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Movie Scene : Hud – Alma Moving On

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Hud finds Alma waiting for the evening bus.  She’s leaving town and her job as the housekeeper/cook on Hud’s ranch.  He’d gotten drunk and tried to force himself on her, got rough.  He makes a halfhearted apology.  She takes it in stride.  She’s attracted to him but knows he’s nothing but trouble and it’s time for her to split.  She tells him if he played it cool that they would have eventually coupled up.  This really throws a wrench into his asshole/Neanderthal thinking.  She gets on the bus knowing she’s leaving a headache.

Great film scene between two very good actors.  Subtle, relaxed and truthful.  An uncensored private moment between two people.  No bullshit.  The actors did their thing and the camera caught the moment.  Fantastic.  CB loves this kind of work.  Patricia Neal and Paul Newman let the chemistry go to work.  They make it look so natural and real.  Man is this good shit!

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8 comments on “Movie Scene : Hud – Alma Moving On

  1. yeahanotherblogger
    March 19, 2017

    Hud . . . What a superb film. One of my favorites. And I bet it would have less impact if it had been filmed in color.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      March 19, 2017

      I agree on all points. James Howe Wong was a very good DOP. The black and white choice was similar to the feel of the ‘Last Picture Show’. Patricia just added to the high standard of this film. I think this is where Newman started to hit his stride. Appreciate your input on these favorite films of CB’s

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  2. greenpete58
    March 21, 2017

    We have a consensus: classic film, cinematography (B&W definitely), great acting everywhere, especially Melvin Douglas (“Hud…you’re an unprincipled man”), and even young Brandon DeWilde, whose low-key performance gives the impression he was plucked off a backwoods Texas sidewalk. And the music (Elmer Bernstein??)…perfect for the grey mood of this film. A movie that gets better every time I see it.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      March 21, 2017

      No arguments here. I did a piece on the entire film way back. Douglas’s was another memorable performance. He brought that character to life. He had the weight to carry that role. Alma is one of CB”s favorite film characters. Great flick all round. On the same page Pete.

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      • greenpete58
        March 21, 2017

        After I read your review, I read up on the movie on Wikipedia. The Alma character in both McMurtry’s book and the original screenplay was black. But the producer felt that America, and motion pictures, weren’t yet ready for something as radical as this. Also, Newman’s character was treated as a hero by movie audiences…his selfishness and lack of ethics went right over their heads! Guess they saw him as a rebel, which Americans have always liked. But come on. “Cool Hand Luke,” yes. Hud…definitely not!

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        March 22, 2017

        Yeah i remember hearing that about the Alma character. There’s rebels and then there’s pricks. The cool thing about Newman’s portrayal was that he stood into and didn’t waver. The scene when he tries to force himself on Alma and his scenes with his dad say it all about his character. I seen this pic when I was a kid and a few times since. Hud is not a nice guy. Good input Pete.

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      • greenpete58
        March 22, 2017

        Yes. I don’t know about others, but I was hoping through the movie that Hud would somehow reconcile with his dad (who obviously made mistakes raising Hud, but was generally good). You WANT to think that there’s some decency in Hud. When the old man is dying, you’re hoping there will be a coming together. But all the old man says to Lonnie is “Hud’s an impatient man” regarding Hud’s inheriting the ranch. One of the things that made the movie great is that it avoids the easy cliché. Hud remains a prick until the end!

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        March 22, 2017

        Dead on. We see that played out through Lon’s eyes. From hero worship to fallen idol. Love films that don’t play it safe. This was one. We keep talking about it I’m gonna watch it again. That’s why I love this scene so much. Just the way Alma looks at the dumb SOB. Lights are on but no bodies home.

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