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.
You've seen nothing like 'em together and in the heat and hate of Rio Bravo nothing can tear 'em apart!
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Did You Know?
After seeing the film, Gary Cooper
said it was "so phony, nobody believes in it." Ironically, Cooper had been a visitor to the set since he was filming The Hanging Tree
(1959) nearby. This film is considered to be John Wayne
and Howard Hawks
' reply to Cooper's own film High Noon
(1952) because neither Wayne nor Hawks thought a real lawman would want or need to ask for help in handling a problem like Cooper's character did in that film. See more
The majority of the men in the film are clean shaven. Given the 1885 setting of the film, this would be statistically unlikely as most men in the Old West wore facial hair. Facial hair at this time was in fashion and it was nearly impossible to shave frequently with the limited access to clean water. See more
John T. Chance
Joe, you're under arrest.
Referenced in Ouaga saga
Mexican bugle call
Arranged by Dimitri Tiomkin See more