Hud

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Released 1963

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Director:
Martin Ritt
Released:
1963
Rating:
Not rated
Hud is a Western made in 1960 by Michael Ritt starring Paul Newman. Hud (Newman) is a young cowboy who lives with his father Homer (Melvyn Douglas) in Texas. Homer spends most of his time trying to convince his nephew, Lon (Brandon DeWilde) that Hud is not someone to look up to; Hud is trouble but Lon just won't see it. These men make their living off their cattle, and when the stock begin to get sick they have to devise a way to keep the inspectors from finding out. Hud wants to sell them but his father has them killed and Hud is none-too-pleased. Lon continually defends Hud to everyone no matter what Hud does. Homer is fed up with Hud's ways as conflict after conflict arises and Hud continues to drive people away. By the end, Lon must choose between the ideal he has of Hud and every one else.

Metacritic Score

  • 100

    Empire Adam Smith

    Newman is at his very best, and the cinematography is backing him up every step of the way. Must-see material.

  • 70

    Time Out

    Pretensions are kept nicely damped down by the performances (all four principals are great) and by Wong Howe's magnificent camerawork.

  • 50

    Slant Magazine Ed Gonzalez

    Remarkably dull Hud more or less plays out as a home-on-the-range knock-off of Nicholas Ray's brilliant Rebel Without a Cause.

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Classics, Military & War