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Hondo ()

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featuring John Wayne, Geraldine Page, Ward Bond, Michael Pate, James Arness

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 Hide synopsis

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Stewie
by Stewie on Jan 20, 2011

Arrived on time in excellent condition. Thoroughly enjoyed it!! More

mehaul

The 1st Louis L'Amour Movie

by mehaul on Apr 27, 2010

TITLE: Hondo GENRE: Western Indian/Cavalry Conflict in 3-D CAST: John Wayne. Geraldine Page, Ward Bond, Michael Pate and James Arness PLOT: A cavalry retiree, who has some Indian ancestry, meets and befriends an abandoned frontier woman and her son. They fall in love. The indians go on a justified ... More

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