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Writers:
Joseph Landon (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
27 November 1964 (West Germany) See more »
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Four men stalking the Apache nation...on a mission that could drench the whole Southwest in blood and flames!
Plot:
Two Army officers, an alcoholic ex-Confederate soldier and a womanizing Mexican travel to Mexico on... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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Tough grizzled Oater worthy of re-evaluation. See more (38 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Richard Boone ... James Lassiter

Stuart Whitman ... Capt. Haven

Anthony Franciosa ... Rodriguez (as Tony Franciosa)

Wende Wagner ... Sally
Warner Anderson ... Col. Wagner

Jim Brown ... Sgt. Ben Franklyn
Rodolfo Acosta ... Bloodshirt
Barry Kelley ... Croupier

Vito Scotti ... Mexican Bandit
House Peters Jr. ... Pardee Officer

Kevin Hagen ... Blondebeard

Edmond O'Brien ... Col. Theron Pardee
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Adler ... Pardee Soldier (uncredited)

Timothy Carey ... Chico (uncredited)
Roberto Contreras ... Mexican at Corral (uncredited)
Linda Cordova ... Mexican Girl (uncredited)
Abel Fernandez ... Mexican at Corral (uncredited)
Marie Gomez ... Anita (uncredited)
William Graeff Jr. ... Sentry (uncredited)
M. Hakim ... Houseman (uncredited)
Eve Marlowe ... Isabelle (uncredited)
Billy McCoy ... Trooper (uncredited)
Jorge Moreno ... Mexican Patrol Leader (uncredited)
Mickey Simpson ... Bartender (uncredited)
Richard Walsh ... Corporal of Guard (uncredited)

Directed by
Gordon Douglas 
 
Writing credits
Joseph Landon (screenplay) and
Clair Huffaker (screenplay)

Clair Huffaker (novel)

Produced by
David Weisbart .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith 
 
Cinematography by
Joseph MacDonald (director of photography) (as Joe MacDonald)
 
Film Editing by
Joseph Silver 
 
Art Direction by
William J. Creber  (as William Creber)
Jack Martin Smith 
 
Set Decoration by
Lucien Hafley 
Walter M. Scott 
 
Makeup Department
Margaret Donovan .... hair stylist
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joseph E. Rickards .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Alfred Bruzlin .... sound
Elmer Raguse .... sound
Harry Proodian .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
William Graeff Jr. .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson .... stunts (uncredited)
Dean Smith .... stunts (uncredited)
Bobby Somers .... stunts (uncredited)
Troy Ward .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Duke Callaghan .... camera operator (uncredited)
Robert Coburn .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator
Laurindo Almeida .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Victor Arno .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Robert Bain .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Pete Carpenter .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Carl Fortina .... musician: accordion (uncredited)
Jerry Goldsmith .... conductor (uncredited)
Wally Heglin .... music copyist (uncredited)
Louis Kaufman .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Milton Kestenbaum .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Red Mitchell .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Richard Nash .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Emil Richards .... musician: drums (uncredited)
Urban Thielmann .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Raymond Turner .... musician: piano (uncredited)
 
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107 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Finland:K-16 (1964) (cut) | Finland:(Banned) (1964) (uncut) | Germany:16 (DVD rating) | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | West Germany:16 (nf)

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Trivia:
Film debut of Jim Brown. He gave up his football career, at its peak, to try acting.See more »
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Anachronisms: The time setting is 1867, but there are 1873 Winchesters being used.See more »
Quotes:
Bloodshirt:I will tell you why Lassiter comes. To kill, and then to die.See more »
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Featured in Jim Brown: All American (2002) (TV)See more »

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Tough grizzled Oater worthy of re-evaluation., 27 May 2011
Author: JohnRouseMerriottChard from United Kingdom

Rio Conchos is directed by Gordon Douglas and adapted to screenplay by Joseph Landon from the Clair Huffaker novel. It stars Richard Boone, Stuart Whitman, Jim Brown, Tony Franciosa, Wende Wagner and Edmond O'Brien. Music is scored by Jerry Goldsmith and Joseph MacDonald is the cinematographer. Out of 20th Century Fox it's a CinemaScope production filmed in De Luxe Color, and primary location used for filming was Moab, Utah.

One ex-Confederate officer out for revenge against the Apache, one Army Captain driven by a sense of duty, one Buffalo Soldier continuing to prove himself and one Mexican convict getting a second shot at freedom. Four men, one journey, a mission to find who is arming the Apache with repeating rifles. Danger, mistrust and hostility are their only companions.

The plot may be routine, and certainly it owes a debt to The Comancheros (Huffaker involved there too), but this is a tough and dark Western propelled by fine acting, quality direction and photography to die for. Structured around a men on a mission basis, each one with their own particular issues, it's very much a character driven piece. It's the time spent in the company of these men that makes the film so riveting, it never gets dull, the character dynamics are such, that we never quite know what to expect from the next part of the journey. Director Douglas also doesn't shy from action, pitting our odd group against Mexican Bandits and Apache Indians along the way, and then delivering a high octane finale that has a few twists and turns to keep it away from being formulaic.

Whitman and Brown acquit themselves well enough, as does Wagner as the sole female of the piece. But acting wise this film belongs to Boone and Franciosa. The former portrays a bitter vengeful heart with ease, with a lived in alcoholic face, his destiny you feel is mapped out from the off. The latter shines as the ebullient character of the group, shifty, sly and as untrustworthy as it gets, Franciosa's play off of Boone gives the film its central pulse beat. But arguably all players are trumped by MacDonald's photography and Douglas' use of the scenery. From pretty much the first frame the landscape is the big character here. Douglas wisely using many long shots to reveal miles of vistas, then knowing when to pull in close to envelope the characters to give off the feeling of mental claustrophobia. Exterior work here belies the budget afforded the film, and all told it's a far better movie than the bigger produced Comancheros. Goldsmith's score is also a plus point, striking the mood from the get go, his arrangements flow at one with the hazardous destiny of the four men.

One of the better 60's Westerns, it's in desperate need of a remastering job being done on it. 8/10

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