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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 »
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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:
"You Can Do Just About Anything You Want To, Chance." 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)

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)
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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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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:TV-14 (TV rating) | USA:Approved (certificate #19034) | West Germany:12 (nf)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Ty Hardin tried to get the role played by Ricky Nelson.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Stumpy, Dude, and Colorado are sitting around playing music and singing, on the second song (where Stumpy sings) in the second verse, Colorado sings "I wish I had an needle..." but he mouths the words "I wish I was a needle."See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
John T. Chance:Joe, you're under arrest.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Lawyer (2010)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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43 out of 61 people found the following review useful.
"You Can Do Just About Anything You Want To, Chance.", 1 August 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Howard Hawks initially wanted to reunite John Wayne and Montgomery Clift who had worked so well together in Red River in his second film with Wayne. Clift however was at the beginning of the slide that would ultimately destroy him in seven years and said no. It was then that Dean Martin was cast as John Wayne's alcoholic deputy.

By the way if Clift had done the part it would have reunited him with Walter Brennan also who is playing a very similar part to the one he did in Red River in relation to Wayne.

In the wordless beginning of Rio Bravo, Wayne while going into the town saloon to fetch Dino, witnesses a cold blooded killing perpetrated by Claude Akins. Akins is the no good brother of rich rancher John Russell who keeps trying to spring Akins from Wayne's jail. He also brings in some hired guns who bottle the town up.

Both Howard Hawks and John Wayne absolutely hated High Noon and made Rio Bravo as their answer to it. This sheriff doesn't go around begging for help from the townspeople he's sworn to protect. He's supposed to be good enough to handle the job himself with some help from only a few good men.

Dean Martin said that the Rio Bravo role for him was one of the most difficult. At that time he was playing a drunk on stage and was not yet into the substance abuse problems that beset him later on. But turns in a stellar performance.

This film marked the farewell feature film performance of Ward Bond who took some time from his Wagon Train TV series to play the small role of a Wayne friend who offers to help and gets killed for his trouble. Fitting it should be in the starring film of his best friend John Wayne.

The only bad note in Rio Bravo is that of Ricky Nelson who is too much the nice kid from Ozzie and Harriet to suggest being a young gun. But Rio Bravo marked the first of many films Wayne used a current teenage idol to insure box office. Later on Frankie Avalon, Fabian, Bobby Vinton all the way down to Ron Howard in The Shootist brought a younger audience in for the Duke.

James Caan who played the Ricky Nelson part in El Dorado was much superior to Nelson. Then again, Caan is an actor. But I will say that Dean and Ricky sung real pretty.

When you hear Dean singing My Rifle, Pony, and Me in the jailhouse, you might recognize the same melody from Red River as Settle Down. Dimitri Tiomkin wrote it and Dean recorded it as well as the title song for Capitol records. At Capitol Dino did mostly ersatz Italian ballads, it was what he was identified with. When he switched to Reprise, Dino started doing far more country and western and it really starts with the songs he did in Rio Bravo.

Rio Bravo is a leisurely paced western, probably one of the slowest John Wayne ever did. But Howard Hawks created some characters and a story that hold the interest through out.

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