Martin Ritt (1963)

A Certificate


Our Score
In this powerhouse drama, Paul Newman gives his finest-ever screen performance as the heedless, sexually aggressive rancher's son whose strained relationship with his idealistic father (Melvyn Douglas) comes to a head when disease infects their cattle. Echoing his role in Shane, Brandon de Wilde, as Newman's nephew, looks on with a mixture of horror and envy as his uncle trashes towns and relationships. Martin Ritt's film was nominated for seven Oscars, winning three - best supporting actor for Douglas, best actress for Patricia Neal (as the housekeeper) and best black and white cinematography for James Wong Howe. Despite his charismatic portrayal, Newman lost out to Sidney Poitier in Lilies of the Field.


A Texan rancher's bitter feud with his amoral son Hud comes to a head when the younger man demands they sell the herd before an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease is detected. Caught in the middle is Hud's young nephew, who idolises his selfish uncle, but even his loyalty is tested when Hud turns his rage on the family's housekeeper and tries to rape her. Western, with Paul Newman, Melvyn Douglas, Patricia Neal and John Ashley.

Cast & Crew

Hud Bannon Paul Newman
Alma Brown Patricia Neal
Homer Bannon Melvyn Douglas
Lon Bannon Brandon de Wilde
Hermy John Ashley
Burris Whit Bissell
Jesse Crahan Denton
Jose Val Avery
Director Martin Ritt
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Paramount Film Service LtdGuidance: Violence. Available on: video and DVD