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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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Susana Dosamantes ...
María Carmen
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Riley
Dean Smith ...
Bitey
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Whitey Carter
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4th Gunman
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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 <cryan@direct.ca>

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Give 'Em Hell, John.


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San Timoteo  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Writer and reporter George Plimpton was cast in a minor role in this film (4th Gunman) while collecting research on the film industry. In a TV documentary shown during this time he commented that John Wayne kept calling him "Pimpleton" as a joke. See more »

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At the end, when Sheriff Hendricks is coming out of the barn using his rifle as a crutch, he lifts his rifle up, and the barrel is clear. In the following closeup, it is clogged, causing the barrel to explode when he fires it. See more »

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Sheriff 'Blue Tom' Hendricks: Don't you worry Mr. Ketcham, we'll get you out.
Phillips: Just try and get him out, just you try!
Ketcham: Don't try anything Tom, don't do anything, he's crazy, he want's to kill me!
Phillips: He's right!
[Fires shotgun in the air, then jabs it into Ketchams back]
Phillips: Got another barrel, get in there!
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Wayne carries this movie single-handedly
28 January 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

As you might have noticed in some of my other reviews of John Wayne films, I am not exactly a huge fan of his later films (during the last 10 years of his life)--though there are exceptions, such as THE SHOOTIST. It's because the films look like they were just churned out--with occasionally silly scripts and Wayne playing more a caricature of himself than acting like he did in earlier films. Plus, in many of these films the supporting cast just seemed second-rate. This movie is a prime example of a second-rate cast. While Wayne is fine, there just isn't a lot of real support from anyone--no ensemble cast of Harry Carey (Junior OR Senior), Ward Bond, James Arness or even John Agar! Now considering some of these people were dead when the film was made, I could certainly understand the decision NOT to put them in the film. But, couldn't they have gotten some better actors instead? The only one worth watching was Jack Elam (who was GREAT) but he was only in the last half of the film and could have used a lot more screen time as the crazy old man. Although I've seen this movie 3 or 4 times, I can't even remember WHO the two supporting Confederate soldiers were or even what they looked like--and that's very unusual for me. The three ladies, though pretty, were also equally bland.

So, overall this is a decent time passer for the average viewer (you can take it or leave it) and important for fans of John Wayne.


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