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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:
2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Hawks' last masterpiece See more (181 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)
Edward Astran ... Barfly (uncredited)
Walter Barnes ... Charlie (uncredited)
George Bell ... Barfly (uncredited)
Nesdon Booth ... (uncredited)
George Bruggeman ... Clem (uncredited)
Ralph Bucko ... Barber (uncredited)
Yakima Canutt ... Gunman on Horse (uncredited)
Albert Cavens ... Henchman (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)
Bill Lovett ... Barfly (uncredited)
Cactus Mack ... Barfly (uncredited)
Mathew McCue ... Barfly (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Barfly (uncredited)

Gordon Mitchell ... Bar Cowboy Watching Fistfight (uncredited)
Kansas Moehring ... Barfly (uncredited)
Tom Monroe ... Henchman (uncredited)
Noble "Kid" Chissell ... Barfly (uncredited)
Jack Perry ... Barfly (uncredited)
Bob Reeves ... Bartender (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 ... (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
 
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
Sidney Cutner .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Manuel Emanuel .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Michael Heindorf .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Gus Levene .... orchestrator (uncredited)
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Herbert Taylor .... orchestrator (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
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 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:U (re-release) | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Japan:G (2013) | Norway:16 | 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 | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #19034) | USA:TV-14 (TV rating) | West Germany:12 (nf)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The sets in Old Tucson are built to 7/8th scale, so the performers look larger than life.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Burdette sets the time for the exchange of Dude and Joe at a half-hour after sunrise; but when the three leave the jail, the shadows are nearly vertical.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
John T. Chance:Joe, you're under arrest.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in To Each His Own Cinema (2007)See more »
Soundtrack:
DegüelloSee 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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71 out of 93 people found the following review useful.
Hawks' last masterpiece, 16 April 1999
Author: Joseph Harder from warren michigan

Disregarded at the time of its release, and still underrated by many critics, Rio Bavo is finally coming into its own as a masterpiece. One reason that it has been underrated is that,it does not seem a typical western for the fifties. Most of the great westerns of the period were darker and moodier. Witness for example, the great films of Boetticher and Anthony Mann, or-the supreme example-The Searchers.Others were 'revisionist' and often sought to convey a socially conscious "teaching'- High Noon is the paradigm here. In contrast, Rio Bravo is unashamedly reactionary. Hawks actually claimed to have made the film as a reply to High Noon..In addition, there are very few pyschological or moral ambiguities here. Instead, we get a classic Hawksian scenario, also found in Only Angels Have Wings and To Have and Have Not. . in which a groups of misfits and outsiders bands together to defeat evil. Here we have John Wayne- offering a performance of considerable subtlety and self knowledge- as the valiant, yet limited, patriarchal hero, John T. Chance. To save the day, he calls on a cast of standard Western characters:The old-timer( Brennan), the reformed drunk( Martin), The "kid'( Nelson), and the "hooker with a heart of gold( Dickinson).Thanks to Hawks' assured, efficient, direction,All of these actors transcend the stereotypes usually associated with such characters to deliver fine performances which are simultaneously "realistic' and archtypal. Particularly worthy of notice is Dean Martin. John Carpenter once claimed that the scene of Martin's "redemption" was the greatest moment in all of cinema. That may be an exaggeration, but Carpenter has a point. It is both moving and unforgettable.In short, Rio Bravo is a triumph for Howard Hawks and his seemingly artless art.

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