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Ride, Vaquero! (1953)

Not Rated | | Romance, Western | 17 July 1953 (USA)
Two outlaws, Rio and Esqueda, raised together as step-brothers, have a showdown over the issue of whether to evict new settlers from their territory.





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Esqueda, an outlaw, attempts to force settlers King and Cordelia Cameron out of his territory. Esqueda's mother raised Rio as her own. Rio has loyalty to Esqueda but also feels the settlers should be able to stay. A showdown between the two raised as brothers is unavoidable. Written by <crj1@cornell.edu>

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The Outlaw And The Beauty! See more »


Romance | Western


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Release Date:

17 July 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Bela e o Renegado  »

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Box Office


$1,128,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,834,000, 31 December 1953

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,427,000, 31 December 1953
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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to Mia Farrow's book, "What Falls Away", her father John Farrow and Ava Gardner were having an affair during filming (1953). Mia would later go on to marry Ava Gardner's ex-husband Frank Sinatra in 1966. See more »


When Jose throws a knife closely past Barton's head, the knife zips past Jose before his arm finishes the throwing motion. This is probably because the knife was either mechanically propelled or thrown by an off-screen expert to make the stunt safer than it would be if the actor had thrown the knife. See more »


Jose Esqueda: The strong will fight the strong for possession of the weak.
Cordelia Cameron: The meek shall inherit the earth.
Jose Esqueda: Only six feet of it, Senora.
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Referenced in Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) See more »

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Decent and thrilling Western drama about two brothers and their strong confrontation
16 February 2017 | by See all my reviews

Two outlaws , Rio (Robert Taylor) and Esqueda (Anthony Quinn) , raised together as step-brothers , are reluctant adversaries in this fiery Western . Esqueda's mother raised Rio as her own , but this mutual fraternity will be modified in arriving a strange couple whose vision from law and justice differs quite from them . As the brothers will have a showdown when Rio defends an untameable owner (Howard Keel) and his wife (Ava Gradner) . Each owed the other their circumstances but is now the moment of reckoning . Then , there happens a real battle of wits among two siblings .

The movie gets Western action , shootouts , a love story , thrills , an impressive town raid and results to be quite entertaining . It's an enough budget film with good actors , technicians , production values and pleasing results . This is a trigger-taut drama of the strangest brotherhood and facing off between the West's most upright man and his deadliest half-brother . Their brotherhood and friendship to break up when both of whom confront over the issue of whether to evict new settlers from their territory . The picture is a tale of justice , redemption and about a particular relationship between two brothers and a brave as well as pacific marriage . The basic plot is typical classic Western fare , but what makes this movie stand out is its style . The movie displays crossfire , love and hatred , fighting , round-up and exciting duels . It is plenty of violence and contains effective action sequences such as the ending when the cutthroats get together themselves and going through spectacular landscapes and go on riding until the trilling attack on the small town raid . The rousing climax as Taylor fights to make justice at the saloon , is justly exciting . Anthony Quinn is good as brutal bandit , he is excellent though sometimes overacting , his character bears remarkable resemblance to subsequent Spaghetti villains , as killing relentlessly enemies in cold blood . Robert Taylor gives a sober and sad acting as the good brother . And Ava Gardner is gorgeous , and wonderful , as usual . Support cast is frankly nice , such as : Kurt Kasznar , Ted de Corsia , Frank McGrath, Rex Lease , Monte Blue and the regular Jack Elam .

Blazingly shot in Angiocolor by prestigious director of photography Robert Surtees . Moving and appropriate musical score by Bronislau Kaper . The motion picture was professionally directed by John Farrow in steamroller style . Here filmmaker John Farrow delivers a decently-paced film , though it has a few flaws and gaps . Farrow was a good craftsman who directed all kinds of genres , such as Drama : ¨Unholy wife¨ ; Historical : ¨John Paul Jones¨ ; Adventures : ¨Wake island¨ , ¨The years before the mast¨ , ¨Botany Bay¨ , ¨Back from eternity¨ ; Wartime : ¨Commandos strike at dawn¨ , ¨Sea Chase¨; Crime drama : ¨The big clock¨, ¨His kind of woman¨ , ¨The Saint strikes back : Criminal court¨ ; and Western : ¨A bullet is waiting¨, ¨Hondo¨, ¨Copper Canyon ¨and this ¨Ride vaquero¨ also titled ¨Una Vida Por Otra¨ or ¨Viva vaqueros¨ . Rating 6.5/10 .

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