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Rio Grande ()


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A cavalry officer posted on the Rio Grande must deal with murderous raiding Apaches, his son who's a risk-taking recruit and his wife from whom he has been separated for many years.

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Lt. Col. Kirby Yorke
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Mrs. Kathleen Yorke
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Trooper Travis Tyree
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Trooper Jefferson 'Jeff' Yorke
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Trooper Daniel 'Sandy' Boone
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Dr. Wilkins (regimental surgeon)
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Lt. Gen. Philip Sheridan
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Sgt. Maj. Timothy Quincannon
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U.S. Deputy Marshal
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Regimental Musicians (as Sons Of The Pioneers)
Peter Ortiz ...
Capt. St. Jacques
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Capt. Prescott
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Margaret Mary
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Lieutenant
Stan Jones ...
Sergeant
Fred Kennedy ...
Trooper Heinze
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Donnelly - Regimental Singer (uncredited)
Tommy Doss ...
Regimental Singer (uncredited)
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Regimental Singer (uncredited)
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Regimental Singer (uncredited)
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Regimental Singer / Bugler (uncredited)
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Soldier (uncredited)
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(uncredited)
Jack Pennick ...
Sergeant (uncredited)
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Regimental Singer (uncredited)
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Officer / Indian Who Fires Arrow Into Col. York's Chest (uncredited)
Barlow Simpson ...
Indian Chief (uncredited)
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Boy (uncredited)

Directed by

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John Ford

Written by

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James Kevin McGuinness ... (screenplay)
 
James Warner Bellah ... (Saturday Evening Post story)

Produced by

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Merian C. Cooper ... producer (uncredited)
John Ford ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Victor Young ... (musical score)

Cinematography by

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Bert Glennon ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Jack Murray

Editorial Department

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Barbara Ford ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Art Direction by

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Frank Hotaling

Set Decoration by

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John McCarthy Jr. ... (set decorations)
Charles S. Thompson ... (set decorations) (as Charles Thompson)

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Adele Palmer ... (costumes designed by)

Makeup Department

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Peggy Gray ... hair stylist
Bob Mark ... makeup supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Wingate Smith ... assistant director
Cliff Lyons ... second unit director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Dudley Holmes ... properties (as R. Dudley Holmes)

Sound Department

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Earl Crain Sr. ... sound
Howard Wilson ... sound

Special Effects by

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Howard Lydecker ... special effects
Theodore Lydecker ... special effects

Stunts

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Jerry Brown ... stunts (uncredited)
Everett Creach ... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hayward ... stunts (uncredited)
John Hudkins ... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Kennedy ... stunts (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons ... stunts (uncredited)
Frank McGrath ... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson ... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Rose ... stunts (uncredited)
Barlow Simpson ... stunts (uncredited)
Norm Taylor ... stunt double (uncredited)
Terry Wilson ... stunts (uncredited)
Jack N. Young ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Archie Stout ... second unit photography

Music Department

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Sidney Cutner ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Norm Taylor ... driver: cavalry wagon (uncredited)

Other crew

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D.R.O. Hatswell ... uniforms (as D.R. Overall Hatswell)
Philip Kieffer ... technical advisor (as Major Philip H. Kieffer U.S.A. Ret.)
Herbert J. Yates ... presenter
Sid Davis ... stand-in: John Wayne (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

Rio Grande takes place after the Civil War when the Union turned their attention towards the Apaches. Union officer Kirby Yorke is in charge of an outpost on the Rio Grande in which he is in charge of training of new recruits one of which is his son whom he hasn't seen in 15 years. He whips him into shape to take on the Apaches but not before his mother shows up to take him out of there.The decision to leave is left up to Trooper Yorke who decides to stay and fight. Through it all Kirby and Kathleen though separated for years fall back into love and decide that it's time to give it another try. But Yorke faces his toughest battle when his unorthodox plan to outwit the elusive Apaches leads to possible court- martial. Locked in a bloody Indian war, he must fight to redeem his honor and save the love and lives of his broken family Written by Christopher D. Ryan

Plot Keywords
Taglines THE BREATHTAKING SAGA OF THE UNITED STATES CAVALRY! (original print ad - all caps) See more »
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Also Known As
  • Rio Bravo (United States)
  • John Ford and Merian C. Cooper's Rio Grande (United States)
  • Rio Bravo, Rio Grande Command (United States)
  • Cavalry 3: Rio Grande (World-wide, English title)
  • John Ford and Merian C. Cooper's Rio Grande (United Kingdom)
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Runtime
  • 105 min
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Box Office

Budget $1,214,899 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia According to Maureen O'Hara in her biography, "Tis Herself", some stunt men died during the shooting of the film when they fell from their horses during a scene in the middle of a muddy river. Their bodies were never recovered. See more »
Goofs After hearing his son's name in the new arrivals' role call, Col. Yorke comes out to speak to the troops. When he does, he puts his hat on twice. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Directed by John Ford (1971). See more »
Soundtracks My Gal Is Purple See more »
Quotes [York plans the rescue of children held prisoner by Apaches]
Lt. Col. Kirby York: Is it dark enough for you to get in there?
Trooper Travis Tyree: With two men I pick, sir.
Lt. Col. Kirby York: Two men you pick? I know you're a excellent judge of horse flesh, Trooper Tyree. You proved that when you stole my horse. But how are you as a judge of men for a dangerous mission?
Trooper Travis Tyree: I consider myself a good judge of men I trust, sir.
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