Rio Grande takes place after the Civil War when the Union turned their attention towards the Apaches. Union officer Kirby Yorke is in charge of an outpost on the Rio Grande in which he is ... See full summary »
Cole Thornton, a gunfighter for hire, joins forces with an old friend, Sheriff J.P. Hara. Together with an old Indian fighter and a gambler, they help a rancher and his family fight a rival rancher that is trying to steal their water.
Fourteen years after starting his cattle ranch in Texas, Tom Dunston is finally ready to drive his 10,000 head of cattle to market. Back then Dunston, his sidekick Nadine Groot and a teen-aged boy, Matt Garth -who was the only survivor of an Indian attack on a wagon train - started off with only two head of cattle. The neatest market however is in Missouri, a 1000 miles away. Dunston is a hard task master demanding a great deal from the men who have signed up for the drive. Matt is a grown man now and fought in the Civil War. He has his own mind as well and he soon runs up against the stubborn Dunston who won't listen to advice from anyone. Soon, the men on the drive are taking sides and Matt ends up in charge with Dunston vowing to kill him. Written by
I love westerns and this is one of my favorites. But it isn't just a shoot-'em-up flick. This movie is a story about relationships particularly ones between fathers and sons. This is also about the struggle of growing up in a tough world. Montgomery Clift, John Wayne, and Walter Brennan are excellent actors and play their parts beautifully. Montgomery plays the son of cattle baron Thomas Dunson(Wayne).Dunson adopted Matthew Garth (Clift) after his parents died tragically. Together with Groot Nadine (with Brennan) build a cattle empire. When it's time to drive the cattle north for shipment they start the drive but new secrets are revealed as the drive continues and Garth takes the cattle to Kansas to a railroad station and Dunson pursues. The landscape shots in this film are also excellent.
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