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Rio Bravo -- There's a showdown at Rio Bravo when courageous Sheriff John T. Chance throws the brother of evil cattle baron Nathan Burdette in jail for murder.
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:
Brilliant cast in brilliant western See more (189 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)
Bill Lovett ... Barfly (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
 
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:
Dean Martin got along great with the cast and crew, even if his joke telling sometimes held up production or he was hung over for most of the shoot.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: After Chance is tripped on the staircase, he ends up lying on his stomach with his arm partially under him. When they roll him over, to wake him up, he is lying more on his side, and his arm is now behind him.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
John T. Chance:Joe, you're under arrest.
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Rio BravoSee more »

FAQ

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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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27 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
Brilliant cast in brilliant western, 22 September 2001
Author: Jens Carl from Solvesborg, Sweden

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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