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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 is held up by murderous bandit-chief Richard Boone. When the passengers fight back, Boone takes Rush as a hostage. Newman, who by rights should be supremely satisfied that his tormentors are themselves tormented, proves himself the bravest of the passengers, sacrificing his own life to save Rush and put an end to Boone's reign of terror. Hombre is based on a novel by suspense specialist Elmore Leonard. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Paul Newman
as John Russell
Fredric March
as Dr. Alex Favor
Richard Boone
as Cicero Grimes
Barbara Rush
as Audra Favor
Peter Lazer
as Billy Lee
Skip Ward
as Steve Early
Frank Silvera
as Mexican Bandit
David Canary
as Lamar Dean
Val Avery
as Delgado
Larry Ward
as Soldier
Linda Cordova
as Mrs. Delgado
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Critic Reviews for Hombre

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (3)

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

    Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…

    Derek Adams

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • 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 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The performances are uniformly excellent...It's intelligent and has a certain grace as well.

    Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • As a Western, Hombre offers enough excitement to stand up with the best of them. As a motion picture with sure-handed direction, a literate script and excellent acting it also offers something for all audiences, Western fans or not.

    Nov 19, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Strikes a not very satisfactory balance between traditionalist themes... and interludes for reflection on race prejudice and so on.

    Jul 17, 2018 | Full Review…
  • "...depicts the American West as a collision of codes."

    Aug 28, 2013 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Hombre

  • Sep 10, 2015
    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.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • May 18, 2013
    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
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 22, 2010
    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.
    xGary X Super Reviewer
  • Sep 02, 2010
    I like Paul Newman & I like Westerns so I expected to like Hombre more then I did but I didnt.I really didnt get interested until the final scenes.If your in the mood for a western & its on TV then watch it
    Brody M Super Reviewer

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