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Rio Bravo (1959)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama, Romance, 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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John Wayne The big guy with the battered hat... and Dean Martin the ragged woman-wrecked castoff called Dude... and Ricky Nelson The rockin' babyfaced gunfisted kid... And Time Was Running Out Through Bullet Holes At Howard Hawks' "Rio Bravo" JOHN WAYNE The big guy with the battered hat... and DEAN MARTIN the ragged woman-wrecked castoff called Dude... and RICKY NELSON the rockin' babyfaced gunfisted kid... AND TIME WAS RUNNING OUT THROUGH BULLET HOLES AT Howard Hawks' RIO BRAVO ravo" See more »

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Drama | Romance | Western

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4 April 1959 (USA)  »

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Howard Hawks' Rio Bravo  »

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$5,750,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Howard Hawks' instructions to Dean Martin who showed up in an almost comical cowboy outfit on the first day of shooting, were not to play a cowboy but just play a drunk. See more »

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When Stumpy, Dude, and Colorado are sitting around playing music and singing, on the second song (where Stumpy sings) in the second verse, Colorado sings "I wish I had an needle..." but he mouths the words "I wish I was a needle." See more »

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[first lines]
John T. Chance: Joe, you're under arrest.
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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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