Rio Bravo

Rio Bravo

DVD - 2010
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On one side is an army of gunmen dead-set on springing a murderous cohort from jail. On the other is Sheriff John T. Chance and his two deputies: one a recovering drunkard, the other a crippled codger. Also in their ragtag ranks are an unseasoned, trigger-happy youth and a woman with a past-- and her eye on Chance.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Bros. Entertainment : Distributed by Warner Home Video, 2010, 1959
ISBN: 9780780665873
Branch Call Number: DVD RIOB
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 141 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Sep 28, 2018

This is an entertaining western. My only criticism is it's hard to buy the romantic attraction between a very young Angie Dickinson and John Wayne. He's more than twice her age and not all that attractive. With that said, it's a very enjoyable film with a great musical duet by Dean Martin and Ricky Nelson.

Sep 07, 2018

A classic oater directed by the legendary Howard Hawks and starring a drawling, swaggering John Wayne at his quintessential best. For all its lack of originality Hawks keeps the action going with tense showdowns both big and small, comedic breaks (Walter Brennan’s truculent non-stop monologue almost seems ad-libbed), and a bit of awkward romance when a young woman with a checkered past breezes into town and sets her sights on the sheriff (Angie Dickinson, twenty-five years Wayne’s junior). Marked by wide open cinematography that cashes in on its Arizona locations—cacti and widescreen sunsets galore—and an evocative score by Dimitri Tiomkin, "Rio Bravo" manages to avoid most of the genre clichés even though the bad guys do wear mostly black and wild west shootouts are okay as long as the criminals bite it. Science Fiction author Leigh Brackett co-wrote the screenplay—unusual for a woman in those days—and perhaps it’s this female perspective that lifts it from the usual string of cowboy platitudes into a work of classic cinema. Dean Martin is impressive as a washed-out alcoholic deputy looking for a second chance and baby-faced teen idol Ricky Nelson plays a decent baby-faced teen idol gunslinger.

Dec 05, 2017

Howard Hawks and John Wayne made an excellent picture in "Rio Bravo". Though I have now seen it at least 3 times, it still takes me back to the wild west. What a supporting cast with Dean Martin, who didn't do all that many movie roles. Walter Brennan was wonderful in all his films, but especially in "Rio Bravo". Claude Akin looked and acted like the meanest cowboy ever to take the screen. Even Ricky Nelson, yes even he comes through with an excellent performance. We all know Ricky was no feature film star either. Give the credit to director Howard Hawks for bringing out the best of the entire cast. "Rio Bravo" gave John Wayne a great script and Wayne showed he was equal to the task. I put "Rio Bravo" as one of my favorite all time classic western movies.

Jan 04, 2016

This movie has it all! Suspense, Romance, Action and even some songs!

Jan 03, 2016

This Howard Hawks production, as a response to screenwriter Carl Foreman's "High Noon" with Gary Cooper, (labeled as an "un-American" film by Wayne), is the epitome of The Duke's films. The definitive John Wayne Western, for me. 'Sheriff John T. Chance' is in full swagger... with a tremendous supporting cast. The late, great crooner Dino, as his suffering, sober sidekick 'Dude' (or 'Borachón'/Drunk); baby-faced (and kinda dorky) 18 year old (teenage heartthrob at the time) Ricky Nelson as young gun 'Colorado'; 'John T's' seductive, chatterbox love interest Angie Dickinson as 'Feathers' (who was almost half Wayne's age); Pedro Gonzalez-Gonzalez as 'Carlos', the hilarious Mexican innkeeper with high blood pressure... Ah, but then there's 'Stumpy'. Where would this film be without cackling, hooting, shotgun shooting Stumpy? Walter Brennan was a gem, and he cracks me up every time I watch this. I absolutely treasure this '59 classic. FIVE STARS.

Apr 17, 2015

Well, nothing brings out Snark nor hyperbolic Praise like a controversial film. Considering this film came out over a half century ago it stands up pretty well. Hawks used versions of the Wayne/Angie dialogue in other films, especially To Have and Have Not. IMO, the bar scene with Dean Martin and Wayne, looking for the bleeding killer is tense and wonderful. So many things going on: is dino sober enough; will wayne let him play it out; will he be "good" enough; and how will they deal with the rest of the killers?. Initially i thought the bartender was Ben Johnson.

Aka_Aka_Aka Mar 17, 2015

I don't get it! I really-really don't.... This film has got to be one of the most tired and lethargic big-budget Westerns ever produced this side of the goddamn Rio Grande. I ain't kiddin'!

Like, how could this film ever get away with being so over-rated for all of these years? Everything about Rio Bravo was tired-tired-tired, including the 52 year-old John Wayne, who looked like he was about ready to nod off at any minute in this one.

At 140 l-o-n-g minutes, I must say that Rio Bravo definitely pushed the limits when testing one's overall patience and tolerance. I believe that at least 30 minutes could've easily been cut from Rio Bravo's running time and no one would've noticed the diff, one way, or the other.

