Hondo (1953)

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"… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 1, 1953
DVD Release Date: October 11, 2005
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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Stands out as one of Wayne's best-remembered features, a smooth Western co-produced by Wayne and shot at the tail end of the '50s 3-D craze. [Blu-ray]

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Aside from the films of Howard Hawks and John Ford, this is arguably John Wayne's best and most beloved Western

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...an intelligent yet thrilling film, long on talk but with sufficient derring-do to satisfy most fans of the Western genre.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A superb offbeat Western, set in the New Mexico of 1874.

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Emanuel Levy

Directed by John Farrow in 3-D, this Western resembles George Stevens' Shane (released few months earlier), based on the premise that to become a real man every boy needs a father (biological or surrogate); the film marks Geraldine Page's screen debut

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
A different kind of John Wayne Western, one where the lines between good and evil aren't as simplistic or cartoony. Based on a Louis L'Amour novel… More
Stephen M
On a remote ranch in the heart of Apache territory, a U.S. cavalry dispatch rider (John Wayne) befriends a mother (Geraldine Page) and her young son, falling in… More
Red Lats
I haven't seen many of John Wayne's movies, but I would imagine that most of his are like this. John is the good guy, but the movie can't decide… More
Dean McKenna
This John Wayne's western is fascinating and performances, overcomes the gimmicky process with excellent performances, plenty of action, and an uncommonly… More
Conner Rainwater
A fun movie showcasing John Wayne as an incredibly cool human being. The plot's straight-forward and the characters make sense. Even if it lacks visual… More
jay nixon
Wayne and Geraldine Page are an odd duo but she makes him better and that makes this one of his better films.