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Hondo is the 1953 classic Western, adapted from the short story 'The Gift of Cochise' by Louis L'Amour, and directed by John Farrow (Plunder of the Sun). The film's title derives from the main character, Hondo Lane (John Wayne, Rio Bravo, Red River, True Grit), a tough gunfighter and scout with a sense of ethics, a loner who does not like liars. One day, he happens onto the homestead of a lonely White woman, Angie Lowe (Geraldine Page). She and her young son Johnny (Lee Aaker) live peacefully on Apache lands. The central plot point in the story is a broken treaty, which causes conflict between the Apaches, headed by Vittorio (Michael Pate), and the U.S. Cavalry. Vittorio has no real quarrel with Mrs. Lowe, however. Indeed, he keeps returning to her homestead, concerned that she and especially Johnny, who appears to be without a father, will not be able to survive in such a harsh land.