The unusual thing about Rio Bravo was that (since 95% of its action took place indoors) it lacked an authentic, Western-type, outdoor adventure to hold the viewer's interest. This struck me as very odd and this was the main factor that contributed to Rio Bravo's tired and somewhat claustrophobic atmosphere.

Naturally with Rio Bravo being the tired Western production that it was, it could only be expected to feature a tired romance, as well. Right?

This tediously tiresome love affair took place between two people who were, quite obviously, thirty years apart in age. And because there was no on-screen chemistry, whatsoever, happening between these two actors (Wayne & Dickinson), the whole affair was just plain tired to the 10th power, going, pretty much, nowhere, fast.

Sep 08, 2014

John Wayne was a special type of western hero. Director Howard Hawks proves it with the movie "Rio Bravo". In this 1959 classic western, he plays Sheriff John T. Chance. The cast is full of great character actor performances by Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson, Angie Dickinson, Ward Bond, Claude Akin, and my all time favorite Walter Brennan. They all work together to keep a murderous member of a gang in jail. His family will stop at nothing to get him out. The odds are against you John Wayne. You might as well give up now. Not our John Wayne. He stands tall and ready for all who want to cross his path. Justice will be carried out. I admire John Wayne as an actor and for the type of movies he would choose to star in. He also could pick the best directors. John Ford and Howard Hawks are a good team to play for.
P.S. KCLS has 3 copies of "Rio Bravo" and none are checked out at this moment. It is a good time to see a classic John Wayne western! Please let me know your reaction right here on the KCLS web site.

Feb 25, 2014

Sadly, the DVD of Rio Bravo I checked out from VPL is so badly scratched, it can not be played. I'll bring this to their attention when I return the disc later today.

May 07, 2013

Rio Bravo ---- (DVD - 2010 Warner Bros., Enterainment Inc., Western) ---- ((Original Copywrite: c- 1959/Renewed c- 1986 by David Hawks.)) ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- This movie is just plain Awesome: 5 Stars! ---- ---- And I will watch it many times with my friends & Family. ---- ---- ---- Performers: John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson, Angie Dickinson, Walter Brennan, Ward Bond, John Russell, Pedro Gonzalez-Gonzalez, Estelita Rodriguez, Claude Akins, Malcolm Atterbury, Harry Carey, Jr. ---- ---- ---- There is not a rating (MPAA or Otherwise) Sit back and relax, it is quite a show...2Hrs.-20min. ---- Enjoy! ---- RichardPaul (finished 5 - 2013)

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Jan 03, 2016

Dude: "I'm through. I quit, John. I quit." John T. Chance: "Alright, quit. Nobody's trying to stop ya. You wanna quit, quit! Go on back to the bottle, get drunk. One thing, though. Somebody throws a dollar in a spittoon, don't expect me to do somethin' about it. Just get down on your knees and go after it." (Dude angrily backhands Chance) Dude: "I'm... sorry." John T. Chance: "Sorry don't get it done, Dude. That's the second time you hit me. Don't ever do it again."

Jan 03, 2016

John T. Chance: "Stumpy." Stumpy: "Yeah?" John T. Chance: "Going over to the hotel for a few minutes." Stumpy: "Well, if'n ya don't come back, me 'n' Joe'll have us a good cry."

Jan 03, 2016

Stumpy (told to put the whiskey away): "Bring it out. Put it back. Nobody ever asked me if I need a drink! I ain't gonna wait for 'em to ask me, cuz I do. You two's enough to drive a man to it!" (swigs the bottle)

Jan 03, 2016

Dude: "I let 'em get me. I let 'em walk right up and stick my head in a water trough. And it was easy for 'em. I'm good when I'm sober, boy. Real good. I shoulda known better. Man not have sense enough to know when he's no good no more." John T. Chance: "Where ya goin'?" Dude: "Get your hands off me!" John T. Chance: "I said where ya goin'!" Dude: "You got no use for a man you can't depend on! One bad night and I'm done for. The old man takes a pot shot at me and I'm finished. I try, and I tried hard. Where'd it get me? Look at me. (shows his shaking hands) I got 'em so bad, I... What can a man do with hands like that?"

Jan 03, 2016

John T. Chance: "Stumpy... we're gonna take a turn around the town. ...You'll be alright?" Stumpy: "Of course, I'll be alright!" John T. Chance: "Well, then get in there where you belong!" Stumpy: "I'm goin'! I'm goin'! But you remember one thing! When you come back, you holler before you open that door! I'm liable to blast ya just for the heck of it!"

Jan 03, 2016

Stumpy: "Hey Chance, if'n you go by the hotel, pick up some coffee and sugar, would ya?" John T. Chance: "Joe complaining?" Stumpy: "Him?!? He don't get no sugar. His coffee's just water poured over the old grounds. I'll learn him to talk out of turn!"

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