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Hondo [Special Collector's Edition] [DVD] [1953]

Release Date:10/11/2005

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    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (11 out of 11)

    Special Features

    • Commentary by Leonard Maltin, western historian Frank Thompson, and actor Lee Aaker
    • A special introduction by Leonard Maltin
    • The making of Hondo
    • Profile: James Edward Grant
    • The John Wayne Stock Company: Ward Bond
    • From the Batjac Vaults
    • The Apache
    • Photo gallery
    • Original theatrical trailer
    • Batjac teaser
    • Full screen format
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround and Mono
    • English subtitles
    • Closed Captioned


    Hondo is so "perfect" a John Ford western that many people assume it was directed by John Ford--or at the very least, Andrew McLaglen. Actually the director was suspense expert John Farrow, who worked with the "Duke" only twice in his career (the second film was an oddball war drama, The Sea Chase [55]). In Hondo, John Wayne plays a hard-bitten cavalry scout who is humanized by frontierswoman Geraldine Page and her young son (Lee Aaker, star of TV's Rin Tin Tin). Try as he might, Wayne can't convince Page to move off her land in anticipation of an Apache attack. He leaves her ranch, only to be ambushed by desperado Leo Gordon--who happens to be Page's long-absent husband. Having killed Gordon, Hondo returns to the ranch to protect Page from the Indians, and to rekindle the woman's hesitant love for him. The climactic attack sequence is enhanced by Hondo's 3-D photography, one of the few truly effective utilizations of this much-maligned process. Long unavailable thanks to the labyrinthine legal tangles of the John Wayne estate, Hondo was finally released to videotape in the early 1990s. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • John Wayne
      John Wayne - Hondo Lane
    • Geraldine Page
      Geraldine Page - Angie Lowe
    • Ward Bond
      Ward Bond - Buffalo
    • Michael Pate
      Michael Pate - Vittorio
    • James Arness
      James Arness - Lennie

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