- Actors: John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson, Angie Dickinson, Walter Brennan
- Directors: Howard Hawks
- Writers: B.H. McCampbell, Jules Furthman, Leigh Brackett
- Producers: Howard Hawks
- Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Original recording remastered, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
- Language: English, Spanish
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
- Number of discs: 1
- MPAA Rating:
- Studio: Warner
- Release Date: June 5 2007
- Run Time: 141 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 105 customer reviews
- ASIN: B000P6XU56
Rio Bravo [HD DVD] [Import]
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Dean Martin plays himself as Dude. And Ricky Nelson as Colorado Ryan really fits in this movie.
The story is of Good guys are holding the Daddy in the jail. All his compadres want him out. It is up to the town characters to prevent this from happening. How this is done or not done is the movie.
The only thing this movie needed to be perfect is black and white hats.
If I have to choose between "High Noon" and "Rio Bravo" guess wich I will view again..., and I like Coop's films mind...
INDISPENSABLE WESTERN IN ANY SERIOUS DVD COLLECTION (High noon belongs to another category really...).
I do not like to explain the argument but for me Walter Brennan's part in the film is ESSENTIAL and he plays it masterfully so that's why I miss him in the cover ( I think anyone could have played the rol of Ricky Nelson, as long it was young, in fashion, and could strum a guitar to sing a duo with a cool pro as Dino).
ENJOY. (They do not come like this anymore... Sorry Clint)
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