Hud (1963)

hud“Happens to everybody. Nobody gets out of life alive. ” – Hud

Number of Times Seen – 1 (20 Jan 2015)

Brief Synopsis – A rancher and his son differ as to how the ranch should be run following suspicion of an epidemic among the cattle.

My Take on it – This is a great example of a movie with a simple plot that is driven by exceptional performances by its actors.

Paul Newman and Melvyn Douglas play a rancher and his son who argue about everything when it comes to making decisions about running their ranch.

Both characters are fleshed out very well and we are drawn to them both because neither seems to be making a bad choice, just differing ones.

As the movie progresses (at a VERY slow pace), we learn more and more about each of their visions and must decide for ourselves who is right and who is wrong.

Patricia Neal and Brandon De Wilde are also very good when they are both put in positions where they must choose between the two ranch owners.

I wish that the story would have been more engaging and entertaining in order to draw me in more, but the performance are truly great here.

Douglas won the first of his two Best Supporting Acting Oscars for this movie and Neal won Best Actress despite only being onscreen for about 20 minutes. She still holds the record (as of 2014) for the least amount of screen time for a role by a Lead actor or actress to have won an Oscar.

Bottom Line – Not the most entertaining story, but great performances by the four main actors.

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)


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10 thoughts on “Hud (1963)

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  3. I took a film class in college, and my professor really loved this one for some reason and showed it to us. It’s good, but…yeah. I never quite got the hype either. Great performances–slow, slow movie. Nice review, Rob!

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