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Rio Bravo (1959)

Passed | | Action, Drama, Western | 4 April 1959 (USA)
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A small-town sheriff in the American West enlists the help of a cripple, a drunk, and a young gunfighter in his efforts to hold in jail the brother of the local bad guy.

Director:

Howard Hawks

Writers:

Jules Furthman (screenplay), Leigh Brackett (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Wayne ... Sheriff John T. Chance
Dean Martin ... Dude ('Borrachón')
Ricky Nelson ... Colorado Ryan
Angie Dickinson ... Feathers
Walter Brennan ... Stumpy
Ward Bond ... Pat Wheeler
John Russell ... Nathan Burdette
Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez ... Carlos Robante (as Pedro Gonzalez-Gonzalez)
Estelita Rodriguez Estelita Rodriguez ... Consuela Robante
Claude Akins ... Joe Burdette
Malcolm Atterbury ... Jake (Stage Driver) (scenes deleted)
Harry Carey Jr. ... Harold (scenes deleted)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sheb Wooley ... Cowboy (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Sheriff John T. Chance has his hands full after arresting Joe Burdette for murder. He knows that Burdette's brother Nathan, a powerful rancher, will go to any lengths to get him out of jail. Chance's good friend Pat Wheeler offers to help but within 20 minutes of making the offer is gunned down in the street, shot in the back. That leaves his elderly deputy Stumpy, the town drunk Dude - once a deputy and a pretty good shot when he was sober - and a young hand, Colorado, who used to work for Wheeler. Nathan Burdette meanwhile has a couple of dozen men at his disposal. Chance does his best to prepare all the while romancing a pretty gambler who goes by the name of Feathers. Written by garykmcd

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Taglines:

Old Stumpy...no teeth...one leg...but all the rest was guts... See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Although Harry Carey Jr. was listed in the credits on-screen, he does not appear in the picture. Carey had a drinking problem at the time. He called director Howard Hawks "Howard" instead of "Mr. Hawks" on one of his first days on the set, infuriating Hawks. His contract, including his pay and his screen credit, was honored, but his part (a townsman) was cut. See more »

Goofs

At night when Dude and Chance are making their rounds, the camera follows Dude as he walks briefly off the set. You can clearly see a huge concrete pillar he walks past. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
John T. Chance: Joe, you're under arrest.
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Connections

Featured in The Men Who Made the Movies: Howard Hawks (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

El Degüello
Mexican bugle call
Arranged by Dimitri Tiomkin
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Excellent, Character Led Western
20 September 2004 | by michaelgranthamSee all my reviews

I had to comment on this as the only other comment said it was too long and too dull. I recorded it for my father, who is a western fan, and watched it with him and my wife.

The movie has charismatic performances from Wayne and especially Walter Brennan as the old deputy. He made us laugh out loud several times. True it isn't all action, but more about characters. Ricky Nelson did okay, no Oscars here but a competent enough piece of acting as a young, brash cowboy.

Angie Dickinson plays the love interest and boy was she gorgeous in those days! OK so the Duke was cracking on a bit for the young and lovely Angie to fall in love with him, but there wasn't much else in the town to fancy and some women like older men!

Very enjoyable Western. I gave it 8/10.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

4 April 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Howard Hawks' Rio Bravo See more »

Filming Locations:

Tucson, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$12,535,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Armada Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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