John Wayne
Director: John Farrow Cast: John Wayne
John Wayne
, Geraldine Page
Geraldine Page
, Ward Bond
Ward Bond
John Farrow

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Hondo is so "perfect" a John Ford western that many people assume it was directed by John Ford--or at the very least, Andrew McLaglen. Actually the director was suspense expert John Farrow, who worked with the "Duke" only twice in his career (the second film was an oddball war drama, The Sea Chase [55]). In Hondo, John Wayne plays a hard-bitten cavalry scout who is humanized by frontierswoman Geraldine Page and her young son (Lee Aaker, star of TV's Rin Tin Tin). Try as he might, Wayne can't convince Page to move off her land in anticipation of an Apache attack. He leaves her ranch, only to be ambushed by desperado Leo Gordon--who happens to be Page's long-absent husband. Having killed Gordon, Hondo returns to the ranch to protect Page from the Indians, and to rekindle the woman's hesitant love for him. The climactic attack sequence is enhanced by Hondo's 3-D photography, one of the few truly effective utilizations of this much-maligned process. Long unavailable thanks to the labyrinthine legal tangles of the John Wayne estate, Hondo was finally released to videotape in the early 1990s.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/11/2005
UPC: 0097368876149
Original Release: 1953
Rating: NR
Source: Paramount
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:23:00
Sales rank: 1,705

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by Leonard Maltin, western historian Frank Thompson, and actor Lee Aaker; A special introduction by Leonard Maltin; The making of Hondo; Profile: James Edward Grant; The John Wayne Stock Company: Ward Bond; From the Batjac Vaults; The Apache; Photo gallery; Original theatrical trailer; Batjac teaser; Full screen format; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround and Mono; English subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Wayne Hondo Lane
Geraldine Page Angie Lowe
Ward Bond Buffalo
Michael Pate Vittorio
James Arness Lennie
Rodopho (Rudy) Acosta Silva
Leo Gordon Ed Lowe
Tom Irish Lieutenant McKay
Lee Aaker Johnny Lowe
Paul Fix Major Sherry
Rayford Barnes Pete
Lassie the Dog Actor

Technical Credits
John Farrow Director
Robert Burks Cinematographer
Ralph Dawson Editor
Robert M. Fellows Producer
Hugo W. Friedhofer Score Composer
James Edward Grant Screenwriter
Emil Newman Score Composer
Louis Clyde Stoumen Cinematographer
Archie J. Stout Cinematographer
John Wayne Producer
Alfred Ybarra Art Director
Louis L'Amour Source Author

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Hondo
1. A Stranger Without a Horse
2. Smelling Lies
3. Civilized?
4. Memories and Good-Byes
5. Blood Brothers
6. Bad Temper
7. A Boy Needs a Father
8. Ambush!
9. Cougar or Coyote?
10. A White Lie
11. The Cavalry Arrives
12. Nothing to Be Ashamed Of
13. Circle of the Wagons!

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