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Very high quality family drama set on a ranch near small town Texas - the screenplay, cinematography, direction and performances from the four central characters are all first rate. The only negative is the sheer bleakness of the story - it doesn't end well for anybody, and there's no lightness to relieve the gloom apart from the pleasure of watching a story well told.
Like someone already mentioned it: there is a lot of fast-forwarding for the sensitive type (like me). But the story is really amazing, everyone's very good - I think Patricia Neal is the best.
Great stuff. The terrific script and Newman's charisma make a much more complex central character than in most Hollywood films, even "prestige" flicks--the movie does a great job of seesawing you between liking Hud and despising him.
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This movie ranks #29 in IMDb's Western Top 50
This movie ranks #62 in Academy Award Best Cinematography
This movie ranks #244 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
This movie ranks #392 in NY Times' The Essential 1,000 Films to See
This movie ranks #397 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #427 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
This movie ranks #792 in National Film Registry