Rio Lobo [Blu-ray] (Bilingual) [Import]
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The final film by the legendary director Howard Hawks, released in 1970, found him paired with longtime leading man John Wayne in a story slightly similar to their more familiar Rio Bravo and El Dorado. Set at the end of the Civil War, the story finds Wayne playing a Union army colonel who recovers some stolen gold and roots out a traitor. Though a little creaky (Hawks had been making films since 1926), Rio Lobo nevertheless has his trademark, crackling dialogue, appealing characters, and ensemble spirit among the cast. This was a worthy finish to a fantastic career by a first-rank filmmaker. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The major problems with this film are two fold. One, the acting for many of the leads is painfully bad, and the script is absolutely unbelievable, even for a western. The dialogue is painful to listen to at times, and often seems forced. The fact that Jennifer O'Neil and Jorge Rivero cannot act only makes it more painful. Even the great character actor Jack Elam is dissapointing in his role, since his over the top performance makes his character more suitable to a comedy than to a western that seems to want to be taken seriously. In some ways, this is another problem, since this film doesn't seem to know what it wants to be, a comedy western or a serious western exploring typical western themes.
This film is only bearable entertainment for the true John Wayne fan. I personally watched the whole film simply because I enjoy watching John Wayne perform. If you are not a big John Wayne fan, this film is a waste of time.
John Wayne is moving from leading man with love interest to lovable old coot. Jorge Rivera takes over as the hunk. This is early in his acting career and very early in his English, but he's a doll to look at and OBTW, he does an outstanding leap over a fence. Christopher Mitchum looks very much like his father, and the chemistry between him and Wayne is similar to that of his father and Wayne (see Bob in El Dorado and Chris later in Big Jake).
This was Jennifer O'Neal's first movie, and it shows. But Wayne was famous for introducing new actors, even when it was clear they needed practice. Must have been because of the way Wayne himself was mentored in the 30s by John Ford, et. al. Watch his early work and see his own improvement.
Sherry Lansing was sexy and later vengeful. In the latter role, she, too, chewed up the scenery. She could have had a respectable acting career, but chose to shatter the movie mogul glass ceiling instead, and more power to her.
Then there's the scene stealers. David Huddleston can steal one just by being in it. Victor French is both scary and a coward simultaneously, a hard combination, but he can certainly pull it off. Hank Worden only had one scene, but he's as neat as ever. And finally, Jack Elam was a scenery chewing, crazy eyed loonie, with some of the funniest lines in the whole movie.
No, it's not the best, but I like it. It will always be in my personal movie stash.
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Of course with John Wayne it is not going to be without action, adventure, suspense and one of his greatest hits. A must buy if you enjoy J.W.Published 4 months ago by Remember Amer. Bandstand
When I tried to play this on my DVD player, I got the message, "not authorized for your region". Such items should not be sold in regions where they are not authorized.Published 8 months ago by Frances