Saturday, April 12, 2014
I liked HONDO. The story is a little different than your average cowboys versus Indians story thanks to the fact that the Indians were actually portrayed as humans and not just bloodthirsty savages. The relationship between Wayne and Geraldine was believable and I thought she was fantastic. I knew she was a master from her performance in INTERIORS, but seeing her give a performance nearly to the same level 25 years earlier was quite surprising. Beautiful photography, Ward Bond with a beard, quick pace, James Arness in a small role, cute looking dog. Worth a watch for western fans.
One interesting fact about HONDO is when the production went over schedule director John Farrow (yes, Mia's father) had to leave to start on his next project so John Ford was brought in (uncredited) to finish the job! How crazy is that?!