|Key Cast||John Wayne, Geraldine Page, Ward Bond, Michael Pate, James Arness, Rodolfo Acosta|
|Genre(s)||Western, Action, Romance|
“Hondo” – a John Wayne movie that wasn’t available for 37 years!
“Hondo” is a classic John Wayne western that was unavailable for a many years because it was tied up in the John Wayne estate. Originally, Glenn Ford was going to star in “Hondo.” But because he did not like working with director John Farrow, Glenn Ford turned down the role. John Wayne was already producing the movie, so he agreed to replace Ford as the star.
In “Hondo,” John Wayne plays Hondo Lane, a cavalry officer who comes across a woman and her son while scouting the territory. He warns the woman, Angie Lowe (Geraldine Page), that she and her son are in danger and urges her to leave with him. But, Mrs. Lowe refuses to leave because she is waiting for her husband to return. Also, she believes that the local Indians will not hurt her and her son because she and her family have been living peacefully in the area for some time.
Hondo stays with the woman and her son for a short time, but he eventually he has to leave. During the time that he is with them, Mrs. Lowe and her son grow increasingly attached to Hondo. He starts to feel the same and thus increasingly feels personally responsible for Mrs. Lowe and her son’s safety.
The movie takes an interesting twist when Hondo eventually encounters Mrs. Lowe’s husband. Meanwhile the Apache Indian uprising is becoming more fierce, putting the woman and her child in increasing danger.
• “Hondo” is considered one of John Wayne’s best western films, but it is also one of the least mentioned cowboy westerns because the movie was not available for public viewing for many years. This is because “Hondo” was tied-up in the John Wayne estate and was therefore not released for distribution until 1990 (37 years after its initial showing).
• “Hondo” is based on the short story “The Gift of Cochise” by Louis L’Amour. The story was first published in Collier’s magazine in July 1952. “The Gift of Cochise” was later made into the novel “Hondo” and this western is based on this book. Louis L’Amour is one of the greatest Western story writers of all time. By the time he passed away in 1988, L’Amour had sold over 200 million books. His first novel was “Hondo” and you can purchase it in The Collected Short Stories of Louis L’Amour, Volume 1: The Frontier Stories
• “Hondo” was the movie screen debut for highly-acclaimed Broadway actress Geraldine Page. Page received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Angie Lowe in this western. After getting the coveted nomination, though, Geraldine Page didn’t get offered any interesting, major movie roles so she returned to Broadway to perform. This led to a lengthy and successful career on the Off-Broadway stage and led to her winning a Drama Critics Award for her acting in the Tennessee Williams play “Summer and Smoke.” Geraldine Page became the first Off-Broadway actress to win such an award. Eventually she returned to the movie screen and during her successful career she bounced between performing in movies and in theatre productions. After eight Academy Award nominations, Page finally won a Best Actress Academy Award for the movie “The Trip to Bountiful.”
She was also nicknamed the “First Lady of the Theatre” for her many contributions to Broadway.
Hondo Movie DVD
In this cowboy western, John Wayne stars as “Hondo.” He is a cavalry officer who is scouting the land and comes across a beautiful woman and her son who are living in the midst of Indian country. He urges them to leave, but they refuse because the woman is waiting for her husband to return. While Hondo stays with them for awhile, the attachment between Hondo, the mother and her son grows.
Hondo Blu-Ray DiscYou’ll enjoy the scenic landscapes in the western “Hondo” even more with this Blu-ray disc.
Moreover, you’ll definitely appreciate all of the extra bonus features that come on this Blu-ray version:
• Introduction to the movie by Leonard Maltin
• Commentary of the Western by Leonard Maltin, Western Historian Frank Thompson, and Actor Lee Aaker
• The Making of Hondo Feature
• Profile: James Edward Grant the screenplay writer for this western and many other famous western films
• The John Wayne Stock Company: Ward Bond – renowned western actor
• and more!
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