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?
When he was cast as Dude, an alcoholic battling inner demons, Dean Martin
turned to his friend Marlon Brando
for advice about playing the role. See more
Regarding the scene involving Stumpy throwing sticks of dynamite and Sheriff Chance and Dude shooting them; Dynamite does not explode when hit by a bullet. It is a very stable medium that will only explode when a blasting cap (usually with a fuse inserted into it) explodes. Likewise one stick that is attached (or bundled) to others can set-off a chain-explosion as long as there is at least one blasting cap that explodes. Dynamite can be shot, struck, dropped, or even burned without exploding. See more
John T. Chance
Joe, you're under arrest.
Referenced in Ouaga saga
My Rifle, My Pony, and Me
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Performed by Dean Martin
and Ricky Nelson
(uncredited) See more