women, drink, and and freewhellin antics.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Hud' is the story of an embittered, ruthless son (Paul Newman) of cow rancher Homer Bannon (Melvyn Douglas). Determined to take over his father¿s prosperous farm, Hud bides his time with sexual conquests and playing big brother to Lonnie (Brandon DeWilde). Lonnie worships Hud as a god, a rabid fascination that will be irreversible shattered when Hud attempts to rape the ranch¿s cook and housemaid, Alma Brown (Patricia Neal). However, before the disillusionment comes the spoils. The family partake in a county fair in which Hud wins the `greased pig¿ contest. He and Lonnie start a victory fight inside a barroom. Hud takes Alma to the movies. There¿s really nothing extraordinary about the film, and yet it captures, perhaps better than most, the raw emotion of a powerful slice of Americana in the mid-west. However, as the story drags on the tide begins to turn away from Hud¿s favor. Homer becomes ill and unable to tend the far. The cattle contract an infection, forcing the farm hands to exterminate the entire herd. Alma, realizing that Hud is incapable of any sort of compassion or tenderness, abandons him and the farm in search of a new life somewhere else. The transfer is a bit disappointing. Though the picture is free of many age related artifacts and digital artifacts, the overall presentation is somewhat soft, with blooming around the edges that renders parts of the B&W picture in various rainbow hues - even with the color on one's television set turned to zero. Also edge enhancement is sometimes obvious. Finally, the overall presentation tends to be just a little too soft for the vintage of the camera negative. Close ups and medium shots look fairly sharp but long shots become a blurry mess. The gray scale is reasonably balanced, though during scenes shot at night, fine detail tends to get lost in the shadows. The audio is remastered and well balanced. There are NO extras.
Nighthawk More than 1 year ago
Stark and powerful. Like being socked in the jaw by Walker Evans.