Hombre

Paul Newman stars as a white man who has been raised by Apaches and much prefers their lifestyle to that of his own people. As the film opens, he has inherited a boarding house and must take a stagecoach journey to reach the property. Balsam, Newman's only white friend, is the stagecoach driver. The passengers include March, an Indian-hating businessman;...read more

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Paul Newman stars as a white man who has been raised by Apaches and much prefers their lifestyle to that of his own people. As the film opens, he has inherited a boarding house and must take a stagecoach journey to reach the property. Balsam, Newman's only white friend, is the stagecoach

driver. The passengers include March, an Indian-hating businessman; his snobbish wife, Rush; newlyweds Lazer and Blye; Cilento, manager of the boarding house Newman has inherited; and the nasty Boone. Gunmen hold up the stage and take Rush hostage in a robbery engineered by Boone. Newman and the

passengers hole up at an abandoned mine shaft while Boone and his henchmen attempt to extract a ransom in return for Rush. Eventually, Newman is able to kill off Boone and his gang, but he himself is killed in the battle. Noble in intent, albeit somewhat heavy-handed, this was one of the earliest

films which attempted to offer a sympathetic portrait of Indians in the Old West. It's an extremely violent and brutal film, featuring a fine performance by Newman. He's a blunt, practical man who favors action over words. Cilento is appealing as the worldly landlady, and Boone is chilling as the

sadistic bad man who is ready to murder anyone standing in his way. March's character is so stereotypical that there is little he can do with it, while Rush overacts mightily. This was the sixth and last time Newman and director Ritt worked together, a pairing that began with THE LONG, HOT SUMMER

in 1958, and included one of Newman's best films, HUD, in 1963.

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