Based on a Louis L'Amour novel, this is one of John Wayne's lesser-known movies. It's easy to see why - is quite short and doesn't have the grandness and epicness of his classics. Plot is quite simple, almost too simple at times.
Yet, for the most part, it works. Good action scenes, some profound, even emotional, moments and John Wayne even gets to be more than just an action hero at times, showing some vulnerable moments.
Not brilliant - the simplicity and lack of depth in the story prevents that, as well as some scenes being fairly clumsily written. Geraldine Page, in her feature film debut, isn't entirely convincing either. Still, reasonably entertaining.
"That dog don't take to pettin, son." "A man oughta do what he thinks is right."
Hondo comes walking out of the desert with his dog and into the lives of a woman and her son. Hondo is half Native American and feels compelled to protect the family when their lives are on the line and under the attack of a local Apache tribe. Can one man stop the Indian tribe or will his efforts fall short and lead to the dramatic fall of the family?
"I can't swim."
"Everyone can swim. Just reach out and grab a handful of water."
John Farrow, director of The Hitler Gang, Reno, Sorority House, China, California, The Unholy Wife, A Bullet is Waiting, and Copper Canyon, delivers Hondo. The storyline for this picture is entertaining to watch unfold but isn't a classic western and wasn't as compelling as it could have been. The acting is okay and the cast includes John Wayne, Geraldine Page, James Arness, Paul Fix, Michael Pate, and Ward Bond.
"Everybody gets dead. It was his turn."
I watched this randomly off Netflix primarily because this month was its last month it was going to be available online. It was very average and fairly disappointing. This is a slightly above average picture but far from a classic western.
"You let mommy do the talking."
That's the problem with these old westerns - the actresses play one part, the part of the woman, who serves on purpose - to humanize... I can't help but think how much better these movies would be, if the female took a bullet to the face 5 minutes in.