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as John Russell
as Dr. Alex Favor
as Cicero Grimes
as Audra Favor
as Billy Lee
as Steve Early
as Mexican Bandit
as Lamar Dean
as Mrs. Delgado
Critic Reviews for Hombre
One of Ritt's best films, with fine performances all round, impressive Death Valley locations, and superlative camerawork from James Wong Howe.
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.
The performances are uniformly excellent...It's intelligent and has a certain grace as well.
"...depicts the American West as a collision of codes."
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.
Audience Reviews for Hombre
Joe Campbell inferred that cultural and societal change was usually delivered by the outsider, the lonely soul (part of the job description) who sacrificed himself to bring "fire" to the clueless group. In an interesting take on that tale, Newman plays a white guy raised by Indians who endeavors, despite his better judgment, to raise the bar so to speak. But this is an ensemble piece and zowie, what a work it is, quiet and brooding, an understandable emotional reply to the "that inhumanity is just how it is" worldview. The director, Martin Ritt, was blacklisted and so knows a thing or two about being an outsider and that mojo translates here onto the screen.
Paul Newman is very Eastwood-esque in this classic '60's western that features Fredric March, Martin Balsam and Richard Boone.
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.
|John Russell:||Hey, I got a question for you.|
|Cicero Grimes:||What's that?|
|John Russell:||How are you going to get down that hill?|
|Audra Favor:||Have you ever eaten a dog, Mr. Russell?|
|John Russell:||Eaten one and lived like one.|
|Cicero Grimes:||Well now, what'ya suppose hell's gonna look like?|
|John Russell:||We all die, just a question of when.|
|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|
|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.|
|Mexican Bandit:||Hey, Hombre, you give me quite a stomach ache. I haven't had a belly ache like this since I was a little boy.|
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