Hud Bannon is a ruthless young man who tarnishes everything and everyone he touches. Hud represents the perfect embodiment of alienated youth, out for kicks with no regard for the consequences. There is bitter conflict between the callous Hud and his stern and highly principled father, Homer. Hud’s nephew Lon admires Hud’s cheating ways, though he soon becomes aware of Hud’s reckless amorality to bear him anymore. In the world of the takers and the taken, Hud is a winner. He’s a cheat, but, he explains “I always say the law was meant to be interpreted in a lenient manner.”


SCREENING: Marfa Golf Course – Friday Oct 16 8:00PM


Category: Narrative Feature
Year: 1963
Runtime: 112m
Country: USA
Language: English


Director: Martin Ritt
Author: Larry McMurtry
Screenwriter: Irving Ravetch, Harriet Frank Jr.
Producer: Irving Ravetch, Martin Ritt
Editor: Frank Bracht
Cinematographer: James Wong Howe
Composer: Elmer Bernstein
Art Direction: Tambi Larsen, Hal Pereira
Cast: Paul Newman, Melvyn Douglas, Patricia Neal, Brandon De Wilde, Whit Bissell

Martin Ritt was American director admired for making films that explored moral choices and reflected concern for racially and economically oppressed people. The main characters in Ritt’s films tended to be loners or underdogs whose ethical scruples place them at odds with the dubious values of society. Beginning in 1957, Mr. Ritt directed and occasionally co-produced 25 diverse films, including “Edge of the City,” “The Long Hot Summer,” “Hud,” “The Spy Who Came In From the Cold,” “Sounder,” “Pete ‘n’ Tillie,” “Norma Rae,” “Murphy’s Romance,” “Nuts” and “Stanley and Iris.”