HOMBRE [1967] movie review recommended western

September 2, 2013 · Print This Article

For perhaps a year HOMBRE [1967] had been sitting in my Netflix queue, the title and the plot summary keeping me from getting around to watching it. There was no need for hesitation at all as HOMBRE is a great great western.

Sometimes an actor being too famous makes me be suspicious about how good he could be in a movie I had never heard of before, such was the case with Paul Newman playing John Russell in HOMBRE. He was great in the title role of a young white boy raised by Indians, but who had also lived amongst white people as well. His face almost never showed any emotion, but you could hear his brain working.

When the white man he lived with for a time died and left him his B&B in town, he decided to close it down and sell it for some horses. To make the deal he joined a hastily put together stagecoach trip. A rich old man and his young pretty wife needed to get somewhere in a hurry, so Russell joined the group along with the woman who used to run the B&B and a young couple looking for a new start. At the last minute some tough dude muscles his way into a seat on the stage too.

Travel is tight inside the stage coach and personal, and the conversation soon becomes just as personal where just the fact Russell was raised by Indians caused some to think he should not ride inside with them. They wanted him up by the driver.

Thusly they then continued until the stagecoach is held up. Some of the passengers now left stranded, they look to Russell to use his real world survival skills to get them all safely across the waste to town. He could care less and makes them keep up with him. How much he will soften in his attitudes toward those who were days before prejudiced against him, is what determines the final fates of all.

The ending was surprising and powerful. HOMBRE is a highly recommended western.


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