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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 »
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(193 articles)
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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)
Frank Mills ... Barfly (uncredited)

Gordon Mitchell ... Bar Cowboy Watching Fistfight (uncredited)
Kansas Moehring ... Barfly (uncredited)
Tom Monroe ... Henchman (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:
Although a 1959 release, the opening credits say 1958.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Chance asks Feathers if she was sorry she didn't go on the stage, Consuela turns around to face Chance twice.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
John T. Chance:Joe, you're under arrest.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Death Proof (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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37 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
The real bullettime, 9 June 2003
Author: Michael Wood from West Yorkshire, England

It says much about current cinema that this vintage slice of Hollywood is now considered too long and too slow by the modern generation of movie goers. Howard Hawks labours to create setting, mood and pace introducing genuine characters are colourful for the flaws they have as their positive points presenting heroes one can empathise with, people with three dimensions, not thin caricatures that popular many of today's movies.

No character empathises this more than Dean Martin's broken down drunk Dude. Nicknamed "Borachon" by the Mexicans (Borachon is Spanish for "Drunkard") Dude battles with the demons that drove him to drink as he desperately tried not to let down Sheriff Chance, John Wayne, who believes in him more than he believes in himself. Dude's pouring back of a glass of bourbon into the bottle is one of the most life affirming scenes ever committed to film.

Wayne never really does anything other than play John Wayne and Hawks spins on this playing with the ethos of the man. The same steadfast values that mean Wayne's Sheriff John T. Chance will not release the prisoner Joe Burdette back to his murderous gang leave him stiff and awkward in front of Angie Dickinson's love interest "Feathers" creating perhaps the quintessential John Wayne movie in which the Jules Furthman and Leigh Brackett's screenplay explores the depths of the ideals that Wayne stands for. This is a movie about not just about redemption, but about the reasons for a tough redemption in a World in which collapse and lawlessness are easier options.

And when Dude pours his Bourbon back, affirming that even though he cannot be the man he was but he can still be a good man, you will not be wishing it was film in bullettime.

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