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Rio Bravo [HD DVD]

John Wayne , Dean Martin , Howard Hawks    Unrated   HD DVD
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When it comes down to naming the best Western of all time, the list usually narrows to three completely different pictures: John Ford's The Searchers, Howard Hawks's Red River, and Hawks's Rio Bravo. About the only thing they all have in common is that they all star John Wayne. But while The Searchers is an epic quest for revenge and Red River is a sweeping cattle-drive drama ("Take 'em to Missouri! Yeeee-hah!"), Rio Bravo is on a much more modest scale. Basically, it comes down to Sheriff John T. Chance (Wayne), his sobering-up alcoholic friend Dude (Dean Martin), the hotshot new kid Colorado (Ricky Nelson), and deputy-sidekick Stumpy (Walter Brennan), sittin' around in the town jail, drinkin' black cofee, shootin' the breeze, and occasionally, singin' a song. Hawks--who, like his pal Ernest Hemingway, lived by the code of "grace under pressure"--said he made Rio Bravo as a rebuke to High Noon, in which sheriff Gary Cooper begged for townspeople to help him. So, Hawks made Wayne's Sheriff Chance a consummate professional--he may be getting old and fat, but he knows how to do his job, and he doesn't want amateurs getting mixed up in his business; they could get hurt. This most entertaining of movies also achieved some notoriety in the '90s when Quentin Tarantino (director of Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, and Jackie Brown) revealed that he uses it as a litmus test for prospective girlfriends. Oh, and if the configuration of characters sounds familiar, it should: Hawks remade Rio Bravo two more times--as El Dorado in 1967, with Wayne, Robert Mitchum, and James Caan; and as Rio Lobo in 1970, with Wayne, Jack Elam, and Christopher Mitchum. --Jim Emerson

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By falcon TOP 1000 REVIEWER
i really like this Western.it stars John Wayne,Ricky Nelson,Dean martin
and Angie Dickinson,to name a few.the acting is superb in this
movie.but what i really like is the dialogue and the unique mix of
characters.the story is also good.it's straightforward and
simple.Unlike The Searchers,another John Wayne movie.Rio bravo is not a
sweeping,grand epic.it takes place in basically one town.nevertheless,i
found it engaging and compelling.this edition contains a raft of
extras,including two documentaries and a short featurette.Like the
Ultimate edition of The Searchers,here is also a reproduction of the
1959 Dell comic book,a reproduction of the original press book from
1959,and 8 full colour lobby cards.as for the movie itself,i think it's
pretty well done,and deserves a 3.5/5.the collection is definitely worth
having,and i give that a 4/5
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rio Bravo [blu-ray] July 5 2007
The quality of the transfer is much better than the regular DVD, in particular the colour benefits from 1080. There are a couple of scenes which are still a bit grainy, but that may be from the original film quality. It is well worth the price to upgrade to the 1080 version.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Western for everybody. May 11 2004
It seems like I meet a lot of people who don't like John Wayne, and just about as many who don't care for Westerns.
Well, whether you love John Wayne and Westerns, or are lukewarm on both counts, this movie might appeal to you anyway.
A lot of it has to do with Howard Hawks' direction. This classic came from the same guy who gave us "Bringing Up Baby," "The Big Sleep," and "His Girl Friday."
That means quick, witty dialogue, fun characters, and an overall stylishness in the proceedings (the cinematography is alarmingly crisp and colorful).
A cowboy, a crooner and a rockin' teen idol-- these three, Wayne, Dean Martin (in one of his earliest roles after leaving Jerry Lewis), and Ricky Nelson, come together in a way that feels symbolic. To fight off the imminent danger-- and in this film one senses it is hopelessly imminent-- the good guys need to stick close. Dean Martin plays the underdog, a drunk, with just the right touch-- humorous like so many Vegas shows, but with a bit of sadness too. Ricky Nelson looks a little uncomfortable in the saddle, and his lines are a little shaky, but the contrast of his usual persona with this fast-shooting kid makes him fun to watch.
Angie Dickinson is more beautiful than ever in this film and has very good chemistry with John Wayne.
