John Russell, disdained by his "respectable" fellow stagecoach passengers because he was raised by Native Americans, becomes their only hope for survival when they are set upon by outlaws.


Martin Ritt


Irving Ravetch (screenplay), Harriet Frank Jr. (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Paul Newman ... John Russell
Fredric March ... Favor
Richard Boone ... Grimes
Diane Cilento ... Jessie
Cameron Mitchell ... Braden
Barbara Rush ... Audra Favor
Peter Lazer Peter Lazer ... Billy Lee
Margaret Blye ... Doris
Martin Balsam ... Henry Mendez
Skip Ward ... Steve Early
Frank Silvera ... Mexican Bandit
David Canary ... Lamar Dean
Val Avery ... Delgado
Larry Ward ... Soldier


John 'Hombre' Russell is a white man raised by the Apaches on an Indian reservation and later by a white man in town. As an adult he prefers to live on the reservation. He is informed that he has inherited a lodging-house in the town. He goes to the town and decides to trade the place for a herd. He has to go to another city. The only stagecoach is one being hired for a special trip paid by Faver and his wife Audra. As there are several seats others join the stagecoach making seven very different passengers in all. During the journey they are robbed. With the leadership of John Russell they escape with little water and the money that the bandits want. They are pursued by the bandits. As they try to evade the bandits they reveal their true nature in a life threatening situation. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Bill G. Walsall England

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Hombre means MAN... Paul Newman is HOMBRE!




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It was generally believed that Grimes would have shot the Mexican bandit around 73 minutes into the film, and taken his guns. See more »


When John Russell is coming to Delgado to see Mendez, in the background are 3 or 4 farm vehicles working in the distance. The sun can be seen gleaming from one of them as it moves through a dust cloud it is making. See more »


Jessie: And we got him a marble headstone. It had his name on it, and underneath, we had them put, "In the Fullness of His Years." Is that all right with you?
John Russell: I'd settle for that on my own slide.
Jessie: Well, what do you figure yours is going to read?
John Russell: Shot Dead, probably.
Jessie: Don't people take to you, Mr. Russell?
John Russell: It only takes one who doesn't.
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"Hombre" screenplay
14 April 2005 | by route661See all my reviews

"You'd eat dog. You'd fight for the bones too."

"You ever been hungry? I don't mean 'ready for supper' hungry. I mean when your belly swells."

"What do you expect me to take with me?" "Your life. How's that? And if you make it, we'll drink to your good luck."

"That Grimes. He think it going' to be easy. He doan brink no water, only whiskey." "Well, it's going to get a lot harder."

"I would like at least to know what his name was." "He was called John Russell."

These were all just off the top of my head not having seen the movie in over 8 years. (not counting the ones that have already been posted)

One of my favorite movies ever.

I am pleasantly surprised that there are other people out there that have seen it recently and/or remember it. Many other lines. I'll post when I watch it again.

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Release Date:

21 March 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Redington, Arizona, USA See more »


Box Office


$5,860,000 (estimated)
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Hombre Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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