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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:
Western Tai Chi See more (183 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)
 
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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) | 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:
There are only two close-ups in the movie: Joe firing his gun and Dude's hands trying to roll a cigarette.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Towards the beginning of the movie, Dude is shown at the end of town when the sun is rising. Later in the movie the same camera angle and view are used as a sunset shot of Dude before he returns to the jail.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
John T. Chance:Joe, you're under arrest.
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Blowing WildSee 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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91 out of 121 people found the following review useful.
Western Tai Chi, 6 February 2005
Author: Brandt Sponseller from New York City

When Joe Burdette (Claude Akins) murders a man on a whim, Sheriff John T. Chance (John Wayne) arrests him and puts him in small Texas town's jail. The problem is that the U.S. Marshall is a week away from taking Burdette off his hands, and Burdette's brother, Nathan (John Russell), won't see his brother put away. Complicating the situation even further, Burdette is rich enough to hire a score of thugs, and the only support that Chance has is from a drunk, Dude (Dean Martin), and an elderly crippled man, Stumpy (Walter Brennan).

Rio Bravo is a sprawling pressure cooker. For anyone not used to the pacing of older films, this is not the best place to begin. Uninitiated audiences are likely to find it boring--the plot is relatively simple, and they would likely have a difficult time remaining with Rio Bravo for its 2 hour and 21 minute running time. It's best to wait until one is acclimated to this kind of pacing, so as not to spoil the experience. The film is well worth it.

John Wayne was an enthralling paradox, and maybe no film better demonstrates why than Rio Bravo. He had almost delicate "pretty boy" looks and a graceful gait that were an odd contrast to his hulking height and status as the "action hero" of his day. He speaks little, and doesn't need to, although he is the star and thus the center of attention. He tends to have an odd smirk on his face. Wayne's performance here interestingly parallels the pacing and tenor of the film--that's not something that one sees very often, or at least it's not something that's very easy to make conspicuous.

And he's not the only charismatic cast member. Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson, Walter Brennan and Angie Dickinson are equally captivating. Even when the full blow-out action sequence begins (and that's not until about two hours into the film, although there are a few great shorter action scenes before that), the focus here is still on the interrelationships between these characters, with Brennan the continually funny comic foil, Nelson the suave, skilled youngster, Martin the complex and troubled but likable complement to Wayne, and Dickinson as the sexy, forward and clever love interest.

Director Howard Hawks seems to do everything right. He guides cinematographer Russell Harlan in capturing subtly beautiful scenery--like the mountains in the distance over the tops of some buildings, and a great sunrise shot--and asks for an atmospheric score (such as the repeated playing of Malaguena by a band in the background) that shows that plot points weren't the only element of the film that influenced John Carpenter (who partially based his Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) on this film). But most intriguing is probably Hawks' staging/blocking. You could easily make a study of just that aspect of the film. The characters are always placed in interesting places in the frame, and they're constantly moving in interesting ways throughout the small collection of buildings and streets that make up the town. There is almost a kind of performance art aspect to it. Wayne, for instance, repeatedly touches base at the jail, then picks up his rifle, circles around to the hotel and back, almost as if he's doing some kind of western Tai Chi.

Rio Bravo is nothing if not understated, and as such, it may take some adjustments from modern, especially younger, viewers. But it's a gem of a film, and worth watching and studying.

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