The last and least memorable of John Ford's famous cavalry trilogy (following Fort Apache and She Wore a Yellow Ribbon), Rio Grande nonetheless has an interesting continuity about the gentlemanly rules of military conduct. Here the focus is on the family. While creating a heated controversy over his handling of the Apache war, John Wayne must also contend with disgruntled wife Maureen O'Hara and estranged son Claude Jarman Jr., a new recruit trying to earn his father's love and respect. Ford seems to suggest that there are two conflicting codes of honor in every cavalry officer's life, the personal as well as the professional, and that it takes an act of heroism to maintain both. It's fascinating to observe Wayne's progression throughout the trilogy, as his personal stakes intensify. Also, this is the first of five onscreen appearances between the Duke and O'Hara, each filled with a competitive spirit and stormy sexuality. --Bill Desowitz --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.
Love John Wayne. All his movies are great. This is a true classic. Watched it many times on VHS mikePublished 16 months ago by michael eaton
I,ve never heard of a Blu-ray in black & white format !! Although the movie itself was great I returned it for credit and will purchase a colour version .Published 17 months ago by Gerhard J Rosenow
If you enjoy the early westerns produced by John Ford and starring John Wayne then you will want to purchase this. Read morePublished on Feb. 21 2013 by Ladybird
RIO GRANDE nicely finishes off the John Ford Cavalry Trilogy. While not as intense as FORT APACHE, or touching as SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON, RIO GRANDE earns its stripes with the... Read morePublished on July 17 2004 by Gregory Saffady
Maureen O'Hara and John Wayne definitly have great chemistry in this film, and are a very romantic couple. It's well worth seeing, adventure, romance, and drama.Published on Feb. 14 2003 by Rosella Ann Myles
After reading all of the glorious reviews of this movie, which led to my getting it, I feel bad about panning it but thumbs down on this one. Read morePublished on Jan. 29 2003 by Puff Kitty