- 1 hr 24 min
In the 1953 Western film Hondo, John Wayne stars as the titular character, Hondo Lane, a Confederate soldier who now works as a dispatch rider for the United States Cavalry in Apache territory. Along the way, he meets a woman named Angie Lowe (Geraldine Page) and her young son, Johnny (Lee Aaker), who are living alone on a ranch in the middle of Apache territory. Initially, Angie is hesitant to trust Hondo, but as they spend more time together, she realizes that he is a good man with a troubled past. As the threat of Apache attacks looms, Hondo offers to help Angie and Johnny prepare for the worst, and they begin to work together to fortify the ranch and protect themselves from the Apache. Meanwhile, tensions between the Apache and the Cavalry continue to escalate, and Hondo finds himself caught in the middle of a dangerous conflict. Despite his sympathies for the Apache, Hondo is forced to choose sides when the Cavalry dispatches a troop to quell an Apache uprising. Throughout the film, Hondo must navigate a complex web of allegiances and rivalries as he tries to protect Angie and Johnny from the dangers that surround them. Along the way, he must confront his own inner demons and come to terms with his past, even as he faces the uncertain future that awaits him in the Wild West. Directed by John Farrow and co-written by James Edward Grant and Louis L'Amour, Hondo was based on a short story by L'Amour and was widely praised for its strong performances, stunning cinematography, and gripping storyline. In addition to Wayne, Page, and Aaker, the film also featured memorable supporting performances from Ward Bond, Michael Pate, and James Arness. Upon its release, Hondo was both a critical and commercial success, earning an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress (Page) and cementing John Wayne's status as a Hollywood legend. Today, the film is regarded as a classic of the Western genre, noted for its exploration of complex themes such as loyalty, honor, and redemption in the Wild West.