Of course, what really adds the frosting to the cake is the incomparable Walter Brennan, just about the grumpiest old buzzard you'll ever lay eyes on. The spontaneity of Hawks' direction makes him even funnier, and I think Brennan alone moves "Rio Bravo" a notch higher than the successful remake-of-sorts "El Dorado.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ole Stumpy, The Fellow I Left Behind! April 20 2004
This is, without a doubt, one of John Wayne's best.....the character development just builds and builds throughout the movie until a thrilling climax.
The all-time show stopper in this movie has to be Stumpy (Walter Brennan)...every scene in which he is involved, the scene is essentially stolen from the other players (re-watch and you will see). He is at his best when whining about being stuck in the jail yet always is cowed eventually into doing exactly what Chance (Wayne) wants him to do....except at the end of the movie when he unexpectedly shows up and helps the good guys (hence, the title of this review)!
This is just a fun and feel-good movie pitting good vs. evil and along the way throws in a little humor for relief. This is the first of the trilogy by this director and is the best of the three...but El Dorado is not far behind and Rio Lobo is not anywhere near as bad as it has been depicted. I have all three and when I am needing a John Wayne fix, I can't go wrong with one of these.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone counts March 21 2004
Howard Hawks, director of "Rio Bravo" has a belief in people which shows in this film as a delight in humanity. He rejects the idea that, in a democracy, there exists people who can be thrown away. Critic Robin Wood wrote, "If I were asked to choose a film that would justify the existence of Hollywood, I think it would be 'Rio Bravo.'"
When Joe Burdett (Claude Akins) kills an unarmed man, Sheriff John T. Chance (John Wayne) takes him into custody, but Burdett's brother Nathan is one of the richest men in town, and he doesn't like his brother being locked up. With his town full of Burdett's men Chance is in trouble but he has a few folks willing to help - he's got Dude (Dean Martin), an ex-deputy and recent ex-drunk, and Stumpy (Walter Brennan), a cripple who has long been Chance's assistant. His old friend Pat Wheeler (Ward Bond) tries to help, but Chance rejects it, figuring any outsiders would just be more targets for Burdett's gang to shoot at - something proven when Wheeler is killed. Slowly, others join Chance's side: Feathers (Angie Dickinson), a card player who falls for Chance; gunman Colorado (Ricky Nelson), one of Wheeler's men; and Carlos (Pedro Gonzales-Gonzales), the local hotel owner. All the while Chance - who doesn't want help - can use the help his friends provide.
"Rio Bravo" offers us great brush strokes on a democratic canvas , a film about a bunch of folks that operate on the feeling that there really is no one to waste.
Early in the film when Wheeler realizes who's standing with Chance against the Burdetts, he says, "A bum-legged old man and a drunk. That's all you got?" and Chance answers, "That's what I got" and the way he says it you know that he doesn't mind a bit.
"Rio Bravo" is the most relaxed of movies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A story that is beautifully told with many character studies of each person in the story.
Published 25 days ago by John Connolly
5.0 out of 5 stars Review
Excellent cast . Every performance a gem. Excellent songs
Published 26 days ago by M. A. Dean
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
I bought this for my husband and his father because it's one of those movies that makes them laugh. Very hard to find in local stores was so happy to find on amazon!
Published 4 months ago by superwomam
5.0 out of 5 stars Rio Bravo
Got this very quickly thank you. We were expecting something else in the mail and we got this first! Husband was very happy. He is an old movie buff!
Published 9 months ago by sheri
5.0 out of 5 stars I Rolled the Dice
I rolled the dice on this import hoping it would work on my Blu ray player (I am in Canada the disc came from Germany). Read more
Published 10 months ago by Dave
4.0 out of 5 stars Accurate description for import edition
For those of you who wants to own this title on Blu-ray at a reasonnable price, get the german import (import allemand wich is the release for all Europe))avalaible from some... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Claude V.
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the very best John Wayne westerns, and I've seen a few.
I enjoy John Wayne movies, and this one (amongst many) I enjoyed a lot. I'm also a big fan of Wayne's "True Grit" and "In Harm's Way" and others, but this one is a... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Film making at its best!
Great lighting, costumes, cinematography, laid over a story that examines the meaning of authority and power, in a western setting.
Published 21 months ago by Laurie Henthorne
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Rio Bravo is a breath taking visual master piece. The cast is unforgetable, the music wonderful. John Wayne, Dean Martin. Ricky Nelson what a team. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Firefly74
5.0 out of 5 stars Rio Bravo DVD
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