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Rio Bravo -- 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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Director:
Writers:
Jules Furthman (screenplay) and
Leigh Brackett (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
4 April 1959 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
...and the girl they all call 'Feathers' See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
This movie has all the elements of the quintessential Western. See more (197 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Wayne ... Sheriff John T. Chance

Dean Martin ... Dude ('Borachón')

Ricky Nelson ... Colorado Ryan

Angie Dickinson ... Feathers

Walter Brennan ... Stumpy

Ward Bond ... Pat Wheeler

John Russell ... Nathan Burdette

Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez ... Carlos Robante (as Pedro Gonzalez-Gonzalez)

Estelita Rodriguez ... Consuela Robante

Claude Akins ... Joe Burdette

Malcolm Atterbury ... Jake (Stage Driver) (scenes deleted)

Harry Carey Jr. ... Harold (scenes deleted)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Sheb Wooley ... Cowboy (scenes deleted)

Fred Aldrich ... Barfly (uncredited)

Walter Barnes ... Charlie (uncredited)
George Bell ... Barfly (uncredited)
Audrey Betz ... Bartender (uncredited)
Nesdon Booth ... Clark (uncredited)
Nick Borgani ... Barfly (uncredited)
George Bruggeman ... Clem (uncredited)

Ralph Bucko ... Barber (uncredited)

Yakima Canutt ... Gunman on Horse (uncredited)
Albert Cavens ... Henchman (uncredited)

Noble 'Kid' Chissell ... Barfly (uncredited)
Bud Cokes ... Barfly (uncredited)
Cecil Combs ... Barfly (uncredited)
Jose Cuchillo ... Pedro (uncredited)

Robert Donner ... (uncredited)

Fred Graham ... 2nd Burdette Man in Shootout (uncredited)

Joe Gray ... Card Player (uncredited)

Myron Healey ... Barfly (uncredited)

Riley Hill ... Messenger (uncredited)

Eugene Iglesias ... 1st Burdette Man in Shootout (uncredited)
Arthur Kendall ... Henchman (uncredited)
Richard LaMarr ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Cactus Mack ... Barfly (uncredited)
David O. McCall ... Bartender (uncredited)

Mathew McCue ... Barfly (uncredited)

Frank Mills ... Barfly (uncredited)

Gordon Mitchell ... Bar Cowboy Watching Fistfight (uncredited)

Kansas Moehring ... Barfly (uncredited)
Tom Monroe ... Henchman (uncredited)
Daniel Núñez ... Barfly (uncredited)
Jack Perry ... Barfly (uncredited)

Joe Phillips ... Barfly (uncredited)
Anthony Redondo ... Barfly (uncredited)
Bob Reeves ... Bartender (uncredited)
Waclaw Rekwart ... Barfly (uncredited)

Chuck Roberson ... Gunman (uncredited)

Bing Russell ... Cowboy Murdered in Saloon (uncredited)
Danny Sands ... Barfly (uncredited)
Joseph Shimada ... Burt (uncredited)

Dean Smith ... Card-Playing Burdette Henchman (uncredited)
Milan Smith ... Barfly (uncredited)

Bob Steele ... Matt Harris (uncredited)

Sailor Vincent ... Barfly (uncredited)

Ted White ... Bart (uncredited)
Bob Whitney ... Barfly (uncredited)
Chalky Williams ... Barfly (uncredited)

Directed by
Howard Hawks 
 
Writing credits
Jules Furthman (screenplay) and
Leigh Brackett (screenplay)

B.H. McCampbell (short story) (as B. H. McCampbell)

Produced by
Howard Hawks .... producer
 
Original Music by
Dimitri Tiomkin 
 
Cinematography by
Russell Harlan (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Folmar Blangsted 
 
Art Direction by
Leo K. Kuter 
 
Set Decoration by
Ralph S. Hurst 
 
Costume Design by
Marjorie Best (costumes designed by)
 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Helmick .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Tyrus Wong .... art department (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Robert B. Lee .... sound
 
