"Little by little the look of the country changes because of the men we admire... You're just going to have to make up your own mind one day about what's right and wrong."Hud
is a 1963 film directed by Martin Ritt and starring Paul Newman
, Patricia Neal, and Melvyn Douglas. It is based on the novel Horseman, Pass By
by Larry McMurtry.
The Bannons are cattle ranchers in the Texas Panhandle, headed by patriarch Homer Bannon (Douglas), who lives with his headstrong, rebellious son Hud (Newman) and his young, guileless teenaged grandson (and Hud's nephew) Lonnie. Also present is the Bannons' live-in maid, Alma (Patricia Neal).
Hud is arrogant, self-centered, and dishonest, taking advantage of his family and friends. When one of the cows on the ranch dies, Homer sends for a state veterinarian, against the advice of his son, who wants to sell off the cattle before anyone realizes they're sick. The veterinarian diagnoses foot-and-mouth disease, lethal to cattle, thus putting the ranch at risk of bankruptcy and pitting Hud against his father.Hud
did not get an Academy Award
nomination for best picture, but pretty much everyone involved in the crew and cast got nominated, with Neal and Douglas winning for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor. Lonnie is played by Brandon deWilde, who as a child actor starred in another classic Western, Shane