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Rio Lobo (1970)

After the Civil War, Cord McNally searches for the traitor whose treachery caused the defeat of McNally's unit and the loss of a close friend.

Director:

Howard Hawks

Writers:

Burton Wohl (screenplay), Leigh Brackett (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Wayne ... Col. Cord McNally
Jorge Rivero ... Capt. Pierre Cordona
Jennifer O'Neill ... Shasta Delaney
Jack Elam ... Phillips
Christopher Mitchum ... Sgt. Tuscarora Phillips
Victor French ... Ketcham
Susana Dosamantes ... María Carmen
Sherry Lansing ... Amelita
David Huddleston ... Dr. Ivor Jones
Mike Henry ... Sheriff Tom Hendricks
Bill Williams ... Sheriff Pat Cronin
Jim Davis ... Riley
Dean Smith ... Bide
Robert Donner ... Whitey Carter
George Plimpton ... 4th Gunman
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Storyline

Bent on unearthing the cynical traitor who sold information to the enemy and caused the death of a dear brother-in-arms, the battle-tested former Union cavalry officer, Colonel Cord McNally, teams up with a pair of ex-Confederates after the Civil War. Now, as honest friends, the three companions ride into Rio Lobo--a dusty town in the middle of the desert overcome by corruption--to bring to justice the one who sold McNally out; however, the town is rife with the betrayer's murderous cut-throats. Can McNally avenge his bosom buddy and clean up Rio Lobo? Written by Nick Riganas

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Give 'Em Hell, John.


Certificate:

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Trivia

When Cord McNally (John Wayne) visits Sheriff Pat Cronin (Bill Williams) in the Sheriff's office, there is a wanted poster on the wall for Hondo Lane, the character Wayne played in Hondo (1953). See more »

Goofs

Many scenes that take place "in Texas" have saguaro cacti in them. Saguaros only grow in parts of Arizona and Mexico; they don't grow in Texas. See more »

Quotes

[Shasta wakes up in Cordona's bed after fainting]
Shasta: What am I doing here?
Cord McNally: Well, you fainted after you shot Whitey, so we put you to bed.
Shasta: Wait a minute! Where are my clothes? Which one of you took my clothes?
Cordona: I did.
Shasta: Why?
Cordona: Well, we flipped a coin and I won!
Shasta: Where are your pants.
Cordona: You're sleeping on them.
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Featured in Plimpton! Shoot-Out at Rio Lobo (1970) See more »

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Wayne helped by a motley group taking on a corrupt baron land and a villainous marshal
6 October 2011 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Involving and fascinating Western with crisp action , masterfully directed by Howard Hawks , being a take-off based on ¨Rio Bravo¨ and ¨El Dorado¨ mold . After the Civil War, Union ex-Colonel Cord McNally (John Wayne ) searches for the traitor whose perfidy originated the defeat of his unit and the loss of a close friend (Edward Faulkner) . The Duke then out to settle some old scores . In addition to an ex-Confederate officer (Jorge Rivero ) and an ex-sergeant ( Chris Mitchum) with whom he forms an uneasy alliance . They go to a little town called Rio Lobo where rules an ominous marshal (Mike Henry) and a heinous baron land named Ketchan (Victor French) . But the Duke takes prisoner Ketchan and imprisons him into jail for being brought to justice . Then he takes on a blockade of gunfighters and the nasty sheriff is out to get his kill-crazy boss . Duke along with a shotgun-toting old loony (the scene-stealing Jack Elam) are besieged and only helped by the Mexican/French ex-captain and the hot-headed Sergeant Tuscarora .

Action western, snappy dialog , shoot-outs at regular intervals, and humor abounds in this magnificent film whose roles are splendidly portrayed . It packs larger-than-life characters, uproarious events and lively happenings. The Duke carries strong acting on his brawny shoulders and perfectly does. It's basically a lighthearted , upside B Western and being mainly lifted out by veteran Jack Elam 's wonderfully acting as a half-crazed sympathetic old man , whose finger itches demoniacally on the trigger every time he gets a nasty guy in his sights . And of course, top-drawer John Wayne , few stars could match his ability to dominate a scene . Delightful supporting cast formed by several youthful costars as Chris Mitchum , Robert's son who starred Rio Bravo ; a gorgeous Jennifer O'Neill , recent his hit in Summer of 42 ; Sherry Lansing's last movie as an actress who married William Fredkin and future Paramount studio head ; Susana Dosamontes who married a magnate and gave birth the singer Paulina Rubio . Glittering Technicolor cinematography by William H Clothier who adds much to the setting of this unique Western . Marvelous musical score by Jerry Goldsmith including emotive guitar playing . This overlong, too much-acclaimed and very gripping Western will appeal to John Wayne fans . Rating : Above average, essential and indispensable Western , a masterpiece horse opera whose reputation has improved over the years . The motion picture is well directed Howard Hawks supported by John Wayne , it's a nice Western made by these two giants . Hawks proved to be a Western expert as ¨Big sky¨, ¨The outlaw¨ and ¨Red River ¨.

Rating : Good and great fun , though over lengthy and displays a number of similarities to previous ¨Rio Bravo¨ , quintaessential Hawks Western at the peak of his powers , starred by Walter Brennan , Ricky Nelson , Angie Dickinson and ¨El Dorado¨ with James Caan , Edward Ashner and Arthur Hunnicut virtual retreat of the previous role played by Walter Brennan and again by Jack Elam in ¨Rio Lobo¨in this second reworking of Rio Bravo; and of course the great John Wayne who repeats in the excellent trilogy .


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Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

18 December 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Tucson, Arizona, USA See more »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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