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Rio Bravo (1959)

Not Rated | | 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.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Sheriff John T. Chance
... Dude ('Borrachón')
... Colorado Ryan
... Feathers
... Stumpy
... Pat Wheeler
... Nathan Burdette
... Carlos Robante (as Pedro Gonzalez-Gonzalez)
Estelita Rodriguez ... Consuela Robante
... Joe Burdette
... Jake (Stage Driver) (scenes deleted)
... Harold (scenes deleted)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... Cowboy (scenes deleted)
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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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The fought back to back...No quarter given...No quarter asked...No way in...No way out...of Rio Bravo See more »

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Action | Drama | Western

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4 April 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Howard Hawks' Rio Bravo  »

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$12,535,000
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Trivia

At the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, the rifle used by John Wayne (also used in El Dorado (1967)) and the hat and shotgun used by Walter Brennan are on display. See more »

Goofs

When Chance rushes into a stable, his hat flies off. But in the next shot it is back on his head. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
John T. Chance: Joe, you're under arrest.
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References Red River (1948) See more »

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Cindy
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Music and Lyrics by Unknown
Performed by Ricky Nelson, Walter Brennan and Dean Martin
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Classic John Wayne Western
24 December 2013 | by See all my reviews

Sheriff John T. Chance (John Wayne) is holding Joe Burdette (Claude Akins) for killing an unarmed man. Only Joe's brother Nathan (John Russell) wants Joe freed, and he'll use everything in his powers. The only hope Chance has is a drunk (Dean Martin), a kid (Ricky Nelson), and ol' Stumpy (Walter Brennan).

This is classic John Wayne at his finest. He is the great gunslinger facing insurmountable odds who takes on the bad guys with his brains, his determination, and his skills. Directed by Howard Hawks, this is just a great old fashion western. They even have Dean Martin and Ricky Nelson sing-along. Angie Dickinson plays the romantic lead. Sure, it is cliché. The good guys always win in the end. But there's nothing wrong with that.


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