"Robert Mitchum stars as Wade, a pompous, powerful good ol' boy in his small Texas town. His wife has held a grudge against him for years since he fathered a child out of wedlock. Wade's legitimate son (George Hamilton) is quite a disappointment to old Dad. Add to this mix the young and pretty Libby (Luana Patton), who likes both boys, and you have a great story.
Although Mitchum is wonderfully charismatic, George Peppard emerges as the real star. He is so handsome and appealing as a rugged man's man with a tender heart. George Hamilton looks too old to play 17-year old weakling Theron, but he is suitably awkward. Beautiful Eleanor Parker is excellent as Wade's long-suffering wife.
This film is long and melodramatic, but the script is good, the actors likeable and attractive, the score is lovely, and all the loose ends are neatly tied up in the end. Heartily recommended."
A Must See Movie
Kona | 03/13/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a movie that reaches to everyone. It deals with pride and a misunderstanding of people. It deals with love, heartache, sadness, and loss. Robert Mitchum is the man who lives with a wife who could not be with him because of his bastard son, played by George Peppard. Their own son, played by George Hamilton, is weak and soon has a hatred for marriage because of his parents. The only one with a heart is George Peppard. Everyone soon comes to understand one another, but sadly it is too late. This movie is an excellent one for people who would just like an old story about the reality of life."
A Great American film reminiscent of a Greek tragedy
peerycj@netINS.net | Des Moines, Ia | 08/07/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Years ago this film was featured on HBO, for several months, and I loved it immediately. In fact, I have borrowed the name Raph(spelled by us as Raphe) as my son's middle name. Not as he can be a little bastard, but because Raph was the most endearing, faithful, courageous, trustworthy charactor in the movie, despite having suffered more than any other. Since I have bought "Home from the Hill" thru amazon.com. I was suprised to find that my 5 yr old son and my wife also enjoyed "Home" the first time they saw it. The story is based on a novel by William Humphrey, under the same title. I have not read the book, but once you see the movie you will understand why I would want to. This book is for many audiences, including romance seekers, fans of classic greek tragedy, and outdoors sportsmen. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have."
ONE OF MY FAVORITES
RBI | UTAH | 07/18/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I SAW HOME FROM THE HILL WHEN I WAS IN 9TH GRADE AND IN THE FOLLOWING YEARS HAVE SEEN IT MAYBE 10 MORE TIMES. IT'S ONE OF MY FAVORITES, NOT AS GOOD AS THE BOOK, BUT WHAT MOVIE IS. AFTER READING THE OTHER REVIEWS I AGREE PRETTY MUCH WITH ALL OF THEM BUT THINK BOB MITCHUM MOST CERTAINLY WAS AS STRONG IF NOT A STRONGER CHARACTER THAN GEORGE PEPPARD. WHAT IS SAD IS THAT LUANA PATTON, A FORMER DISNEY CHILD STAR AND A VERY SWEET PERSON IN REAL LIFE NEVER MADE MANY MORE MOVIES AND DIED ENTIRELY TOO YOUNG. SHE WAS WONDERFUL. ANYWAY, THE MOVIE IS WORTH WATCHING, THEY DON'T MAKE THEM LIKE THAT ANYMORE"
Life in the South ala Tennessee Williams!
C. Reynolds | Georgia, United States | 11/14/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I love this movie! I loved it so much, I bought the book -- believe me, the movie is better! This is the first time I remember seeing George Peppard in anything. He played Rafe, the illegitimate son, and for me, he was the best! George Hamilton was good as the brooding, mixed-up Theron. If you like steamy dramas, this is the movie for you."