Rio Bravo (1959) Poster


John Russell: Nathan Burdette


  • John T. Chance : [explaining why Joe got beat up]  He didn't take too kindly to being arrested for murder.

    Joe Burdette : It wasn't murder.

    Nathan Burdette : If he says it wasn't murder, why do you say it was?

    John T. Chance : Man gets shot that's got a gun, there's room for reasonable doubt. Man gets shot that hasn't got a gun, what would you call it? But, you knew that already otherwise you wouldn't have set things up the way you did.

    Nathan Burdette : Just what have I done?

    John T. Chance : You're a rich man, Burdette... big ranch, pay a lot of people to do what you want 'em to do. And you got a brother. He's no good but he's your brother. He committed twenty murders you'd try and see he didn't hang for 'em.

    Nathan Burdette : I don't like that kinda talk. Now you're practically accusing me...

    John T. Chance : Let's get this straight. You don't like? I don't like a lot of things. I don't like your men sittin' on the road bottling up this town. I don't like your men watching us, trying to catch us with our backs turned. And I don't like it when a friend of mine offers to help and twenty minutes later he's dead! And i don't like you, Burdette, because you set it up.

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