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Release Date:
18 December 1970 (USA) See more »
Give 'Em Hell, John.
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Wayne ... Col. Cord McNally
Jorge Rivero ... Capt. Pierre Cordona

Jennifer O'Neill ... Shasta Delaney

Jack Elam ... Phillips

Christopher Mitchum ... Sgt. Tuscarora Phillips

Victor French ... Ketcham
Susana Dosamantes ... María Carmen

Sherry Lansing ... Amelita

David Huddleston ... Dr. Jones
Mike Henry ... Sheriff Tom Hendricks
Bill Williams ... Sheriff Pat Cronin

Jim Davis ... Riley
Dean Smith ... Bitey

Robert Donner ... Whitey Carter

George Plimpton ... 4th Gunman
Edward Faulkner ... Lt. Harris

Peter Jason ... Lt. Forsythe
Chuck Courtney ... Chuck
Robert Rothwell ... 3rd Gunman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Don 'Red' Barry ... Feeny - Bartender (uncredited)
Harold Cops ... (uncredited)
Stanley Corson ... (uncredited)

Sondra Currie ... Blackthorne Prostitute (uncredited)
José Ángel Espinosa 'Ferrusquilla' ... (uncredited)
Chuck Hayward ... (uncredited)
Conrad Hool ... Lon (uncredited)
Lance Hool ... Picket (uncredited)
John Hudkins ... Rio Lobo Deputy (uncredited)
Michael Jeffers ... Barfly in Blackthorne (uncredited)
Frank Kennedy ... (uncredited)
Richard LaMarr ... Man in Army Post Saloon (uncredited)
Charlie Longfoot ... (uncredited)
John McKee ... Rio Lobo Deputy (uncredited)
Boyd 'Red' Morgan ... Train Engineer (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Man in Army Post Saloon (uncredited)
Gregg Palmer ... Pete - Henchman (uncredited)
Jim Prejean ... (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson ... Corporal in Baggage Car (uncredited)
Danny Sands ... (uncredited)
Cap Somers ... Card Player (uncredited)
Anthony Sparrow Hawk ... (uncredited)

Bob Steele ... Rio Lobo Deputy (uncredited)
Tommy Tedesco ... Guitar Player in Opening Credits (uncredited)

Ethan Wayne ... (uncredited)

Hank Worden ... Hank - Hotel Clerk (uncredited)

Directed by
Howard Hawks 
Writing credits
Burton Wohl (screenplay) and
Leigh Brackett (screenplay)

Burton Wohl (story)

Produced by
Howard Hawks .... producer
Paul Helmick .... associate producer (as Paul A. Helmick)
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith 
Cinematography by
William H. Clothier (director of photography)
Film Editing by
John Woodcock 
Casting by
Hoyt Bowers 
Production Design by
Robert Emmet Smith  (as Robert E. Smith)
Set Decoration by
William Kiernan  (as William R. Kiernan)
Costume Design by
Leah Rhodes 
Makeup Department
Jean Austin .... hair stylist
Monty Westmore .... makeup artist
Dave Grayson .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Robert M. Beche .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yakima Canutt .... second unit director
Mike Moder .... assistant director
Art Department
Ray Mercer Jr. .... property master (as Ray F. Mercer Jr.)
Lloyd R. Apperson .... construction foreman (uncredited)
Craig Binkley .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Sound Department
John R. Carter .... sound (as John Carter)
Jack A. Finlay .... supervising sound editor (as Jack Finlay)
Special Effects by
A.D. Flowers .... special effects
Cliff Wenger .... special effects (as Clifford P. Wenger)
Joe Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
Tap Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Courtney .... stunts (uncredited)
Tony Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Jerry Gatlin .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hayward .... stunts (uncredited)
Ace Hudkins .... stunts (uncredited)
John Hudkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Leonard .... stunts (uncredited)
John McKee .... stunts (uncredited)
Boyd 'Red' Morgan .... stunts (uncredited)
Hal Needham .... stunts (uncredited)
Rudy Robbins .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson .... stunts (uncredited)
Danny Sands .... stunts (uncredited)
Dean Smith .... stunts (uncredited)
Neil Summers .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Williams .... stunts (uncredited)
Rodd Wolff .... stunts (uncredited)
Richard Wright .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack N. Young .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
William Dodds .... camera operator (as William J. Dodds)
Harry R. Jones .... key grip
James V. Vajana .... gaffer (as James V. Vaiana)
Richard Barth .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Bill Johnson .... camera operator (uncredited)
Frank Redmond .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Frank Kennedy .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Patricia Norris .... costumer: women
Theodore R. Parvin .... costumer: men (as Ted Parvin)
Luster Bayless .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Gene Feldman .... supervising music editor
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Tommy Tedesco .... musician: guitar solo (uncredited)
Other crew
Dennis L. Judd II .... location coordinator
Don Record .... director: titles
Don Record .... title designer
Marshall J. Wolins .... script supervisor
'Chema' Hernandez .... head wrangler (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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114 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Australia:M | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:G (Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Iceland:12 | Netherlands:14 (orginal rating) | Norway:16 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | USA:G | West Germany:16 (f) | West Germany:12 (f) (new rating)

