Hud (1963) - Drama, Western

Hohum Score

3

Breathtaking

Honest and hard-working Texas rancher Homer Bannon has a conflict with his unscrupulous, selfish, arrogant and egotistical son Hud, who sank into alcoholism after accidentally killing his brother in a car crash.

IMDB: 7.8
Director: Martin Ritt
Stars: Paul Newman, Melvyn Douglas
Length: 112 Minutes
PG Rating: N/A
Reviews: 12 out of 136 found boring (8.82%)

One-line Reviews (60)

I love old movies and have rated many very highly, but this one just seemed pointless to me.

A path littered with empty bottles and angry husbands gets pretty lonely after a while.

Jeez what a tepid bore.

One of the most intense dramas in Hollywood's history.

It's worth watching the film just to feel their chemistry.

Absorbing Character Study .

Terrific Paul Newman in an enjoyable performance, though using the Stanislawski method , it results to be a superb piece of acting .

Emotionally stunning movie; many remarkable segments, including the riveting cattle slaughter scenes.

Interesting screenplay dealing with brooding themes such as the disintegration of a heritage , including engaging dialogs haunted by frames of decay and death ; being nicely written by Irving Ravetch and Harriet Frank Jr. from a novel by Larry McMurtry .

It's worth watching several times.

I found this to be film to be an utterly engrossing study of the modern urbanized cowboy.

Rating : Above average, well worth watching ; along with ¨Outrage¨ , being one of Ritt's best movie.

Dusky-voiced Patricia Neal, whose looks had begun to harden by this time, is fascinating as the forlorn, slovenly housekeeper Alma who has her careworn hands full just keeping the lustful, roving Hud in line.

The major problems in Hud are two-fold; 1) The pacing; the first hour is unbearably slow with very little of interest going on - it has a quiet simmer about it when really it should have gradually started bubbling.

Country music bleeds from juke boxes and transistor radios, as bland and omnipresent as the dust, creeping into every crevice of the film.

That film also explored failed relationships and alienation in a setting that offered little hope of escape, with an attendant atmosphere of mediocrity and boredom.

Breathtaking cinematography .

It's a movie of compelling characters and terrific performances.

The gripping acting of Paul Newman, Melvin Douglas and Patricia Neal filmed with desolation beauty by James Wong Howe is nothing less than than one of the great films ever made.

However the film is much more than that, being a scathing and compelling battle between the old and new generations which focuses on one household while also commenting on an entire country.

She fills in as the missing friend to Hud, an absent mother to Hud's nephew who is now coming of age.

On this level the film is fascinating to watch as it gives a greater meaning to the destructive excesses of Hud and the film grips as a battle that none of the characters know they are having or really ever decided to have, it is just a change that is happening.

Newman clearly is in his element and is riveting, though at least equally interesting is Douglas--who does a wonderful job conveying decency and integrity.

The difference for me was that whilst I found The Hustler to be a rewarding, rich and absorbing character study from start to finish Hud didn't quite have the same impression on me...

Stunning cinematography, 3 great performances...

I would recommend this movie to anyone who want to watch an intelligent, entertaining film with great black and white shots.

Then there is the casting, acting and story which are equally compelling.

The setting is a rural Texan town with the same dryness that inhabits the heart of its titular character, Paul Newman, in one of his most intriguing roles.

Lon, on the edge of manhood with all the expected appetites for food and women intact, admires both his grandfather and his uncle.

While this is a slow-moving film and there isn't a lot of action, it is filled with excellent character studies.

Elmer Bernstein's evocative music and James Wong Howe's striking black-and-white cinematography contribute immeasurably to the film's success.

The score was a stunning and memorable surprise.

The pain of seeing everything you worked for buried was deeply evident and made for compelling dram with a brilliant script based upon a Larry McMurtry novel, and outstanding black and white cinematography.

As a tale of brute loneliness and derailed idealism set in windswept bleak cattle country HUD for it's quiet street scenes, night time cafe/bar wanderings and bored dialog reflecting the isolated hearts and lives ...

Hud is quite self serving and just looking out for his own interests, but he makes a compelling case for not letting government bureaucrats tell them how to run his business and how his Dad and him could get out of the potential mess they could soon face.

In the opening sequence Lonnie's radio, carried in his chest pocket, plays the sad lyrics defining the film:___"I'm just driftwood floating down the tide ___I don't care where this old river carries me ___I'll keep drifting just because my heart is broken inside ___And I'm tired of wishing for what cannot be"Paul Newman gives a compelling performance as Hud Bannon, the tragically misunderstood son of Homer, an aging and principled cattleman who has never provided the parental love and nurturing his son so craved and needed.

if it had been anyone but Newman in the role this would have become tiresome quickly.

The job of this movie, as far as I can see, is for De Wilde to be sort of this neutral energy and for the Douglas and Neal characters to exert enough of a centered and constructive energy that it overwhelms Hud's gravity even in the face of his clearly being the most fascinating character in the film.

The film starts off a little slow and has a slower pace to it, but I eventually started getting more and more interested in the plot and the characters that I soon started to really get into the film.

This is a slow black and white film that leaves an indelible imprint on the mind.

It's a haunting, fascinating and absolutely memorable portrayal, matched by a trio of superb supporting performances.

A contemporary Western shot in beautifully-lit black and white by James Wong Howe and sensitively directed by Martin Ritt, this was a gripping and involving family saga featuring a great star turn by one of the best actors of the 60's.

My job is to tell you how the film affected me and it was riveting.

He's a good boy, and spends his time trying to emulate and buddy up to Hud, while still pleasing his stodgy old grandfather.

Neal is the 40 something housekeeper taking care of the aging Melvyn Douglas and even in those drab housewife outfits, Neal somehow manages to look fetching.

The interplay between these four people is what makes this starkly photographed black and white movie so good, backed up as it is by a simple but evocative guitar solo.

fascinating characters and terrific performances .

Exciting and thought-provoking clear-eyed story of growing in Texas plenty of interesting drama , emotion and a strong antagonism between the free-drinking son and a sternly moralising patriarchal ranch owner , including elements of Greek tragedy .

The film has an engrossing story and I became quite interested in the story and the characters and overall I found this to be a very well made and written movie.

There is a glaring mismatch between Hud's playboy inclinations and the dour, empty life of the farm.

A brilliantly evocative character study set against an arid Texas backdrop.

Every episode presented, the opening scene, the pointless brawls, the greased pig contest, the ugly rape attempt, the cattle slaughter, the old man's death-rattle, just leave a nasty taste in the mouth.

The Scene, and a Few Others, are so Unremarkable and Ho Hum They Seem Out of Place and don't Belong in a Movie that is So Good Otherwise.

The movie's theme is standard, even trite, it's message mundane.

Tremendous cinematography throughout this film adds to the lonely and empty atmosphere.

Besides a drama and character study the movie can also be seen as a coming of age movie.

Evocative cinematography by James Wong Howe , he's a classic cameraman who won two Oscars (for Hud, and Rose tattoo), working from silent cinema .

Another unexpected character for "Hud" was Newman's pink Caddy.......

With the age of innuendo, younger viewers will quickly become bored, except for the bar room fight and the pig wrestling contest.

By today's standards the driving of cattle into a crowded pit in the field to be shot seems heartless, but bland in black and white.