Cole Thornton, a gunfighter for hire, joins forces with an old friend, Sheriff J.P. Hara. Together with an old Indian fighter and a gambler, they help a rancher and his family fight a rival rancher that is trying to steal their water.
After the Civil War, ex-Confederate soldiers heading for a new life in Mexico run into ex-Union cavalrymen selling horses to the Mexican government but they must join forces to fight off Mexican bandits and revolutionaries.
Texas Ranger Jake Cutter arrests gambler Paul Regret, but soon finds himself teamed with his prisoner in an undercover effort to defeat a band of renegade arms merchants and thieves known as Comancheros.
Colonel Cord McNally, an ex-Union Officer teams up with a couple of ex-Confederate Rebels to search for the traitor who sold information to the South during the Civil War. Their quest brings them to the town of Rio Lobo, where they help recover this little Texas town from ruthless outlaws who are led by the traitor, for whom they were looking.Written by
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The ending underwent some changes when Howard Hawks became disenchanted with his leading lady. Jennifer O'Neill had been a top model with small roles in a couple of previous movies when he cast her in this film. He later said the leading role went to her head and, although still a relative unknown, she arrived on-set with an entourage and the attitude of a major star. Hawks became so fed up with what he perceived as her uncooperative nature and lack of experience, that he cut her out of the ending, and gave her lines to Sherry Lansing. Not that he left Lansing alone, either. She has noted how he made her lower her voice and tailor her image to be a reflection of Lauren Bacall. "He attempted to control every aspect of your life, how you dressed, what you did in your spare time. In his world, you were required to be the image, not the person." See more »
In the hotel scene when the Sheriff calls out to McNally "look out " He calls him Troy, his name in the film is Cord. See more »
*That's* the best news I heared all *year*! Who killed 'im?
[referring to Shasta]
Well, I'll be a suck-egg mule-! Legs like *that*, and she can *shoot*, too!
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After an excellent start with the train ambush, the movie loses steam and never really picks up, an unhappy way for a great director like Hawks to bow out. But I did not get too bored and was happy enough to stick it out to the end, even though the writing is too flat and derivative with echos of half a dozen better movies. Rivero lacks the charisma that could have helped to save things but I do not think O'Neill is as bad as some reviewers claim – not expressive enough with her dialogue at this stage but I think you can see the spark that gave her a respectable career in movies. But, as usual, Wayne saves the day. Even in a disappointing movie like this, that enormous screen presence reminds you just what a great star he was.
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