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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. 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

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 Christopher D. Ryan <cryan@direct.ca>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Give 'Em Hell, John.


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

18 December 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

San Timoteo See more »

Filming Locations:

Tucson, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$9,265,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During a break in filming, John Wayne collected his Best Actor Oscar for True Grit (1969) from Barbra Streisand at The 42nd Annual Academy Awards (1970). When he returned, every member of the cast was wearing an eye patch, including his horse. See more »

Goofs

In the railroad track greasing scene, some of the Confederate cavalrymen are wearing bandoliers containing post Civil War metallic cartridges. See more »

Quotes

Cord McNally: [to Ketcham] You mess this up, Sergeant Major, and you won't live to *know it*!
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Referenced in Daria: Camp Fear (2001) See more »

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Wayne carries this movie single-handedly
28 January 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

As you might have noticed in some of my other reviews of John Wayne films, I am not exactly a huge fan of his later films (during the last 10 years of his life)--though there are exceptions, such as THE SHOOTIST. It's because the films look like they were just churned out--with occasionally silly scripts and Wayne playing more a caricature of himself than acting like he did in earlier films. Plus, in many of these films the supporting cast just seemed second-rate. This movie is a prime example of a second-rate cast. While Wayne is fine, there just isn't a lot of real support from anyone--no ensemble cast of Harry Carey (Junior OR Senior), Ward Bond, James Arness or even John Agar! Now considering some of these people were dead when the film was made, I could certainly understand the decision NOT to put them in the film. But, couldn't they have gotten some better actors instead? The only one worth watching was Jack Elam (who was GREAT) but he was only in the last half of the film and could have used a lot more screen time as the crazy old man. Although I've seen this movie 3 or 4 times, I can't even remember WHO the two supporting Confederate soldiers were or even what they looked like--and that's very unusual for me. The three ladies, though pretty, were also equally bland.

So, overall this is a decent time passer for the average viewer (you can take it or leave it) and important for fans of John Wayne.


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