The 1st Louis L'Amour Movie
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 rampage. Hondo packs the mother and son up and sets off to California through the throng of Indians.
RETURN ON INVESTMENT: 8 of 10; When they tried to use the novel technique of 3-D cinematography on this movie, they ended up bringing a lot more of the color of the American South West onto the screen. This movie has some different parts for Wayne to play. A first L'Amour character, he is captured and tortured by the Indians and he runs away to fight another day.
DVD BONUS: A "Making of..." feature; an introduction by L. Maltin and commentary dubbed by him, historian F Thompson and the actor who played the boy, Lee Aaker; interview outakes from Michael Pate, the British actor who, through this movie, began a career portraying Native American Indians; production stills and more
ADDED NOTES: Though Wayne and Bond seem to always be together in every Western, this is the first major roles for Page and Arness. After watching Pate play the Indian, it is stunning to hear his very proper British accent in the interviews. This film was shot in Mexico, so I should have referred to the North American South West Landscape and all its beauty was done in 3-D.