in about 100 words or less
US 112m, B&W
Director: Martin Ritt; Cast: Paul Newman, Melvyn Douglas, Patricia Neal, Brandon deWilde
Hud is a bleak drama about a Texas ranching family whose days come to a bitter end after a deadly disease infects their livestock. The film’s protagonist is a selfish drunkard and womanizer known as Hud who is idolized by his teenage nephew, but despised by his father who holds him accountable for a family tragedy. The three men maintain an uneasy relationship and semblance of family until Hud attempts to wrestle control of the ranch from his father. The film’s shocking ending is about as unhappy a conclusion as might be imagined, and a significant departure from the classic Hollywood Western (Klaus Ming March 2013).