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Hud Reviews

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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.
March 11, 2014
Odli?an scenarij i vrhunski Newmanov performans...
January 29, 2014
well crafted drama that borderlines the western genre
January 26, 2014
They don't make it like that anymore...
November 10, 2013
My Favorite Western Film Is 1956's The Searchers.
November 2, 2013
Hud is a terrific modern western about an anti hero who is in constant conflict with his ethical judgmental and possibly equally bone headed father. This indeed is one of those changing the guard tales that are often found in the 60's and early 70's. Newman has played the anti hero in a few other films, but unlike his character in Cold Hand Luke, the Hud character he bitterly cynical of the world around him and he just wants to cash in and look out for himself.

A weak link in the story is that were only given vague reasons as to why is father has treated him so poorly all his life. Obviously the treatment by his father has helped shape the lonely bitter man that Hud is. But I would have liked a bit more detail about why there is so much bitterness there. The story appears to have a black and white picture of values vs. no values. However I fail to accept that. Even though Hud is largely unlikeable, he is not totally wrong. It's not a good vs. evil world we live in. It never has been and it never will be. While some morals are important to decent living, I sure wouldn't let my life sink solely because of principals.

An interesting character is the hero worshiping nephew Lou Bannon who is constantly at battle with what he desires to become in the future. Obviously Hud is going to appeal to someone of Lou's age group. But Lou has enough self-awareness at his age to know that carelessness and cynical-ism is not a good way to go through life. Usually though it takes some tough learning experiences for us to finally understand what is important in life.

The film isn't build on plot twists, and you will probably see how this will end up far before it's actually conclusion. But it's still an interesting look at the changing of the times and how dangerous a broken father/son relationship can be. It's a shame that Newman wasn't able to home the best actor award though because this is one of his top 5 performances.
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