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Yes, Paul Newman is a blue-eyed Indian in Hombre, but this apparent ethnic error is carefully justified in the body of the story. Newman plays a white man who was raised by the Apaches, and ever since has straddled two worlds, feeling truly comfortable in neither. While riding a stagecoach, Newman is subject to the racial bias of banker Fredric March and his snooty wife Barbara Rush. In truth, March is an embezzler, and has no reason to feel superior to anyone. This fact comes out when the coach is held up by murderous bandit-chief Richard Boone. When the passengers fight back, Boone takes… More

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"One of Ritt's best films, with fine performances all round, impressive Death Valley locations, and superlative camerawork from James Wong Howe."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
""...depicts the American West as a collision of codes.""
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"Sun-blaring Newman western; gritty action"
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"For as much as Hombre is a film of its time, it endures as an example of how deeper examinations of the rifts that divide individuals and nations are forever contemporary."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"For this is a first-rate cooking of a western recipe-not a great Western film nor a creation, but an excellent putting of heat to a fine selected blend."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Martin Ritt's movie set a new trend in American Westerns in its criticism of the White men and in suggesting that the Native Americans are morally superior."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Como em todo filme inspirado em obra de Elmore Leonard, Hombre conta com diálogos afiados - que acabam se tornando ainda mais marcantes graças à brilhante atuação de Paul Newman."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"The performances are uniformly excellent...It's intelligent and has a certain grace as well."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Superior western, with a liberal slant, based on the novel by Elmore Leonard."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Those looking for an intelligent and bittersweet western should search out Hombre, a somewhat overlooked (yet still fondly remembered) mini-classic of the genre."
‑ Scott Weinberg, Apollo Guide
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