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Rio Bravo (1959)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama, 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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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »



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Complete credited cast:
Carlos Robante (as Pedro Gonzalez-Gonzalez)
Consuela Robante
Jake (Stage Driver) (scenes deleted)
Harold (scenes deleted)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cowboy (scenes deleted)


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 gambler who goes by the name of Feathers. Written by garykmcd

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Old Stumpy...no teeth...one leg...but all the rest was guts... See more »


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Release Date:

4 April 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Howard Hawks' Rio Bravo  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)



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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


One day after the April 4, 1959 release date, ABC aired Lawman: The Souvenir (1959), which starred John Russell playing Marshal Dan Troop. Instead of trying to break someone out of jail, Russell's character Marshal Dan Troop was trying to recapture a jail escapee. Both productions were filmed at the Warner Brothers Burbank studio. See more »


When Stumpy and Colorado are shooting at Burdette's men from behind the bars, Chance grabs the same shotgun of the gun rack twice. See more »


[first lines]
John T. Chance: Joe, you're under arrest.
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Featured in The Men Who Made the Movies: Howard Hawks (1973) See more »


Music and Lyrics by Unknown
Performed by Ricky Nelson, Walter Brennan and Dean Martin
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Classic John Wayne Western
24 December 2013 | by See all my reviews

Sheriff John T. Chance (John Wayne) is holding Joe Burdette (Claude Akins) for killing an unarmed man. Only Joe's brother Nathan (John Russell) wants Joe freed, and he'll use everything in his powers. The only hope Chance has is a drunk (Dean Martin), a kid (Ricky Nelson), and ol' Stumpy (Walter Brennan).

This is classic John Wayne at his finest. He is the great gunslinger facing insurmountable odds who takes on the bad guys with his brains, his determination, and his skills. Directed by Howard Hawks, this is just a great old fashion western. They even have Dean Martin and Ricky Nelson sing-along. Angie Dickinson plays the romantic lead. Sure, it is cliché. The good guys always win in the end. But there's nothing wrong with that.

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