Home from the Hill

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  • Passed
  • 1960
  • 2 hr 30 min
  • 7.4  (3,821)

Home from the Hill is a 1960 American drama film directed by Vincente Minnelli and starring Robert Mitchum, Eleanor Parker, and George Peppard. The film is based on the novel of the same name by William Humphrey. The story focuses on the powerful and wealthy Wade Hunnicutt (Mitchum), a renowned Texas hunter and landowner, and his family. Despite his success in business and hunting, Hunnicutt is despised by his wife, Hannah (Parker), who married him for his money and status. Wade is also estranged from his two sons, Theron (Peppard) and Rafe (George Hamilton), due to his philandering ways and his treatment of their mother.

When Theron becomes engaged to Libby Halstead (Luana Patten), a local girl from a poor family, Wade is initially opposed to the marriage. However, after learning that Libby is pregnant, he agrees to the marriage and invites her family to stay at his estate. As Theron and Libby settle into married life, they begin to face challenges from Wade's disapproval, as well as from the town’s deeply ingrained prejudices against the Halsteads.

Meanwhile, Rafe returns home from military service with a newfound sense of responsibility and a desire to reconcile with his father. His efforts to connect with Wade are complicated by his own feelings of resentment and betrayal towards his father.

As the tensions between the Hunnicutt family members come to a head, they are forced to confront their long-held resentments and secrets. The film explores themes of class, race, and family dynamics, as well as the destructive effects of toxic masculinity and patriarchal power dynamics.

Robert Mitchum delivers a powerful performance as the larger-than-life Wade Hunnicutt, perfectly embodying the character’s toxic mix of charisma, cruelty, and vulnerability. Eleanor Parker also shines as Hannah, a woman trapped in a loveless marriage and struggling for her own agency in a patriarchal society. George Peppard and George Hamilton bring nuance and depth to their roles as the troubled Hunnicutt sons, with Peppard in particular portraying Theron’s turmoil with great sensitivity.

The film’s cinematography and set design are also stunning, capturing the grandeur and beauty of the Texas landscapes and the opulence of the Hunnicutt estate. The juxtaposition between the natural beauty and the emotional turmoil of the characters creates a poignant visual contrast.

Overall, Home from the Hill is a gripping and emotionally resonant drama that explores complex themes with depth and sensitivity. It’s a testament to the power of classic Hollywood storytelling, and a must-see for fans of the genre.

Home from the Hill is a 1960 drama with a runtime of 2 hours and 30 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.4.

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    7.4  (3,821)