Home from the Hill (1960)
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as Captain Wade Hunnicu...
as Hannah Hunnicutt
as Raphael 'Rafe' Cople...
as Theron Hunnicutt
as Albert Halstead
as Libby Halstead
as Sarah Halstead
as Opal Bixby
as Dr. Reuben Carson
as Dick Gibbons
as Hugh Macauley
as Marshall Bradley
as Peyton Stiles
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Minnelli pulls back the stinky underbelly of this Texan-hell family in all his scope splendor
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A trifle overlong but involving film firmly guided by Minnelli, one of his best non musical films. Always a master of effective use of Technicolor that trait doesn't fail him here making the full use of various shades to sets the emotional tone of a scene. He makes the whole picture a feast for the eyes, even the swamps look gorgeous and the actors glow with individual beauty. Speaking of the actors, the four principal protagonists give some of the best performances of their careers, in Hamilton's case perhaps his all time best. In their only pairing Mitchum and Eleanor Parker spark off each other making you understand that under the great bitterness that now enfolds them there had to once be a great love at its root to breed so much strong an estrangement, its a pity they never were paired again. The two Georges as Mitchum's sons, one recognized the other illegitimate, make strong impressions which moved both of them forward in the Hollywood of the time. Peppard was the superior actor and has the more complex role which he finds many layers in but Hamilton handles the callow Theron very well, his years as an overly tan, rather oily dilettante has pretty much negated the memory of the promising young actor he once was. A solid entertainment with some elements of soap but really a story of how secrets and arrogance can fester and hurt more than just the people initially involved.
a touch too much of the 50s hollywood epic for my taste but highly watchable. a big macho melodrama in which mitchum of course rules and george peppard is surprisingly laid back and cool. can't fault minelli's direction either
"Home from the Hill" starts with Rafe(George Peppard) saving the life of his boss, Captain Wade Hunnicutt(Robert Mitchum), when he is shot by a wronged husband. Even after that, Wade is not even sure which husband exactly, as Rafe would like material compensation for his act of heroism but is turned down flat. Wade's son Theron(George Hamilton) is 17 and is only old enough to hunt snipe but his father feels it is time to change that. Amazingly enough, Theron takes to hunting and is a fine shot but his mother Hannah(Eleanor Parker) is angry at Wade because she had been promised to be put in charge of raising her son. Then, the wild boar shows up which Wade thinks would perfect for his son to hunt...
Directed by Vincente Minnelli, "Home from the Hill" is an engaging and epic soap opera that subtly dismantles the idea of the perfect patriarch. With very little sanctimony, the movie says there is more to being a man than bedding women and hunting, of which responsibility is a huge part. And there is nothing wrong with Theron being as learned as he is, but then this is Texas where men are real men, women are real women, and I don't have to remind you about the sheep, do I? Speaking of masculinity, Robert Mitchum is perfectly cast in the lead, while some of the other acting might seem a little off in retrospect.
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