HOMBRE is a very good American western featuring Paul Newman, hot off Cool Hand Luke, in the title role. If Cool Hand Luke saw Newman at his deepest and most emotional, HOMBRE sees him playing a totally different part: ice cold, his feelings hidden beneath a tough and leathery old skin. He plays a white man raised on an Apache reservation and thus suffering the scorn of his fellows. He ends up taking a fateful trip on a stagecoach waylaid by bandits and must use his survival skills to help keep his fellow passengers alive.
The film has a leisurely pace and a long set up, but everything works well here. Each character has a little story all of their own and the actors centre the roles well. Diane Cilento is particularly good as the damaged woman that Newman butts heads with, but the likes of Fredric March, Cameron Mitchell, and Martin Balsam don't disappoint either. Richard Boone is particularly imposing as the chief villain in the story, and the action is handled expertly with some great twists and turns along the way.
Action / Western
Action / Western
John 'Hombre' Russell is a white man raised by the Apaches on an Indian reservation and later by a white man in town. As an adult he prefers to live on the reservation. He is informed that he has inherited a lodging-house in the town. He goes to the town and decides to trade the place for a herd. He has to go to another city. The only stagecoach is one being hired for a special trip paid by Faver and his wife Audra. As there are several seats others join the stagecoach making seven very different passengers in all. During the journey they are robbed. With the leadership of John Russell they escape with little water and the money that the bandits want. They are pursued by the bandits. As they try to evade the bandits they reveal their true nature in a life threatening situation.
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