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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

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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Taglines:

Give 'Em Hell, John.


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Trivia

When Cord McNally (John Wayne) meets Shasta Delaney (Jennifer O'Neill) there are three wanted posters. One of these is for Hondo Lane, a character Wayne played in Hondo (1953) and Hondo (1967) played in the TV series Ralph Taeger. The poster is from the TV show. See more »

Goofs

Commonly thought as a mistake, (that Ketchum's pants don't show any scorch marks from the fire), Ketchum is shown buckling his belt on a different color pair of pants just as they get ready to leave. 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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Referenced in The Jitters (1989) See more »

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Not quite as bad as people make out
10 January 2010 | by laticSee all my reviews

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

18 December 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rio Lobo See more »

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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