12 thoughts on “Hombre”

  1. One more off-beat suggestion: Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto, set among the Mayans (and off by 500 or so years, but who’s counting?), again a “Western” in that it isn’t Euro-centric (although they do appear, also 500 years early, ominously at the end). Think of it as a celebration of native Central American culture, gore and all. It is a stunning movie.

    1. Well it’s not really a Western of course. It just ties in with my trip to Mexico.
      Yup, ‘Apocalypto’. It is a good movie as you say.
      “the gore”? It’s unfortunate that the aspect of human sacrifice hangs over Mayan and MesoAmerican culture and civilizations – often clouding and discolouring our admiration for their notable achievements. These civilizations existed for several thousands of years. So it would inaccurate to judge everything they were by what they did in certain eras – any more than we would judge our whole culture and civilization by what we do today or in the far distant past. These people likely went through many changes throughout their history. ??
      Thanks for your comment.

  2. I must compliment you on your taste in Westerns, it closely tracks my own. And thanks for considering Last of the Mohicans as a Western, for it truly is, as then the Western frontier was indeed the Hudson River. But what inspired this note was when I clicked on “Hombre” and saw you led off with that best line, “How you gonna get back down that hill?”, and realized we are simpatico. BTW I chanced on your site while looking up stuff on The Professionals, also one of my all time favorites. Nice to have found you.

    PS, I don’t I suppose regard it as a Western, maybe more an “Eastern” or indeed “Mid Eastern” (although Morocco is in the African West, so maybe it is) but it is of the same epoch and has many of the same values and actions on display, namely The Wind and the Lion. Brian Keith is great as Teddy Roosevelt and Sean Connery (even with a Scots accent) is masterly as The Raizulli. You might consider it. I might also include Tombstone, with perhaps Val Kilmer’s best work as Doc Holliday, and Kurt Russell also excellent as Wyatt Earp.

    1. Love ‘Hombre’ and ‘Last of the ‘Mohicans’. Both are very re-watchable.
      ‘Professionals’ might be my Favorite of all time. Incredible Cast.
      Yes ‘The Wind and the Lion’ is a great movie. Connery does a very nice job. “Western”? Not sure? Have to give it another look. I don’t think most Western fans would include it.
      I love “Gunfight at OK Corral’ with Lancaster and Douglas as My Favorite Tombstone movie. I really don’t think the definitive Tombstone/OK Corral movie has been made yet. Kilmer and Russel were good though.

  3. Oh yes, it is a very good movie. I didn’t mean to imply otherwise. The water bag was just brought up as trivia to see if anyone else noticed it.

    It was not really an error, as they show you how it came to be left there, but it was not a big plot development, and was done in such a

    casual way, that it was not noticed by a lot of people. I just re-watched this one recently and remembered the water bag thing.

  4. How many of you were confused by the extra water bag back at the mine when you first watched this? I had to watch closely on a repeated viewing to see how it came to be left there. Not a big plot development, but a bit of trivia that I and some others, have noticed.

    1. I never heard about this. Movies are full of such errors, but I usually don’t bother to check them out. This is a great Western no matter what.

  5. un de mes westerns préférés. Paul Newman, magnifique, un des rôles les plus sombres de Richard Boone, merci de le remettre sur la sellette !

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