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.
Drifter Chance Wayne returns to his hometown after many years of trying to make it in the movies. Arriving with him is a faded film star he picked up along the way, Alexandra Del Lago. ... See full summary »
Brick, an alcoholic ex-football player, drinks his days away and resists the affections of his wife, Maggie. His reunion with his father, Big Daddy, who is dying of cancer, jogs a host of memories and revelations for both father and son.
John 'Hombre' Russell is a white man raised by the Apaches on an Indian reservation and later by a white man in town. As an adult he prefers to live on the reservation. He is informed that he has inherited a lodging-house in the town. He goes to the town and decides to trade the place for a herd. He has to go to another city. The only stagecoach is one being hired for a special trip paid by Faver and his wife Audra. As there are several seats others join the stagecoach making seven very different passengers in all. During the journey they are robbed. With the leadership of John Russell they escape with little water and the money that the bandits want. They are pursued by the bandits. As they try to evade the bandits they reveal their true nature in a life threatening situation.Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Bill G. Walsall England
When Doris asks Mrs. Favor what her perfume costs, Mrs. Favor replies "The best years of your life". Fredric March, who plays her husband, Dr. Favor, had starred in "The Best Years of Our Lives" (1946). See more »
When John Russell is coming to Delgado to see Mendez, in the background are 3 or 4 farm vehicles working in the distance. The sun can be seen gleaming from one of them as it moves through a dust cloud it is making. See more »
[after going through Favor's luggage and taking out the money]
Looks like you did good and we did better.
That was pretty smart, billin' the government for food for the Indians and then keepin' the money while them poor Indians starve to death.
You know, the thing is; he ought to be over here with us instead of standin' over there
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A wonderful slice of strength, needed, but not appreciated or loved.
This film made Paul Newman my favorite male actor for decades. It affected the way I have seen every one of his roles, even his salad dressing. The story line brings John Russell's (Newman) personal strength of character and survival into sharp contrast with many of the other characters' own sense of strength, and therefore the viewers' as well. There are villains all around and innocent (and not so innocent) victims for the taking. Personal values of all kinds (racial, greed, criminal) are set up for display and comparison against Russell's simple personal strength and integrity like a painting competition at a state fair.
My most remembered quote from this film is Russell's response to Dr. Favor(the embezzler)when Favor attempts to educate Russell that white (implying civilized) people stick together and help each other out and Russell responds, "They better".
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