Cover image for Hondo [DVD] / Warner Bros. Pictures presents a Wayne-Fellows production ; Batjac Productions ; screenplay by James Edward Grant ; produced by Robert Fellows, Wayne Fellows ; directed by John Farrow.
Title:
Hondo [DVD] / Warner Bros. Pictures presents a Wayne-Fellows production ; Batjac Productions ; screenplay by James Edward Grant ; produced by Robert Fellows, Wayne Fellows ; directed by John Farrow.
Title Variants:
L'Amour, Louis,

Gift of Cochise.
ISBN:
9781415709009
Edition:
Special collector's ed.
Publication Information:
Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount Home Entertainment, [2005]
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (approximately 83 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Originally released as a motion picture in 1953.

Based on the novel "The gift of Cochise," by Louis L'Amour.

Special features: Special introduction by Leonard Maltin; Commentary by Leonard Maltin, Western historian Frank Thompson and actor Lee Aaker; Featurette: The making of Hondo; Profile: James Edward Grant; From the Batjac vaults; The Apache.
Abstract:
Hondo Lane, a dispatch rider for the cavalry, encounters Angie Lowe, a woman living alone with her young son in the midst of hostile Apache territory. She presumes she is safe because the Apaches, under their chief Vittorio, have always left them alone. Later Hondo has a run-in with Angie's good-for-nothing husband and is forced to kill him. When Vittorio captures Hondo to save his life, Angie tells the Apache chief that he is her husband. In order to protect her from a forced marriage with one of the Apaches, Hondo reluctantly goes along with the lie.
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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" only twice in his career (the second film was an oddball war drama, The Sea Chase [55]). In Hondo, John Wayne plays a hard-bitten cavalry scout who is humanized by frontierswoman Geraldine Page and her young son (Lee Aaker, star of TV's Rin Tin Tin). Try as he might, Wayne can't convince Page to move off her land in anticipation of an Apache attack. He leaves her ranch, only to be ambushed by desperado Leo Gordon--who happens to be Page's long-absent husband. Having killed Gordon, Hondo returns to the ranch to protect Page from the Indians, and to rekindle the woman's hesitant love for him. The climactic attack sequence is enhanced by Hondo's 3-D photography, one of the few truly effective utilizations of this much-maligned process. Long unavailable thanks to the labyrinthine legal tangles of the John Wayne estate, Hondo was finally released to videotape in the early 1990s. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi