Hombre (1967)

MARTIN RITT

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

USA, 1967.  Hombre Productions.  Screenplay by , .  Cinematography by .  Produced by Irving Ravetch, Martin Ritt.  Music by .  Production Design by , .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Paul Newman continues his collection of anti-heroes with this excellent western, adapted from the novel by Elmore Leonard.  He plays a white man raised by Apaches who suffers the racism that is dealt towards all Natives of frontier America. His background becomes an asset, however, when a stagecoach is held up and he’s in the prime spot to be of some use to both the victims and their assailants. Diane Cilento has a terrific supporting role as one of our hero’s loving women, and the whole supporting cast shines. This is one of the best westerns to be made in the sixties, a perfect warm-up for Sam Peckinpah’s brilliant The Wild Bunch.

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