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- Dashiell Barnes
A tense, modern Western. Newman is perfect in an Oscar- nominated performance as the arrogant title character who constantly clashes with rigid father Douglas in an Oscar-winning role, Neal won the Best Actress Academy Award as Newman & Douglas' middle-aged housekeeper. Director Ritt brilliantly adapts McMurtry's "Horseman Pass By," with the striking, Oscar-winning photography of the featureless land by James Wong Howe. Magnificently-acted & a great study of morale degeneracy. I give it a 4.5/5.
A Study in Moral Degradation.
- Frank Harris Horn
Martin Ritt brings Larry McMurtry's novel, "Horseman Pass" to life on the silver screen with Paul Newman in another one of his finest performances in this modern-day Western, in which he plays a Texas-borne heel, who is at odds with Melvyn Douglas as his ethically, uncompromising father over his irresponsibility on running their cattle ranch and the upbringing of his own son. Patricia Neal, who recently past away at 84, won the Academy Award as Best Supporting Actress for her performance as the family housekeeper. James Wong Howe won the Oscar for Best Cinematography (B&W). Brilliantly adapted for the big screen by Irving Ravetch and Harriet Frank, Jr. With Brandon de Wilde, Whit Bissell, Yvette Vickers, John Ashley, George Petrie, Crahan Denton, Sharon Hillyer, Val Avery, Curt Conway, Pitt Herbert & Sheldon Allman.
- Jay Higgins
Brilliant film, absolutely brilliant. Patricia Neal well deserved her Oscar, and gives one of the most memorable performances of all time. Melvyn Douglas is superb, Brandon deWilde and Paul Newman give some of the best performances of their career. The direction is sublime. Excellent cinematography and screenplay.
The Quiet 'No Country for Old Men'
- Brian Canova
Watching Hud, one can't help but make the comparison between this 1963 offering and "No Country for Old Men," the Academy Award-winning film which came nearly 45 years later. Both provide commentary on a way of life in Texas that is in decline. The good and honorable must step aside to make way for greed and evil. Hud is different in that its scope is smaller and more intimate. As a result, the focus rests on one family's struggle to make sense or plead ignorance to what is right and what is wrong. Visuals of dust and shadow add to the uncertainty that looms over the Bannon family; the uncertainty of their livelihood as well as their morals. Also, a big cheer for Elmer Bernstein's score. A lesser composer might have turned the music of "Hud" into an all-out orchestral event. Bernstein wisely sprinkles on an acoustic guitar that honors the film's landscape and subject matter. At seprate points during the film, Homer and Hud Bannon criticize loud music or turn it off when it plays on the radio. I wonder if Mr. Bernstein considered this disdain when giving a musical voice to "Hud." Simply put, "Hud" is a sight and sound success.
My favorite Paul Newman film
- Mike Serviente
Paul Newman plays a sad character who drowns his sorrows in alcohol and women. This film takes place in a stark Texas landscape with true to life characters as harsh as the land they inhabit. It also offers a glimmer of hope in the Brandon DeWilde portrayal of Huds nephew as he sees what his uncle has become. We see how causing his brothers death destroyed the relationship with his father, and ultimately drove Hud to be the selfish and bitter man he has become.
A remarkable film!!
- Julien Byrne
For every movie that has glamorized life in the West this film is the perfect antidote. Wonderous and heartbreaking at the same time, Martin Ritt was never any better at eliciting remarkable performances from his actors. Patricia Neal is especially suberb at conveying all of the loneliness and dashed hopes of the changing West and the disillusioned characters who filled its landscape. This film is an absolute must-see!
Best Film of Texas Ranching Family Strife
No other movie has the Power and Impact of living on a R\Texas ranch in the lone planes area. With only local affairs to attend life can be as hard and cold as the movie shows. The acting of all the cast is perfect all the way down to the dust in the wind and the lonely honestead. Drinking driving fast and raising Hell were all there was except on Sunday Go To Meetings. No one knows the lonely days and hard work unless you lived this type of life, but the movie brings it out to it's fullest depthsas can be imagined by not actually being on a ranch of this type and magnitude. It brings realism to the young and the old and all that can happen in some of the better times and worst of times. How families can be torn apart by things never imagined and the cruelties each can inflict on the other because of the life they live. Super character study of this type of life when life deals these blows and how it can change the families fellings of one another. Great Movie and I watch it Whenever I see it come on. Black and White if the ONLY format it should be shown in. Color would ruin it's impact. And My Friends Call Me HUD.... (That is because I always watch it. I am not a True - HUD)
This film has greatness written all over it. The cast is superb and the Directing and Cinematography is amazing. The story and music score is unforgetable. What a masterpiece... .