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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
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John Wayne was in poor health during filming, and had great difficulty getting on and off his horse. See more »
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[Shasta wakes up in Cordona's bed after fainting]
What am I doing here?
Well, you fainted after you shot Whitey, so we put you to bed.
Wait a minute! Where are my clothes? Which one of you took my clothes?
Well, we flipped a coin and I won!
Where are your pants.
You're sleeping on them.
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Let me preface by saying that I am a HUGE John Wayne fan, and Mr. Hawks has made some of the best films in Hollywood history...films like His Girl Friday, The Big Sleep, To Have and Have Not...and of course two of Wayne's best: Red River and Rio Bravo.
Rio Bravo is probably my favorite John Wayne film, and in my top three of all-time favorite Westerns. It was hard enough to sit through El Dorado, which was a truly sub-par remake, but at least El Dorado still managed to be entertaining most of the way through. Rio Lobo is horrendous, the dialog atrocious, the acting abominable, and the direction uninspired. John Wayne actually looks older here than he does in almost every film that would follow, so I must assume his health was at an especially low point during the filming.
In spite of being a man who was badly bloated, unable to breathe for long without an oxygen tank, and who looked dead tired/bored, Mr. Wayne was the only bright point in this entire mess. I see that almost everyone else who reviewed this movie loved Jack Elam. I guess everyone's taste is different...to me, he belonged in an "Apple Dumpling Gang" type of movie, not this one. And when you compare him to Walter Brennan in Rio Bravo, it's embarrassing. Walter Brennan was quirky and, some might say, a bit over the top, but there isn't a person out there that could accuse him of not being completely real and believable on screen. You believed Walter Brennan really was a humorous, wise-cracking guy named Stumpy, not someone who was thrown in because the studio wanted some comic relief. Jack Elam, in his prime, was the epitome of menace on the screen, but his comic caricature here just didn't play for me.
John Wayne is an American legend, international film hero, box office giant, and one of the most beloved actors of all time, yet he couldn't find a studio that would give him enough money to hire anyone better than Jennifer O'Neil, Sherry Lansing, and the beyond-dreadful Jorge Rivero? Having worked for most of my life in Hollywood, I am all too familiar with the industry's maniacal obsession with the bottom line, but give me a break...this was John Wayne!! To me, it was a crime to leave him out there dangling alone. All studios end up doing when they scrimp and save is produce garbage...then they have the nerve to complain that the star turns out garbage...then they complain that the audiences aren't coming to see that star's movies...and then they give even less money the next time around. Geniuses.
There are so many far superior John Wayne films, Howard Hawks films, and Wayne-Hawks collaborations, that you are doing yourself a disservice wasting precious time watching Rio Lobo. This film is only good for checking to see if the fast forward button on your DVD player's remote works properly.
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