Cinema: Panhandle Punk

Hud is a provocative picture with a shock for audiences who have been conditioned like laboratory mice to expect the customary bad-guy-is-really-good-guy reward in the last reel of a western. Paul Newman, the title-role bad guy, is a cad to the end.

But if Hud Bannon is a bounder, he is never a bore. With his good looks, appetite for hell-raising and rootless amorality, he follows his code of don't-give-a-damn with snakelike charm on the cattle ranch where he lives with his decent old father (Melvyn Douglas) and his idolizing 17-year-old nephew (Brandon de...

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