(out of 5)

Fantastic western directed by Martin Ritt features at his best, playing among the most memorable anti-heroes in film history. It takes place on a cattle ranch where badass Hud (Newman) is living with his kindly father (a brilliant ) and their burnt-out housekeeper (an equally impressive ). The ranch is threatened when a disease spreads among the animals, causing a rift between father and son when Hud makes it clear that he doesn’t care for his duties as a rancher at all. That’s the main story at least, but mostly the film revolves around the personal conflicts between these characters, all of it kept under close guard by James Wong Howe’s beautiful black and white cinematography and the extremely fine screenplay. This is one of the best American films of the decade.

Paramount Pictures, Salem-Dover Productions

USA, 1963

Directed by Martin Ritt

Screenplay by , based on the novel by

Cinematography by

Produced by Irving Ravetch, Martin Ritt

Music by

Production Design by ,

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1963

Golden Globe Awards 1963

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