Sheriff John T. Chance has his hands full after arresting Joe Burdette for murder. He knows that Burdette's brother Nathan, a powerful rancher, will go to any lengths to get him out of jail. Chance's good friend Pat Wheeler offers to help but within 20 minutes of making the offer is gunned down in the street, shot in the back. That leaves his elderly deputy Stumpy, the town drunk Dude - once a deputy and a pretty good shot when he was sober - and a young hand, Colorado, who used to work for Wheeler. Nathan Burdette meanwhile has a couple of dozen men at his disposal. Chance does his best to prepare all the while romancing a pretty gamblers who goes by the name of Feathers. Written by
You've seen nothing like 'em together... and in the heat and hate of Rio Bravo nothing can tear 'em apart!
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Did You Know?
always wanted someone who would connect with teenagers to play Colorado. Reportedly, his first choice was Elvis Presley
, who was enthusiastic about the opportunity. Unfortunately, Presley's manager, Colonel Tom Parker
, wanted too much money and top billing. Neither Hawks nor John Wayne
would have any of it, so the search continued. Presley joined the U.S. Army in March 1958, two months before filming began. See more
John T. Chance wears a wedding ring throughout the movie even though he was not a married man in the story. However John Wayne
was married at the time in real life, and for some reason, did not take his ring off during filming. See more
John T. Chance
Joe, you're under arrest.
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