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Hud (1963)

Not Rated | | Drama, Western | 29 May 1963 (USA)
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Honest and hard-working Texas rancher Homer Bannon has a conflict with his unscrupulous, selfish, arrogant and egotistical son Hud, who sank into alcoholism after accidentally killing his brother in a car crash.

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Martin Ritt

Writers:

Irving Ravetch (screenplay), Harriet Frank Jr. (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Won 3 Oscars. Another 13 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Newman ... Hud Bannon
Melvyn Douglas ... Homer Bannon
Patricia Neal ... Alma Brown
Brandon De Wilde ... Lonnie Bannon (as Brandon de Wilde)
Whit Bissell ... Mr. Burris
Crahan Denton ... Jesse
John Ashley ... Hermy
Val Avery ... Jose
George Petrie ... Joe Scanlon
Curt Conway Curt Conway ... Truman Peters
Sheldon Allman Sheldon Allman ... Mr. Thompson
Pitt Herbert ... Mr. Larker
Carl Low Carl Low ... Mr. Kirby
Robert Hinkle Robert Hinkle ... Rodeo Announcer Frank
Don Kennedy Don Kennedy ... Charlie Tucker
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Storyline

Hud Bannon is a ruthless young man who tarnishes everything and everyone he touches. Hud represents the perfect embodiment of alienated youth, out for kicks with no regard for the consequences. There is bitter conflict between the callous Hud and his stern and highly principled father, Homer. Hud's nephew Lon admires Hud's cheating ways, though he soon becomes aware of Hud's reckless amorality to bear him anymore. In the world of the takers and the taken, Hud is a winner. He's a cheat, but, he explains "I always say the law was meant to be interpreted in a lenient manner." Written by alfiehitchie

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The man with the barbed wire soul! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Western

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 May 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El indomable See more »

Filming Locations:

Vernon, Texas, USA See more »

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Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Melvyn Douglas was delighted with Martin Ritt's suggestion that the actor spend three weeks rehearsing with the rest of the cast to delve more deeply into the role and get a sense of continuity before shooting started, a reflection of the director's theatre background. See more »

Goofs

When the vet first comes and is talking to them all about possible causes of the cow death, the wind comes up and causes one of the mylar reflectors to wobble, creating a flash in the scene like someone fired a camera. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Lonnie Bannon: OK, thanks for the lift.
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Connections

Referenced in Preminger: Anatomy of a Filmmaker (1991) See more »

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Bonaparte's Retreat
(1950) (uncredited)
By Pee Wee King
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Hard to take but worth it
1 December 2006 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

It's difficult to grasp that Melvyn Douglas spent most of his career sailing through light, romantic roles and emerged in old age as one of the greatest actors in cinema history. Knowing the talent he possessed, how did he keep from killing the heads of the studios? Paul Newman, Melvyn Douglas, Patricia Neal, and Brandon de Wilde star in "Hud," an unsparing 1963 morality story about a Texas rancher, Homer Bannon, his bastard son, Hud, his housekeeper, and his grandson. The bastard, of course, is Paul Newman, who doesn't have a decent bone in his body. People on this board have said it's his greatest performance. He's given so many great ones, it's hard to say for me. An astounding actor, and he gets a run for his money from Douglas, who plays the moral center of the story.

The two characters couldn't be more opposite, as one sees in their treatment of a potential run of hoof and mouth disease that could wipe out Homer's entire herd. Hud wants to ship the whole herd out and possibly infect other people's cattle - he couldn't care less. Homer won't hear of it.

If you love animals, this is a difficult film to watch, but it's worth it. Melvyn Douglas is absolutely gut-wrenching as Homer, a proud man who loves the land and his cattle and who has no use for his son, who smashed his car and killed Homer's other son. de Wilde is Hud's nephew who admires him and wants to emulate him but as time goes by, realizes that Hud is made of ice. de Wilde doesn't give an emotional performance - he's almost more of an observer. It works well here amidst the very contained Douglas and the free and easy Newman. You can see he's a good kid trying to grow up and decide what kind of man to be.

Patricia Neal is the housekeeper; she and Douglas both deservingly won Oscars. Her delivery is wry and knowing; she can't help being attracted to the virile Hud but she knows he's trouble and never gives in to her desires willingly.

As much as I love Newman and think he's one of the greatest actors ever to hit the movies, for me, Douglas' searing performance is the one that will stay with me. It's easy to see why in 1963 this was such a dramatic breakthrough for Newman, but 43 years and many roles later, we're more familiar with what he can do. We know he can play a cold bastard now. His greatest performances for me will always be those in the "The Verdict" and "The Hustler," both of which called for many more nuances of character. Hud represents '60s disillusionment - which as the decade went on was only going to get worse; this is one of the reasons it is an iconic role. For me, Newman had more surprises in store.

Brilliant performances, excellent direction, stark photography, Hud is a great American film, not easily forgotten once seen.


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