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
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?
did not want to cast Ricky Nelson
, whom he considered to be both too young and too lightweight, and deliberately gave him the fewest possible number of lines for a third-billed star. However, he later admitted that having Nelson's name on the poster had probably added $2 million to the film's box office performance. See more
After Chance is tripped on the staircase, Burdette's men roll him over and splash him with a bucket of water. The water stains/marks change numerous times between Chance getting up and walking to the jail. See more
John T. Chance
Joe, you're under arrest.
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Music and Lyrics by Unknown
Performed by Ricky Nelson
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