Los Angeles: Twentieth Century-Fox, 1967. Revised draft script for the 1967 film, "Hombre," directed by Martin Ritt, based on the novel by Elmore Leonard. Written for the screen by Irving Ravetch and Harriet Frank, Jr., and starring Paul Newman, Richard Boone, Fredric March, Cameron Mitchell, Barbara Rush, and Martin Balsam.
One of the great Westerns, and one that epitomizes the revisionist trend sparked by Elmore Leonard's early novels of the 1950s and 1960s. Newman plays a white man who was raised by the Apaches, and has since had to straddle two worlds, feeling truly comfortable in neither. While riding a stagecoach, he is subject to the racial bias of banker Fredric March and March's snooty wife Barbara Rush. In truth, March is an embezzler, a fact that comes out when the coach is held up by murderous bandit-chief Richard Boone. When the passengers fight back, Boone takes Rush as a hostage. Newman proves himself the bravest of the passengers, systematically and intelligently outwitting the bandits one by one, invoking Leonard's brilliant "white flag" scenario from the novel in the process.
Yellow studio wrappers, with "Revised Screenplay," the film's title and the Fox logo stamped on the front wrapper, and dated June 29, 1965. Title and date also stamped along the spine. Project No. 76 stamped at the top left corner of the front wrapper. Title page present, with a date of June 29, 1965 and credits for Ravetch and Frank. 131 pages, all "eye-rest" green. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Very Good plus with lightly yapped edges, bound with three gold brads. Along with "The Tall T," one of two superb Westerns adapted from an Elmore Leonard source, and one of Paul Newman's finest performances.
Hardy, The Overlook Film Encyclopedia: The Western, p. 304. Hitt, pp. 233-234, 329.
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