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Rio Lobo (1970)

G  |   |  Adventure, Western, Romance  |  18 December 1970 (USA)
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After the Civil War, Cord McNally searches for the traitor whose perfidy caused the defeat of McNally's unit and the loss of a close friend.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jorge Rivero ...
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Dr. Jones
Mike Henry ...
Sheriff Pat Cronin
Dean Smith ...
Whitey Carter
4th Gunman


Col. Cord McNally an ex union officer teams up with a couple of ex Johnny Rebs to search for the traitor who sold information to the South during the Civil War. Their quest brings them to the town of Rio Lobo where they help recover this little Texas town from ruthless outlaws who are led by the traitor they were looking for. Written by Christopher D. Ryan <>

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Give 'Em Hell, John.


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18 December 1970 (USA)  »

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San Timoteo  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Howard Hawks originally wanted Leigh Chapman to write the script for this film. See more »


All of the major characters in the film are seen wearing/using Colt Single Action Army revolvers shortly after the civil war ends (1865). The gun wasn't introduced until eight years later (1873). See more »


Cord McNally: Whitey's *dead*.
Phillips: [delighted] *That's* the best news I heared all *year*! Who killed 'im?
Cord McNally: [referring to Shasta] *She* did!
Phillips: [amazed] Well, I'll be a suck-egg mule-! Legs like *that*, and she can *shoot*, too!
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Howard Hawks loved this movie
2 August 2004 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This has to be unique in the history of Hollywood. Leading director and screen legend Howard Hawks loved this film so much that they made three variations of the same movie. By the time Rio Lobo was made, the theme was getting a bit thin, but it's still grand entertainment.

The first part of the film is set during the Civil War with John Wayne pursuing Confederates who are stealing army payrolls. He does catch up with them and the Civil War ends. He befriends his erstwhile enemies and asks for their help in locating the informer who was giving them information.

That all sets the scene for the third variant of Rio Bravo/El Dorado theme. Playing the old codger part is Jack Elam who by now had quit being a screen menace and was doing comedy and doing it well. The two younger sidekicks are the former Confederate enemies, Jorge Rivero and Chris Mitchum.

Rio Lobo had the presence of two stars of the Mexican cinema, Jorge Rivero and Susana Dosamantes. Dosamantes played Mitchum's girlfriend and Jennifer O'Neill played the Angie Dickinson part although Wayne was now deciding he was too old for the romance. She pairs off with Rivero.

In a small bit part is Sherry Lansing who left acting soon after Rio Lobo and really hit the big time, going into the production end of the movie business and becoming head of first 20th Century Fox and later CEO of Paramount.

The two principal villains are Victor French who played the neighbor on Little House On The Prarie and Mike Henry who was one of several screen Tarzans.

It's a good John Wayne western and that takes in a whole lot of territory pilgrim.

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