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Hud (1963)



Critic Consensus: A Western that swaps out the Hollywood glamor for shades of moral gray, Hud is a sobering showcase for a sterling ensemble of actors at the top of their respective games.

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On a Texas ranch an unruly man is bitter enemies with his elderly father, assaults and abuses the woman housekeeper, and shows a young boy who idolizes him the wrong examples.

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Paul Newman
as Hud Bannon
Patricia Neal
as Alma Brown
Melvyn Douglas
as Homer Bannon
Brandon De Wilde
as Lon Bannon
Curt Conway
as Truman Peters
Yvette Vickers
as Lily Peters
George Petrie
as Joe Scanton
David Kent
as Donald
Frank Killmond
as Dumb Billy
N. Candido
as Patron
Carl Low
as Kirby
Don Kennedy
as Charlie Tucker
Sy Prescott
as Man Greased in Pig Sequence
Carl Saxe
as Proprietor
Robert Hinkle
as Announcer
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Critic Reviews for Hud

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (5)

The four principal actors -- Newman, Neal, Douglas, and de Wilde -- are so good that they might well form the nucleus of a cinematic repertory company.

October 1, 2008 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Where it falls short of the mark is in its failure to filter its meaning and theme lucidly through its characters and story.

January 7, 2008 | Full Review…

One of Ritt's best films.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

More or less plays out as a home-on-the-range knock-off of Nicolas Ray's brilliant Rebel Without a Cause.

November 28, 2003 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Martin Ritt directed, putting a little too much dust in the dust bowl for my taste.

January 1, 2000 erratic endeavor that succeeds most keenly as a showcase for its uniformly superb performances...

June 22, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Hud

Look under the skin of the American dream and there's a dust bowl the size of Texas, where the wide open spaces still do not provide enough breathing room, where everything still feels too unbearably close.. Martin Ritt's film introduces us to a family running their own spread, cowboys all, but disease and dissatisfaction, selfishness, eat away at any semblance of decency. Newman makes his mark as the most honest soul walking and unhappy, unhappy, unhappy. Melvin Douglas and Patricia Neal are great here.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

I can't get enough of Larry McMurtry's West Texas, and Hud is yet another excellent film based on his novels (see: Last Picture Show, Lonesome Dove, Terms of Endearment, and note that he wrote the screen adaptation of E. Annie Proulx's short story Brokeback Mountain, too). Paul Newman plays one of the angriest young men you'll ever see on screen, a farm boy too wild for his home who has a terrible relationship with his father, and maybe a drinking problem. Brilliant for its esoteric nods to remote, small town life, and memorable for the Oscar-winning performances by Patricia Neal and Melvyn Douglas, Hud tells a classic story that, though it slows a little by times, frequently punches you in the gut like only McMurtry can. The writing is incredibly economical, too. As Chekhov said, if there's a gun on the mantle in Act I, it had better go off in Act III. Every new element that comes into the story pays off, to the point that, with every new revelation, you ask, "Now where is THIS going to go," and you're never disappointed. It's a very good film.

Daniel Perry
Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer


Bleak, beautiful, and well acted = my kind of film.

Reid Volk
Reid Volk

Super Reviewer

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