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John Wayne was in poor health during filming, and had great difficulty getting on and off his horse.See more »
Continuity: When they leave the jail for the prisoner exchange they say that it is an hour after sun up but when they reach the street their shadows are almost vertical showing that it is actually around noon.See more »
Cord McNally:I'm Cord McNally. Didn't Tuscarora tell you about me?
Phillips:Cord McNally? Yeah, he sure did! And I ain't gonna *repeat* what he said!
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22 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
A Rio Too Far, 3 August 2006
Author: Bill Slocum ( from Greenwich, CT United States

Seeing a John Wayne movie where Wayne himself is the most vital presence is normal for just about any film he was in. Seeing a John Wayne movie where he is the most accomplished and subtle actor on screen, the Olivier of the proceedings, is quite another, and just one of several reasons "Rio Lobo" sticks out in a bad way.

Wayne plays Union Col. Cord McNally, who after the end of the American Civil War is still after the traitors who sold information about U.S. Army gold shipments that led to the death of a beloved subordinate. McNally finds himself in the middle of a land grab involving two ex-Confederates who knew the traitors in question, and what's more, are now being oppressed by the same baddies in the Texas village of Rio Lobo. Former enemies join forces to see to the righting of a wrong.

Everything about this film is wrong from the start, from the opening titles where we see a guitar played totally out of sync with the tune on the soundtrack to a train robbery scene full of awkward exposition lines to alert us to the fact the train is carrying gold and is being waylaid by Confederates armed with grease and hornets. How Howard Hawks, director of some of Wayne's best films like "Rio Bravo" and "Red River" as well as some choice Hollywood classics, could have made this lame oater his swansong is a question almost existential in its bleakness.

Wayne's supporting actors make him seem Shakespearean by comparison. Future movie executive Sherry Lansing shows why she saved her best work for behind the camera as a vengeful senorita, while Jorge Rivero just seems hideously miscast as an Omar Sharif wanna-be playing the Confederate commander Col. McNally first clashes against, then joins sides with. Apparently he is one of those Confederate officers who talks like Desi Arnez or Fernando Lamas. Bracing for a train crash, he yells to his men: "You better find yourself a place with a good hold," but the way he says it makes you think he's in a New Orleans cathouse.

All this is by way of introducing Jennifer O'Neill's terrible turn as the lead female in this production, Shasta Delaney. To see her is to reconsider every supposed movie actor you have labeled "bad" in movies. A woman of rare beauty who leans on her looks all too much, O'Neill is always brushing her hair away from her face and sounding much like the high school homecoming queen drafted in a Shakespearean tragedy. Listening to her say simple lines like "Don't be nice to me" is grating in its banality, not to mention a dunning reminder of how competent Joanne Dru really was playing the lead hottie in the Hawks film "Red River" nearly 25 years before, when she actually managed to carry entire scenes with real dramatic purpose and charm. Its not that Hawks stopped using his casting couch, perchance, just that his standards had slipped so in the interim.

Ah, yes, then there's Wayne, stolid, boring, inert, yet the only thing that keeps us going from scene to scene. He can be so great in many different films; that's what makes him such a joy to follow, and though he's so dull in this one, it's not all his fault.

There's a moment, for example, near the beginning, when someone asks him about a comrade in danger, about how long McNally served with the fellow, and McNally replies: "Since the war began." The way Wayne says it, just the aching delivery in his voice, recalls a succession of battlefields, and you realize how powerful an actor Wayne could be without even trying. I can't really blame him for showing up for work when Hawks asked him to. I imagine on his second day on the set with O'Neill and the English-impaired Rivero, he just thought of all the good work Hawks had sent his way before and remembered that Oscar keeping his bed warm back in his trailer. Wayne's not great, but he's good enough for the lameness around him, which is enough.

So are Christopher Mitchum, Susana Dosamantes, and David Huddleston as a would-be sadistic dentist who pretends to give McNally a thorough going-over while imparting some vital information toward the resolution of the plot, sending him off with a nasty novocain shot and the line: "If you'd have been a good enough actor, I wouldna used it!" Wayne was a good sport to let himself get zinged that way, but the truth be told, he's the least of the problem as far as "Rio Lobo" is concerned.

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