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Rio Bravo (1959)

 -  Western  -  4 April 1959 (USA)
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A small-town sheriff in the American West enlists the help of a cripple, a drunk, and a young gunfighter in his efforts to hold in jail the brother of the local bad guy.

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The sheriff of a small town in southwest Texas must keep custody of a murderer whose brother, a powerful rancher, is trying to help him escape. After a friend is killed trying to muster support for him, he and his deputies - a disgraced drunk and a cantankerous old cripple - must find a way to hold out against the rancher's hired guns until the marshal arrives. In the meantime, matters are complicated by the presence of a young gunslinger - and a mysterious beauty who just came in on the last stagecoach. Written by scgary66

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The fought back to back...No quarter given...No quarter asked...No way in...No way out...of Rio Bravo See more »

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Release Date:

4 April 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Howard Hawks' Rio Bravo  »

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$5,750,000 (USA)
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Trivia

For most of the film Chance (John Wayne) has the front of his hat turned up to make him look a little soft and friendly. However in the tough guy scenes when Chance informs Nathan Burdette that he will have Stumpy kill his brother if there is any trouble, the front of the hat is turned down, in traditional tough guy mode. See more »

Goofs

While Colorado and Chance are talking just before Feathers throws the vase through the window, Colorado is rolling a cigarette. He places the tobacco in the paper in his left hand and doesn't seal the paper. In the next shot, he gestures with his left hand holding the unsealed paper, but no tobacco spills out. See more »

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[first lines]
John T. Chance: Joe, you're under arrest.
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Rio Bravo
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Sung by Dean Martin (uncredited)
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Brilliant cast in brilliant western
22 September 2001 | by (Solvesborg, Sweden) – See all my reviews

What a brilliant western! I was caught in my couch for more than two hours as John Wayne (Sheriff John T. Chance), Dean Martin (Dude), Ricky Nelson (Colorado) and Walter Brennan (Stumpy) try to keep a crook in jail for a week until the US Marshall arrives in town. The bad guy in question has contacts (his brother) and they will do what they can to set him free.

Dean Martin was second to none playing a deputy with drinking problems. He had a lot talent. John Wayne wasn't that bad either. Undoubtly something special about him, although I can't put my finger exactly on what it might be. Personally I don't think he's a great actor, but there is this special cool around him.

Anyway, if you haven't seen this movie I urge you to do. It takes a while for it to sort of take off but it's worth waiting for. Great acting and an interesting plot. It has everything a great western should have. Recommended!


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