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Hombre (1967)


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Yes, Paul Newman is a blue-eyed Indian in Hombre, but this apparent ethnic error is carefully justified in the body of the story. Newman plays a white man who was raised by the Apaches, and ever since has straddled two worlds, feeling truly comfortable in neither. While riding a stagecoach, Newman is subject to the racial bias of banker Fredric March and his snooty wife Barbara Rush. In truth, March is an embezzler, and has no reason to feel superior to anyone. This fact comes out when the coach


Western, Action & Adventure

Elmore Leonard, Irving Ravetch

Jun 4, 2002

20th Century Fox

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One of Ritt's best films, with fine performances all round, impressive Death Valley locations, and superlative camerawork from James Wong Howe.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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For this is a first-rate cooking of a western recipe-not a great Western film nor a creation, but an excellent putting of heat to a fine selected blend.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The performances are uniformly excellent...It's intelligent and has a certain grace as well.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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"...depicts the American West as a collision of codes."

August 28, 2013 Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm

Martin Ritt's movie set a new trend in American Westerns in its criticism of the White men and in suggesting that the Native Americans are morally superior.

July 27, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Superior western, with a liberal slant, based on the novel by Elmore Leonard.

April 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Sun-blaring Newman western; gritty action

October 23, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

Como em todo filme inspirado em obra de Elmore Leonard, Hombre conta com diálogos afiados - que acabam se tornando ainda mais marcantes graças à brilhante atuação de Paul Newman.

September 13, 2003
Cinema em Cena

Those looking for an intelligent and bittersweet western should search out Hombre, a somewhat overlooked (yet still fondly remembered) mini-classic of the genre.

July 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
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For as much as Hombre is a film of its time, it endures as an example of how deeper examinations of the rifts that divide individuals and nations are forever contemporary.

June 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
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Audience Reviews for Hombre

Paul Newman is very Eastwood-esque in this classic '60's western that features Fredric March, Martin Balsam and Richard Boone.
April 3, 2011
Randy Tippy

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Paul Newman plays a horse trader raised by the Apache who finds himself the protector of a group of travelers when they are ambushed by outlaws. Obviously another variation on the Stagecoach theme, Hombre instead casts the "Indian" as the anti-hero and the white men as the villains. This switch-around forms the basis of the story as the main topic is that of racism; the steely-eyed Newman is initially shunned and vilified because of his native American heritage but finds himself emotionally blackmailed into becoming their saviour as soon as they need his help. Newman is extremely charismatic as the enigmatic frontiersman, the irony being that the actions the whites see as "savage" are in fact born of the cold logic of a lifetime struggling for survival. The white characters are shown as either hypocritical or naive and soon forget their moral outrage when they find their lives on the line. The plot may be a little predictable but it's also a very interesting character study and social commentary with a superb central performance from Newman. Well worth a look for those who like westerns with a brain.
September 22, 2010
xGary Xx

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Talky western with Newman miscast but doing what he can, Richard Boone as a hissable villian and Frederic March offering a more subtle form of villianry. However the real standout is Diane Cilento as a real tower of strength, an excellent performance. A side note Barbara Rush's fright wig has to be seen to be believed!
December 20, 2009
jay nixon

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The western genre embodies many different sorts of films, from typical shoot 'em up adventures, to more nuanced films that seek to convey commentary within the western framework. Hombre is a fantastic example of the later, representing a late 60s western that features Paul Newman as a Native American. The film is an intelligent western, concerned with characters, dialogue, themes, and thus is uniquely situated within the genre, having an amount of ambiguity that is very uncommon for that time, and puts most modern movies to shame.

Hombre features excellent performances from all around. The notable one is of course Newman. Though the blue-eyed Newman lacks the physical characteristics for an Indian, his performance more than makes up for that. The way he embodies his character harkens back to early Eastwood westerns, with a strong presence, conveying a lot even in silence. There is really not a weak link to be had in the supporting cast, with Diane Cilento having some terrific work as an outspoken and headstrong frontier woman.

What I appreciated most about the film was the script. The dialogue was simply tremendous, with exchanges that were intelligent and felt real. The characterizations were strong and multi-dimensional, far surpassing many of the clichéd characters we are often treated to.

Though the film's methodical pace and concern with characters, as opposed to action, may turn some off it's really a grade A western, and a must see for any fan of the genre.

4.5/5 Stars
May 18, 2013
Jeffrey Meyers

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    1. Audra Favor: Have you ever eaten a dog, Mr. Russell?
    2. John Russell: Eaten one and lived like one.
    – Submitted by Stan D (4 months ago)
    1. Cicero Grimes: Well now, what'ya suppose hell's gonna look like?
    2. John Russell: We all die, just a question of when.
    – Submitted by Andujar C (15 months ago)
    1. Mexican Bandit: Hey, Hombre, you give me quite a stomach ache. I haven't had a stomach ache like dat since I was a little boy.
    – Submitted by Don G (20 months ago)
    1. Mexican Bandit: Can I at least know his name?
    – Submitted by Don G (20 months ago)
    1. John Russell: Maybe I'll see you at Delmonicos.
    – Submitted by Don G (20 months ago)
    1. John Russell: You ever been hungry lady? Not just ready for dinner hungry, but so hungry that your belly stands out?
    – Submitted by Don G (20 months ago)
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