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Hondo is so "perfect" a John Ford western that many people assume it was directed by John Ford--or at the very least, Andrew McLaglen. Actually the director was suspense expert John Farrow, who worked with the "Duke" only twice in his career (the second film was an oddball war drama, The Sea Chase [55]). In Hondo, John Wayne plays a hard-bitten cavalry scout who is humanized by frontierswoman Geraldine Page and her young son (Lee Aaker, star of TV's Rin Tin Tin). Try as he might, Wayne can't convince Page to move off her land in anticipation of an Apache attack. He leaves her ranch, only to be ambushed by desperado Leo Gordon--who happens to be Page's long-absent husband. Having killed Gordon, Hondo returns to the ranch to protect Page from the Indians, and to rekindle the woman's hesitant love for him. The climactic attack sequence is enhanced by Hondo's 3-D photography, one of the few truly effective utilizations of this much-maligned process. Long unavailable thanks to the labyrinthine legal tangles of the John Wayne estate, Hondo was finally released to videotape in the early 1990s. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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John Wayne
as Hondo Lane
Geraldine Page
as Angie Lowe
Ward Bond
as Buffalo Baker, Army Indian Scout
James Arness
as Lennie, Army Indian Scout
Michael Pate
as Vittoro
Leo Gordon
as Ed Lowe
Tom Irish
as Lt. McKay
Lee Aaker
as Johnny
Paul Fix
as Major Sherry
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  • Aug 25, 2012
    A different kind of John Wayne Western, one where the lines between good and evil aren't as simplistic or cartoony. Based on a Louis L'Amour novel and directed by John Farrow (Mia's dad), this is aided by the early 3-D filming process, making for gorgeous viewing, and Geraldine Page's film debut, who brings an earthy charm to the proceedings, and out of the Duke himself.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Oct 29, 2011
    Hondo was directed by John Farrow but certainly reminds one of John Ford's films and stars his usual A-list actor John Wayne in a Western film, albeit a little offbeat one. The tone is unique and one that differs and the story is unique and has a lot going for it however. John Wayne gives another solid performance and the film is brisk, running under an hour and a half and is well-paced and has enough action in the latter part of the film to make it entertaining enough. Not the best of Westerns, but one that is unique and solid overall.
    Chris B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 07, 2011
    An excellent earlier Wayne western that embraces moral ambiguity, and does so within the context of a confined yet authentic and moving story. Wayne was a fantastic actor, and that is in full display here, where he owns every scene he's in, though that's typical of the Duke. Beautifully shot and well written, check it out.
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 15, 2010
    less than average western where not alot really happens, all the while with john wayne playing a plain/dull character. i'd advise on giving it a miss!
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer

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