- 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: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
- Number of discs: 1
- MPAA Rating:
- Studio: Warner Home Video
- Release Date: May 8 2001
- Run Time: 141 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 105 customer reviews
- ASIN: B000059HB7
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One deputy (Dean Martin) is a drunk, one (Walter Brennan) is a cripple and another (Ricky Nelson) is an eager, tinhorn kid. But Sheriff John Wayne knows he can count on 'em when the bullets fly. A landmark salute to heroism, directed by Howard Hawks.
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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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. A film that moseys through its over two hour length and it always has time to slow down for a song, or banter among Chance and friends. Hawks and his actors seem to forget about the plot for long periods just hanging out, enjoying each others company.
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.
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