Stunts
Bill Babcock .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Byrne .... stunt double: Ricky Nelson (uncredited)
Yakima Canutt .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Philip Dalton Crawford .... stunt man (uncredited)
Fred Graham .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Gray .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Herron .... stunts (uncredited)
John Hudkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson .... stunts (uncredited)
Dean Smith .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Terhune .... stunts (uncredited)
Ted White .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Williams .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack N. Young .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Doran .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Terry K. Meade .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Dimitri Tiomkin .... conductor
Laurindo Almeida .... musician: guitars (uncredited)
Nestor Amaral .... musician: guitars (uncredited)
Robert Bain .... musician: guitars (uncredited)
José Barroso .... musician: guitars (uncredited)
John T. Boudreau .... musician: drums, percussion (uncredited)
Sidney Cutner .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Jim Decker .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Leo Diamond .... musician: harmonica (uncredited)
Manuel Emanuel .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Max Gralnick .... musician: guitars (uncredited)
Earl Hatch .... musician: drums, percussion (uncredited)
Michael Heindorf .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Norman Herzburg .... musician: bassoon (uncredited)
William Hinshaw .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Manny Klein .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Gail Laughton .... musician: harp (uncredited)
Gus Levene .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Irving Lipschultz .... musician: cello (uncredited)
Peter Mercurio .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Tommy Morgan .... musician: harmonica (uncredited)
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Allan Reuss .... musician: guitars (uncredited)
Lou Singer .... musician: drums, percussion (uncredited)
Eleanor Slatkin .... musician: cello (uncredited)
Harry Sukman .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Herbert Taylor .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Tiny Timbrell .... musician: guitars (uncredited)
Raymond Turner .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Lloyd Ulyate .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Seymour Zeldin .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Howard Hawks' Rio Bravo" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
141 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Australia:G | Australia:PG (DVD rating) | Brazil:Livre | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:G (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | France:Tous publics (re-release) | Japan:G (2013) | Norway:16 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 (2007) | Sweden:15 | UK:U (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1986) (2002) | USA:Not Rated (DVD Rating) | USA:TV-PG (DVD/Blu-Ray Rating) (2010 Release) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #19034) | USA:TV-14 (TV rating) | West Germany:12 (nf)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
When cast on this movie, for publicity, the production had Angie Dickinson's legs insured by Lloyds of London.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Dude's position as he stops Burdette's men at the edge of town by the barn.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
John T. Chance:Joe, you're under arrest.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in My Own Private Idaho (1991)See more »
Soundtrack:
CindySee more »

FAQ

Is this a Musical?
What do El Dorado and Rio Lobo have in common with this?
Is Dude a deputy sheriff when the film begins?
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52 out of 76 people found the following review useful.
This movie has all the elements of the quintessential Western., 9 December 1999
Author: dnwalker from United States

The story itself is a composite of all the elements needed to make a great Western: good guys in white hats, bad guys in black hats, townspeople content to stand aside and to let the battle be fought between the outlaws and the man with the tin star, a beautiful woman to distract the hero and finally help him when the chips are down.

The main stars, John Wayne, Dean Martin, and Angie Dickinson all turn in the top-notch performances one would expect from them, and Rick Nelson is a very pleasant surprise as Colorado. It's two others that separate this movie from other Westerns, though.

Pedro Gonzales-Gonzales, as Carlos the hotel-keeper, is a breath of fresh air. His interplay with John Wayne's John T. Chance adds a touch of human reality to the movie that sets it apart.

Walter Brennan in his role as Stumpy, however, is the glue that holds the whole thing together and makes it work. His constant griping under his breath, his goading of Wayne, his dialogue with the prisoner and his general comic relief set Rio Bravo apart from any other Western and put it in a class of its own. Keenan Wynn in Eldorado doesn't even come close.

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