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69 Ratings


Directed by John Farrow
United States, 1953


Army despatch rider Hondo Lane discovers a woman and her son living in the midst of warring Apaches, and he becomes their protector.

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Hondo Directed by John Farrow

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1954 | 2 nominations including: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

What are people saying?

  • José Neves's rating of the film Hondo

    TV. Cinematography by Robert Burks and Archie Stout. A variation on Wayne's usual persona, making him half Apache!, though smilingly an alpha male. It's an usual western with the peculiarity of much of its action is contextualized in a concentrated space, where the relation between the protagonists evolves as in a kammerspiel. It doesn't avoid, however, quite a few clichés and dramaturgically disputable situations.

  • Nolan Barth's rating of the film Hondo

    My dad is a huge John Wayne fan. He practically worships at the guy's feet. That being said as a kid I never really enjoyed westerns, especially not John Wayne westerns. However, the older I became the more I started to appreciate John Wayne. Hondo isn't by any means the Duke's best film, but it is far from his worst. This is a fun enough western that will leave you engaged from start to finish.

  • Elephants Gerald's rating of the film Hondo

    Westerns are so aggressively blah to me. Even THE SEARCHERS. They perhaps have lost their cultural cachet and so it's easier for me to shit-talk Westerns than something still hip like film noir. This one starred John Wayne as John Wayne, lamenting the destruction of the Native Americans.

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