DVD - 2005
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Hondo Lane, a dispatch rider for the cavalry, encounters Angie Lowe, a woman living alone with her young son in the midst of hostile Apache territory. She presumes she is safe because the Apaches, under their chief Vittorio, have always left them alone. Later Hondo has a run-in with Angie's good-for-nothing husband and is forced to kill him. When Vittorio captures Hondo to save his life, Angie tells the Apache chief that he is her husband. In order to protect her from a forced marriage with one of the Apaches, Hondo reluctantly goes along with the lie.
Publisher: Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount Pictures, [2005]
Edition: Special collector's ed.
ISBN: 9781415709009
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (circa 83 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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Dec 29, 2020

"Hondo" shot in 1953 and directed by John Farrow with the legendary Western director John Ford brought in to shoot the enormous set piece actions scenes, which include a massive running gun battle and wagon chase. "Hondo" stars John Wayne as the main protagonist; the brooding and resolute Hondo Lane, an US Army scout. Set in 1870 in the Arizona Territory, Hondo is attempting to deliver a message of a massacre of US Cavalrymen to a nearby fort, on his way he meets Geraldine Page's Angie Lowe, a beset woman living alone on a ranch with her 6 year old son. The romance between Hondo and Lowe continues as a sort of aside throughout the course of the film. Hondo does an excellent job of capturing the spirit and zeitgeist of the West following the end of the Civil War and gives a tantalizing view into the culture of the military during the Indian Wars. Hondo represents a strange breed of military man unique to the West in the latter half of the 19th Century, the US Army hired scouts as civilian contractors, these were mainly "Squaw Men (white men who had married into local tribes and lived with them), mountain men (white men who had lived off the land in the region long before the United States arrived there), or mixed race/ friendly natives. Wayne's Hondo is of the mixed race variety, a choice that struck me as odd given that era's tendency to villainize Native Americans on the screen. The film actually does a fair and balanced job of portraying Wayne as sympathetic if not a little stereotyped in his assessment and portrayal of the Native antagonists of the film. The main antagonist is Vittoro, an Apache war chief, who is portrayed as an archetype of the "noble savage" he is in many ways a reflection of Hondo, valuing truth and bravery and enjoying a straight forward fight. I found the film fascinating and would recommend to anyone as a gem of the Golden Age of the Hollywood Western. I was also entranced by its attention to detail and I continue to place "Hondo" in the same category as the "Searchers" for showcasing the Duke's acting abilities, as "Hondo" takes Wayne beyond the usual "tough guy" persona.

Sep 07, 2020

A good Wayne movie.

Jul 15, 2018

This Western was ok, kind of slow at times. The action all happened at the end. Still entertaining though.

Mar 13, 2015

One of John Wayne's best movies with the help of Geraldine Page, who is marvelous in the movie. IL might add that their is a little boy and a cute dog that will capture heart.

One of John Wayne's best!


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