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Rio Grande (1950)

Approved  |   |  Romance, Western  |  15 November 1950 (USA)
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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 »

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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 in charge of training of new recruits one of which is his son whom he hasn't seen in 15 years. He whips him into shape to take on the Apaches but not before his mother shows up to take him out of there.The decision to leave is left up to Trooper Yorke who decides to stay and fight. Through it all Kirby and Kathleen though separated for years fall back into love and decide that it's time to give it another try. But Yorke faces his toughest battle when his unorthodox plan to outwit the elusive Apaches leads to possible court- martial. Locked in a bloody Indian war, he must fight to redeem his honor and save the love and lives of his broken family Written by Christopher D. Ryan <cryan@direct.ca>

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THE BREATHTAKING SAGA OF THE UNITED STATES CAVALRY! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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John Ford and Merian C. Cooper's Rio Grande  »

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$1,214,899 (estimated)
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John Wayne's first film with Maureen O'Hara. They starred together five times and would become known as one of Hollywood's greatest on-screen couples. See more »

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Towards the end of the movie, Lt. Yorke is shot by an arrow. He tells his son to pull the arrow out, which is clearly embedded deep in his chest. Soon after, we see Lt. Yorke attending a military parade with a sling on his arm, as if that's where the wound was. See more »

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Trooper Travis Tyree: Hey, Mister... what time do they blow the horn around here for people t' eat?
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My Gal Is Purple
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A Republic triumph
17 September 2008 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I have never paid much attention to westerns in general and have not bothered with this film even though Republic Studios made it, a fact that normally would have me magnetized to any of their other films (especially serials and musicals) .... but cable TV in Sydney Australia has played RIO GRANDE a few times on a double with FLAME OF BARBARY COAST. What a fool I have been to avoid RIO GRANDE. This superb humane film (even though about the cruel US cavalry) is a perfect balance of family dramas, hilarious tough humor and genuine concern for the development and survival of soldiers and the camaraderie of the troop. Everything good anyone else on this site can say it utterly true, especially the astonishing photography, breathtaking Maureen O'Hara, the raucous Victor MacLaglen and sensitive Claude Jarman. I eagerly look forward to waking up more to myself and seeing FORT APACHE and SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON, and as usual celebrating more of the diverse product of Republic Studios. FLAME OF BARBARY COAST was good especially the incredible lavishness of the sets. I would be very keen to know the cost and box office success of both films. Anyone......? WAKE OF THE RED WITCH made around 1949 was a massive success... as was THE QUIET MAN in 1952. Vale Republic!


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