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March 3, 2017
Homer Bannon is an honest, hard-working, by-the-book Texas rancher. His son, Hud, is quite the opposite - amoral, unscrupulous and tending to prefer chasing married women around, rather than working on the ranch. The two are in constant conflict. Stuck between the two are Lonnie, Hud's nephew, and Alma, the Bannon's live-in housekeeper. Lonnie is a naive, impressionable young man who simultaneously idolises Hud and despises some of the things he does. Alma is constantly positive, is happy to overlook Hud's antagonism and tries to stay out of the fights. What happened to Lonnie's father, Hud's brother, hangs over the family, but nobody dares speak about it. The feud between Hud and his father comes to a head when a possible epidemic strikes their cattle herd...

Great character drama, driven by some fantastic performances. Plot is a bit of a slow-burner, though it is never dull. The interactions between the main characters drive the movie, and your engagement.

Quite powerful ending.

As mentioned, it is the performances that drive this. Three of the four main actors - Paul Newman (as Hud), Melvyn Douglas (Homer) and Patricia Neal (Alma) got Oscar nominations with Douglas and Neal picking up Oscars (for Best Supporting Actor and Actress, respectively). Paul Newman, who is superb in a rare bad guy role, missed out to Sydney Poitier in Lilies of the Field.

Brandon De Wild, the only one of the four to not get an Oscar nomination, is great as Lonnie and is unrecognisable from the irritating kid who yelled "Shane! Shane!" all the time in Shane.

How this movie didn't get nominated for the Best Picture Oscar in a year when the eventual winner was the mediocre Tom Jones, I don't know.
½ March 3, 2017
Exceptional acting; stark black and white cinematography; a bleak, sun-drenched setting - and a taut, sombre story - all adding up to one bona-fide classic. In tone, think 'Grapes of Wrath' mixed with 'The Last Picture Show.' Storytelling at its finest.
January 30, 2017
HUD
viewed on 25/7/04 (Sun)

No offence but I don't really think highly of this 1963 movie. Maybe I am just not comfortable with its 7 Oscar nominations. It is a moderate character study, not that great. Patricia Neal who has a supporting role actually won Best Actress. Paul Newman plays the usual brooding angry man in Cat On A Hot Tin Roof and Cool Hand Luke. Am I running out of things to say? Yup...

Rating: C+
Super Reviewer
½ January 12, 2017
Beautifully photographed anti-hero drama/western, with teriffic performances (peak-sexy Paul Newman and fantastically complex Patricia Neal) and some really memorable moments. It feels somehow wonderfully subversive yet also very 1960s.
December 30, 2016
Paul Newman classic!
February 19, 2016
A masterpiece.
Everything there is to say has been said about this film.
Look out for a memorable scene between Lon and his grandfather when they go to the cinema. We see them singing along to My Darling Clementine together. It's a scene of pure joy, simple yet so touching. You could find something to praise in every scene of the movie.
To be watched again and again.
January 12, 2016
Another Paul Newman triumph!
Super Reviewer
September 10, 2015
Look under the skin of the American dream and there's a dust bowl the size of Texas, where the wide open spaces still do not provide enough breathing room, where everything still feels too unbearably close.. Martin Ritt's film introduces us to a family running their own spread, cowboys all, but disease and dissatisfaction, selfishness, eat away at any semblance of decency. Newman makes his mark as the most honest soul walking and unhappy, unhappy, unhappy. Melvin Douglas and Patricia Neal are great here.
½ May 31, 2015
Martin Ritt always had a gift for directing actresses. And, with Patricia Neal, he was directing one of the best. Throw Paul Newman and Brandon De Wilde into the mix and you get pure cinematic magic.
May 19, 2015
It's a decent film with nice performances, production design, and cinematography
February 17, 2015
Fantastic script, from a Larry McMurtry novel, and Paul Newman's never been better.
½ February 7, 2015
Newman is amazing, the photography is beautiful. You can see the dawn of the 70s cinema here.
December 2, 2014
Hud is an arrogant womanizing son of a ranch owner. Living under the shadows of his older dead brother, he shirks all responsibility in the name of having a good time. He flirts with the housekeeper, pays little attention to his duties on the ranch and shows a young boy who idolizes him, all the wrong examples.
Eventually the fit will hit the shan, but Hud is played by Paul Newman in his prime. All is forgiven. He so purty.
October 20, 2014
Paul Newman was rarely better than he was in this film, portraying a basically unlikable character and managing to make him both sympathetic and compelling. Oscars deservedly went to the marvellous support offered by Melvyn Douglas and Patricia Neal, both of whom deliver remarkably subtle, complex performances. Director Martin Ritt and cinematographer James Wong Howe make this a visual experience, and they beautifully capture the barren Texas landscape.
½ August 31, 2014
Strikingly modern and desolate. The sparse musical score and gorgeously artistic black and white cinematography set the film apart from the typical western of the time. The acting might be slightly dated, but the performances are still powerful and the cross-generational struggle at the heart of the story still resonates.
June 26, 2014
I've heard about this movie as a show of Paul Newman's nobility, but this is probably him at his most despicable. No one was really likeable, or even bearable.
April 15, 2014
Hud is essentially an anti-American Western, commenting on the ills of modern capitalism and the pitfalls of blindly admiring an individual without really knowing their character through Newman's searing performance as the unscrupulous, raffish anti-hero. The agonisingly beautiful widescreen, black and white photography, painting a pretty yet bleak picture of the featureless dustbowl setting was fully deserving of the oscar it won for James Wong Howe.
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